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Amanda Brinkman Honored

Deluxe Corporation was a century-old brand in need of a reboot. The $2 billion publicly traded company — rooted in a history of making paper checks — had evolved to offer marketing services for small businesses, but it needed a way to tell consumers its new story. Deluxe found the perfect communicator in Amanda Brinkman, … Continued



Women’s Business Development Center Elects Amanda Brinkman to Board of Directors

Chief Brand and Communications Officer of Deluxe brings a passion for creativity and innovation to the board The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) has announced that its Board of Directors has elected Amanda Brinkman as a director, effective February 9, 2017. Brinkman is the Chief Brand and Communications Officer of Deluxe. “Amanda brings a unique … Continued



Lessons Learned from a Local Business Start-up: By Ossie Ruff

Lessons Learned from a Local Business Start-up: By Ossie Ruff

I fulfilled a lifelong dream in September 2016 when I launched Organized Kaeoz, a beauty salon and barber shop in Oswego, with my daughter Kala Hall, who is our head stylist specializing in natural hair. We are fortunate to have enjoyed considerable success. Our clientele is growing, and we’re currently searching for another stylist. We … Continued



WiSTEM at 1871 Partners With WBDC to Train Accelerator Hopefuls

Two of Chicago’s highest-profile organizations for entrepreneurs are joining forces for the first time to bolster women-led enterprises. The nonprofit Women’s Business Development Center will train the overflow of 1871 Chicago’s WiSTEM accelerator hopefuls, providing an alternative source of support for fledgling companies. Rejected applicants will be encouraged to use WBDC resources and reapply.  Read more.



Statement on Proposed Changes to the Affordable Care Act

As we continue to learn more about the proposed American Health Care Act being put forward by the new administration to replace the Affordable Care Act (‘ACA’), the Women’s Business Development Center encourages all of our clients to be vigilant in learning how this new healthcare policy may impact your businesses, your clients and yourselves. … Continued



The WBDC Is Bold and Strengthens Women’s Economic Empowerment: By Emilia DiMenco

As CEO of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), every day I see the power and significant impact women have on the economy and their important role in building strong communities. Gender parity is no longer only a women’s issue – it is critical to creating a viable space for entrepreneurs to succeed.  By taking … Continued



Chicagoans Fight Back To Defend The City’s Image

CHICAGO (CBS) — Not long ago, Chicago’s image around the world was stellar. Oprah, Michael Jordan, and former President Barack Obama were from the Windy City. Now, as violent crime soars, Chicago is taking a beating with President Trump leading the criticism. Chicago is one of the cities for professionals like one of WBDC’s clients Evony … Continued



The Good News: Nonprofits Are Seeing a Surge in Volunteer Interest. The bad: They Can’t Always Handle It

Not since Hurricane Katrina has Margaret Duval seen such a flood of would-be volunteers for the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, a Chicago nonprofit. The clinic, which offers legal aid to victims of domestic violence, needs about 60 volunteers a week to do its work. Formerly, “when people heard about us, they’d say, ‘Oh, that’s interesting,’ … Continued



It’s never too late to write a business plan: By Janice Lopez

Even if you’re already in business, a written business plan can give you direction and reinforce your goals. Just ask Georgina Driver and Valerie Winkfield, owners of Luv That Scrub and Val’s Paper Passion. The two business owners created business plans during the “Plan for Profit” workshop series presented recently by the Women’s Business Development … Continued



Obamacare’s Hungriest Large Market Goes Begging for Attention: By Margaret Newkirk

Ron Nelsen used to cringe when one of his five employees got sick. The owner of an electric garage door company in Las Vegas, Nelsen knew he’d pay for it when insurance renewal time rolled around. “I’m ashamed to say it, but I would just have this sinking feeling in my gut.” Nelsen is part … Continued