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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



Survey Shows that Access to Affordable, Quality Health Care Is Crucial to Small Business Success

The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), in partnership with Health & Disability Advocates (HDA), released today a survey shedding light on key issues facing small business employers in the changing healthcare landscape. The survey, Employer Attitudes on the ACA, was conducted by HDA, leveraging the WBDC’s network of small businesses across the Midwest, including Illinois, … Continued



Small Business to Trump: Let Us Help Revamp Obamacare: By Kristen Schorsch

With the new administration, the healthcare landscape is quickly evolving.  As advocates for small business, the WBDC recognizes the implications repealing the ACA has on small business. In partnership with Health and Disability Advocates, we’re using our voice in the important discussion about the ACA and why it matters for small business. Join the conversation. … Continued



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

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 … Continued



Emilia DiMenco with Business Affairs & Consumer Protection Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek

The Women’s Business Development Center was live for a webinar with Business Affairs & Consumer Protection Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek, providing an overview of WBDC services & financial support.



Women’s Business Development Center Celebrates 30 Years Fueling Entrepreneurial Success

As a major 21st century trend, small business development is the key driver of economic growth, creating new jobs and innovative products and services that lead to economic self-sufficiency and helps build stronger communities. An estimated 25 million people in the U.S., many of them women, now run their own enterprise. Business ownership wasn’t always an … Continued



Military Veterans Scavenger Hunt on October 7

Military Veterans Scavenger Hunt Oct. 7 To Help Prospective Business Owners Find, Expand Resources Military veterans who want to kick-start or expand a small business have an opportunity to make connections and expand their resources at the Military Veterans Scavenger Hunt on Friday, October 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning at the Pritzker Military … Continued



Making Sales Promotions Work

Have your sales stopped growing? You might consider changing up your strategy and encourage shoppers to try your product or service through discounts and special offers such as free shipping offered for a limited time. However, not all promotions work as planned. To capture the interest of your prospects and persuade them to buy, here … Continued



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 … Continued