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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



Work-life integration, the power of ‘no’: Women leaders share keys to success

They might not be business school highlights, but paying attention to health and personal relationships — and chucking guilt — are among keys for success in business, a panel of women entrepreneurs said at an event Tuesday. During the Fireside Chat, part of the WBDConnect program at the Allstate Arena’s Skyline Ballroom, moderator Cheryl Harris … Continued



WBENCLink2.0 Launch

WBENC is excited to announce the launch of WBENCLink2.0 on September 20! As a result of feedback and recommendations by the WBE and Corporate communities, WBENC has digitized the complete certification process. The new digitization process will: Provide an opportunity for process efficiencies through technology innovation. Allow WBENC-Certified WBEs and new applicants to upload their required … Continued



Inspiring Women: 3 Tips to Minimize Business Risks

Starting a business is a great way to take control of your financial future, yet nearly 50 percent of all U.S. business owners will fail within the first five years, according to a Gallup Poll. The good news is that you can reduce the risk by incorporating proven risk management tactics into your business strategy. … Continued



Back to School For Many Business Owners

Kids aren’t the only ones going back to school in the fall. Business owners grow and develop their businesses by learning through classes, certification programs and even advanced degrees to expand their knowledge and fill gaps in their business skills. There are a lot of ways to gain greater knowledge and improve your skills. Take … Continued



Build relationships to increase sales

Right up there with fear of public speaking is the fear of making sales calls. For most business owners, the idea of rejection or being considered pushy casts a dark cloud over the entire process. Yet, sales calls are necessary to build a pipeline of prospects that leads to sales and business success. The key … Continued