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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



Deborah Sawyer Engineered Path Through Ceiling for Women, Minorities

When Deborah Sawyer moved to Chicago 25 years ago, she was determined to start a business that had almost no peers: an engineering firm owned and operated by an African American woman. Ms. Sawyer’s Environmental Design International Inc. would eventually cut paths through male-dominated fields in civil and environmental engineering, construction inspections and land surveying. … Continued



GoNanny gets chosen by Invest Chicago!

GoNanny gets chosen by Invest Chicago! We would like to congratulate our founder and CEO, Patrice Darby, for being chosen as one of five minority and women owned businesses by Invest Chicago to receive $25,000 to push GoNanny’s mission forward! On Friday, September 16, The Chicago Leadership Luncheon honored the businesses chosen and had a … Continued



Proxfinity is Named One of the Top 100 Finalists for the 15th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

CHICAGO, Sept. 21, 20116 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Proxfinity is Named One of the Top 100 Finalists for the 15th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards Out of 643 nominees, Proxfinity™ of Chicago has been selected as one of the Top 100 Finalists still in the running for the 15th annual Chicago Innovation Awards.  The awards celebrate the most … Continued