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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



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.