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Keep Women in the Workforce and Men Win, Too – By Emilia DiMenco

As published in Crain’s Op-Ed Section on 4/10/2018: Chicago’s workers are making less money than they could, and that won’t change unless we figure out how to keep women in the workforce. According to a recent study by University of Akron assistant professor Amanda Weinstein, local wages—for men and women—rise when more women enter the workforce. Weinstein … Continued



Hedy M. Ratner’s Testimony on Business Enterprise Program to State Government Administration Committee Meeting- April 4, 2018

Business ownership is a route to wealth creation and economic growth.  Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in creating jobs and dynamism within our economy and has served our state well.   Although the rate of business starts declined during the recession, the rate of business growth has been highest in businesses owned by women and people … Continued



Freida Curry’s Testimony on Business Enterprise Program to State Government Administration Committee Meeting- April 4, 2018

My name is Freida Curry, and I am a Managing Director at the Women’s Business Development Center – also referred to as WBDC.  The WBDC is a 31 year-old organization that has guided, supported, motivated, and educated women-owned and other small businesses to acquire the skills and resources essential for starting and building successful businesses.  … Continued



Emilia DiMenco releases statement in honor of Black History Month

Emilia DiMenco releases statement in honor of Black History Month

“During Black History Month, we celebrate the incredible impact African Americans have had on our country. At the WBDC, we see this impact every day as we work closely with black business owners who are driving our local and national economies. According to the Small Business Administration, African Americans own 2.6 million small businesses that … Continued



Women’s Business Development Center Launches InventIllinois to Help Bring New High Science Products to Market

Women’s Business Development Center Launches InventIllinois to Help Bring New High Science Products to Market

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 20, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT Rachel Hatch rachel@hawthornestrategy.com (248) 787-5632 Women’s Business Development Center Launches InventIllinois to Help Bring New High Science Products to Market Program to support women, minority, and veteran researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs to enhance their competitiveness for $2.5 billion federal seed funding CHICAGO – The Women’s Business Development … Continued



Healthcare Coverage Deadline for Small Business Owners – December 15, 2017

Small business business owners and self-employed workers are nearly three times more likely to purchase marketplace healthcare coverage. Don’t miss your chance to have health insurance next year.  The deadline for 2018 is December 15, 2017, which is earlier than in prior years, and there will be no extensions. For free enrollment assistance by certified … Continued



Women Business Enterprises Call for Healthcare Solution that Works for Businesses of All Sizes

Women Business Enterprises Call for Healthcare Solution that Works for Businesses of All Sizes

For Immediate Release: November 27, 2017 Media Contact: Allyson Putman allyson@hawthornestrategy.com 270-635-2570   Women Business Enterprises Call for Healthcare Solution that Works for Businesses of All Sizes In survey of WBEs, the Women’s Business Development Center and Smart Policy Works learn what matters most in healthcare reform, identifying key protections and considerations for future reform … Continued



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