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Loretta Rosenmayer Named National EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® in the Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources Category

Loretta Rosenmayer, Founder and Chairwoman of the Board for INTREN, has received one of the industry’s highest honors, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in the Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources category. The award was presented at the Entrepreneur of the Year® US national gala held in Palm Springs, California.   The EY organization celebrates … Continued



Get your business ready for Small Business Saturday®

The Women’s Business Development Center is proud to support Small Business Saturday®, which unites communities to support businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday shopping tradition that celebrates all types of small businesses, from corner stores to food trucks to online boutiques. Your business is an important part of our business, and we … Continued



SBA is Hiring! Help Homeowners and Businesses Recover After Disasters

With recovery efforts underway in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, it is clear the damage and devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will reach historic levels. Homes, businesses, and lives have been uprooted by the sheer force of nature, affecting millions of people. After FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is … Continued



Women’s Business Development Center Selected for Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Grant

Women’s Business Development Center Selected for Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Grant

Three-Year Program Will Advance Efforts to Support Diverse Entrepreneurs The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) was selected by ChicagoNEXT, World Business Chicago (WBC), and the Blackstone Charitable Fund to join a cohort of organizations who will receive grant funding from the Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge. The Blackstone Challenge is a three-year pilot program awarding up … Continued



Chicago Innovation, WBDC, ARA Celebrate Local Women in Innovation

Chicago Innovation, the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) and Attract, Retain, Advance (ARA), hosted Celebrating Women in Innovation, which highlighted the ways women continue to break new ground by taking risks and doing things differently. “This event celebrates women who are at the peak of their careers, and got there by focusing on innovation to … Continued



Small Business Spotlight: Female Business Leader Provides More Than Just Auto Insurance

As the business of insurance of all kinds continues to be a local and national talking point, Fatima Sifuentes, owner of Seguromex Insurance, is making strides in the field of auto insurance. Born and raised in Mexico until the age of 16, Fatima learned the value of insurance and the need to educate others upon … Continued



Small Business Spotlight: Chicago Business Owner Finds Success Despite Economic Challenges

The construction industry has recently become an important part of the national conversation. For Rosemary Swierk, it’s been her line of work and passion for most of her career. Since 2004, Rosemary has served as President of Direct Steel and Construction. Rosemary recognizes the future of the industry as diverse and always evolving. Graduating from Indiana … Continued



Small Business Spotlight: Keeping the American Dream Alive

Lisa Scott, founder of Scott Global Migration Law Group, a certified woman-owned immigration law office, has seen firsthand what it means to achieve the “American Dream” – both in law and in life. For people from all walks of life, chasing the “American Dream” means turning your hopes and wishes into reality. It’s the ability … Continued



Small Business Spotlight: Chicago Business Strives to Improve Public Health

When Rebecca Fyffe purchased Landmark Pest Management in 2012, she recognized an opportunity to take the business to a new level. She knew if her company moved to a centralized location, cut costs to suppliers, and added more space she could create jobs and utilize her research-based approach to improve public health in more Chicagoland communities. To … Continued



Bridgeview Entrepreneur Serves Up Healthier Sauces: By Francine Knowles

I think my daddy would have liked hearing the story of Pamela Jones. The Bridgeview resident and entrepreneur has been focused on hitting the sweet spot with consumers. Her recipe: barbecue, Asian, ketchup and other sauces she developed that are free of preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and gluten. Her CharBoy’s line of sauces, which … Continued