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

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