Latina-Owned Businesses Have Growth Opportunity Through 6-Week Program

Latina-Owned Businesses Have Growth Opportunity Through 6-Week Program Presented by Women’s Business Development Center

CHICAGO, IL, September 23, 2016 – The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) wlll soon launch the second cohort of a six-month leadership and entrepreneurial comprehensive training program for Latina business owners called the Latina Entrepreneurial Accelerated Development (LEAD) Program.

Delivered in English and focused on four key areas – leadership, mentoring, volunteerism and strategic business planning, LEAD will kick off on Wednesday, October 26, with a three-day intensive leadership training seminar at 2112, a creative industry incubator at 4245 N. Knox in Chicago, to build peer-to-peer connections and set the stage for the entire program. Participation is limited to 15 Latina business owners headquartered in Illinois who have at least two employees and have been in operation for two years or more.

To learn more about the LEAD program, visit or contact Nathalie Rosado at 312.853.3477 x 580 or The deadline to apply is October 21. Cost for the entire program, including breakfast and lunch at the retreat, is $150 per person. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Funding was provided by Discover Financial, NBC Universal and 2112.

“LEAD provides relevant and targeted programming in a closed group setting to established business owners who are poised for growth,” says Janice Lopez, director of the WBDC’s Women’s Business Center in Chicago and WBDC managing director of Entrepreneurial Services.

Structured in three phases – planning, activation and assessment – the program provides participants with entrepreneurial training and connections to help them select a nonprofit organization where they will volunteer. Regular meetings enable participants to deliver progress reports and network with each other. Graduates have the opportunity to serve as mentors to future Latina entrepreneurs.

A nationally recognized economic development center, the Women’s Business Development Center, headquartered in Chicago, provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance in Spanish and English.

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