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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



Proxfinity Selected as the Technology Partner for a Fortune 500 client’s Innovation Week

Proxfinity was selected as the technology partner for a Fortune 500 client’s innovation week.  In addition to providing a hands-on digital experience during the event, Proxfinity provided metrics that showed how many people had conversations and what the most popular topics were. One of the client’s main objectives was to bring people from different departments together for face-to-face … Continued



WBDC TOP 6: July 7th to July 21st

WBDC TOP 6: July 7th to July 21st

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS #1 Women’s Business Enterprise Certification: Your New Path to Business Opportunities Looking for a way to promote your company to major corporations and government agencies? Discover how to certify your business as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Click here to view WBDC Top 6 Happenings … Continued



ScaleUp Aurora Receives Accolade from National Women’s Business Council

ScaleUp Aurora Receives Accolade from National Women’s Business Council

ScaleUp Aurora, an entrepreneurial education program presented by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), has been named by the National Women’s Business Council as a best-in-class resource for women business owners and is featured on their new website, Grow Her Business: A Resource for Start-up to Scale-up, a platform designed to improve access to resources required for … Continued



WBDC TOP 9: June 23rd to July 7th

WBDC TOP 9: June 23rd to July 7th

UPCOMING EVENTS #1 Milwaukee Fireside Chat and Networking Reception In honor of our 30th Anniversary, the Women’s Business Development Center cordially invites you to a special Fireside Chat and Networking Reception. The Milwaukee Chat is the fourth in a series of exclusive opportunities to hear from extraordinary women business owners who will share the secrets … Continued



4 Ways To Become an Advocate For Change

In the June issue of Chicago Woman, CEO of the Women’s Business Development Center, Emilia DiMenco shares “How To Become an Advocate for Change” for issues you truly care about. From the Presidential campaign to the issue of tech privacy, controversial issues have dominated the news channels for weeks. Like most entrepreneurs, you probably have an opinion, but … Continued