Trump, tech and other reasons there’s still work for this women’s business group

Emilia DiMenco, center, CEO of the Women's Business Development Center, talks with businesswomen Kelly Gallagher, left and Victoria Rock, right, during the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce's Exchange trade show at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune) B583632542Z.1 ....OUTSIDE TRIBUNE CO.- NO MAGS, NO SALES, NO INTERNET, NO TV, CHICAGO OUT, NO DIGITAL MANIPULATION...The Chicago-based Women’s Business Development Center has supported women entrepreneurs for 30 years, and with economic ups and downs, the rise of tech incubators and a President-elect Trump, the group says it still has plenty of work to do.

Since its 1986 founding by Hedy Ratner and Carol Dougal, the nonprofit organization has helped more than 78,000 businesses — including some founded by men — over a nine-state region.

Ahead of a Tuesday celebration and awards presentation at Wintrust Banking Hall, President and CEO Emilia DiMenco  talked about the group’s stability, how a narrow scope of tech incubators leaves out a lot of entrepreneurs and the potential effects of a Trump administration on women-owned businesses.  Read the full article in Chicago Tribune.

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