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

What happens when women want promotions? See Hillary Clinton

In 2016, why do women still have to try so hard to be considered deserving of a job, a promotion or a capital investment? Why do women have to work harder than men to appear qualified and competent? I’ve thought about that throughout Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as both male and female supporters hard-sell her … Continued

WBDConnect Event Offers Access to Big Business Opportunities for Women-Owned Companies

Connecting powerhouse women business owners and other diverse suppliers with Fortune 500 Companies is what it’s all about at the Women’s Business Development Center’s (WBDC) 30th Anniversary WBDConnect event. From procurement to matchmaking to networking, WBDConnect is focused on expanding business partnerships, and is being hosted at the Skyline Ballroom, Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Rd., … Continued

Deborah Sawyer, Business Owner and Longtime Friend of the WBDC, Passes Away

Deborah Sawyer cannot be defined by one action, one title or one moment. Deborah Sawyer was a mentor, a true example of servant leadership, and a friend to many women and minority business owners. We are deeply saddened to share the news of her recent passing after a long and courageous battle with cancer. We … Continued

Should You Start an Internship Program?

In her latest column in Reflejos, Janice Lopez offers tips on what it takes to make an intern program work. More and more business owners are establishing internship programs, not just for the summer months but all year around, knowing that they can be a win-win for employers and interns alike. If an internship program is … Continued

WBDC TOP 8: July 21st to August 2nd

WBDC TOP 8: July 21st to August 2nd

IN THE NEWS #1 ScaleUp Aurora Named Best-In-Class Resource for Women Business Owners ScaleUp Aurora, a 12-week program that gives owners of high potential established business the tools to grow, has been named by the National Women’s Business Council as a best-in-class resource for women business owners. Offered at no charge, the course provides entrepreneurial … Continued