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Women’s Business Development Center Joins the Small Business Saturday Coalition for the 10th Annual Small Business Saturday® to Help Support Small Businesses

Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) today announced it has joined the Small Business Saturday Coalition and that it will, together with American Express, support this year’s Small Business Saturday® celebration, which takes place on Nov 30. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting the independent businesses that make our communities unique and provide … Continued



3 Expert Strategies for Improving Your Personal Brand
By Erik J. Martin, Contributor

Improving your personal brand can make more customers want to do business with you and more candidates want to work for you. What do you stand for as the owner of your business? And what kind of an entrepreneur do you want to be perceived as? The answers to these questions are found in your … Continued



Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

-Latina-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing sectors of national entrepreneurship in the U.S., with ownership increasing by 87 percent in recent years. -Additionally, while the national gender wage gap is 80 cents to the dollar for white women, it falls to less than 55 cents to the dollar for Hispanic women. We are … Continued



Advances for women, but more to be done
By Cynthia Johnson, Director, Established Business Program, WBDC
Meg Cook, President, Painters USA

August 26, Women’s Equality Day, marks the 99th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment — the day women were given the Constitutional right to vote. In the last 99 years, women have made remarkable strides, especially in the world of politics and business. In 2018, America elected 117 new women to the U.S. … Continued



BDC Honors Milwaukee Women Business Owners and Corporate and Public Sector Partners

BDC Honors Milwaukee Women Business Owners and Corporate and Public Sector Partners

  MILWAUKEE, WI – Today the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) hosted its 2019 signature event, WBDC Connect & Celebrate: Milwaukee at Johnson Controls. The event enabled attendees to connect with WBDC regional business and public sector partners to explore potential business opportunities and collaborations. It also offered an economic forecast for small business featuring … Continued



President and CEO of WBDC, Emilia DiMenco Upholds the Importance of Small Businesses ahead of Small Business Week

Emilia DiMenco, President and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), a nonprofit organization that supports and accelerates business development and growth for women and other minority groups, released the following statement in honor of Small Business Week, which is held May 5-May 11, 2019: “With over 28 million small businesses in the U.S. and … Continued



Crain’s 2019 Notable Women Executives over 50

Emilia DiMenco heads the Women’s Business Development Center, a nonprofit that supports women’s business ownership and strengthens the impact of women on the economy. DiMenco joined WBDC in 2010 and was named to the top post in 2013, a transition from co-founders Hedy Ratner and Carol Dougal. Under DiMenco’s leadership, the center last year oversaw … Continued



Women are still a long way from wage parity <br> By Emilia DiMenco and Yana Lentz, Minneapolis

Women are still a long way from wage parity
By Emilia DiMenco and Yana Lentz, Minneapolis

Women are contributing to the economy at record rates, and that is especially true in Minnesota. In 2018, the labor force participation rate for Minnesota women was 66.3 percent, which is nearly 10 percent higher than the national average. Minnesota is also making great strides toward reducing the gender wage gap. Nationally, women are paid about … Continued



The Year of the Woman Comes to Illinois<Br>By Emilia DiMenco and Hedy Ratner

The Year of the Woman Comes to Illinois
By Emilia DiMenco and Hedy Ratner

Tomorrow is a monumental day for the city of Chicago. For the first time, not only does the city have a run-off election between two women, it has a run-off election with two African-American women. This historic mayoral race follows an inspiring wave of women leaders sworn into office earlier this year including democratic newcomer … Continued



International Women’s Day 2019! How Will You Balance for Better?
By Emilia DiMenco

Economic parity makes our businesses and our communities better, which is why the Women’s Business Development Center is committed to advancing economic independence for all women. When women are empowered to establish and grow successful businesses, they help drive our communities forward toward equal pay and equal representation in the workplace.  At the WBDC, we … Continued



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