Events

A Moment with Beth Kieffer Leonard

A Moment with Beth Kieffer Leonard

What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With”, where we periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting Beth Kieffer Leonard, Managing Partner at Lurie LLP. Meet Beth: Beth Kieffer … Continued



A Moment with Carol Dougal and Hedy Ratner

A Moment with Carol Dougal and Hedy Ratner

  What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With” where we periodically highlight our greatest supporters and partners by sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting our very own Carol Dougal, Co-Founder, President Emerita and Hedy Ratner, Co-Founder, … Continued



Economists Fear Long Term Effects of ‘She-Cession’

ILLINOIS CORONAVIRUS  A so-called “she-cession” is sweeping the nation, with more women are leaving the workforce than ever before. “You can only put off your own work so much. It just became exhausting,” said Wendy Mccullough, a Chicago mother of two. Mccullough had been working in management consulting for 20 years. She had taken time off … Continued



The WBDC Honors Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month highlights the importance of the mission of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), which is to support and accelerate business development and growth, targeting women and serving all diverse business owners, in order to strengthen their participation in, and impact on, the economy. This year, we are reflecting on the momentous challenges … Continued



Honoring Black History Month

Honoring Black History Month

  As Black History Month comes to a close, the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) reaffirms our unwavering commitment to advocacy and action for ending racism. The WBDC is proud to honor, year-round, Black history and experience, as well as the many contributions of Blacks to our country’s history. 2020 was notable not only for … Continued



A Moment with Mark Hands

A Moment with Mark Hands

What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With”, where we periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting Mark Hands, Director of Supplier Diversity and Associate Office of Minority and … Continued



A Moment with Kathy April-Rush

A Moment with Kathy April-Rush

What is “A Moment With”: The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With”, where we periodically highlight valued supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting Kathy April-Rush, the Associate Director of North America Supplier Diversity at AbbVie Inc. Meet Kathy: … Continued



A Moment With – Jim Kirk

A Moment With – Jim Kirk

  What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With”, where we periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting Jim Kirk, Publisher and Executive Editor of Crain’s Chicago Business. Meet … Continued



Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD) and Early Resolution Program (ERP) Announcement – Press Q&A/Legislator Talking Points

GENERAL QUESTIONS What is Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD)? CCLAHD is a county-wide initiative serving residents of Cook County in need of legal assistance for issues surrounding eviction, foreclosure, debt and tax deeds. Cook County has been proactively working with elected officials and nonprofit organizations to develop this initiative. Partnering offices … Continued



A Moment With – Maria Castro

A Moment With – Maria Castro

  What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to introduce our new series, “A Moment With”, where we will periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we are thrilled to introduce you to Comcast Regional External Affairs Manager, Maria Castro. … Continued



A Moment With – Robert Steiner

A Moment With – Robert Steiner

  What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to share with you our new series, “A Moment With” where we will periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we are thrilled to introduce you to Robert Steiner, the District Director … Continued



BBB Chicago and N. Illinois welcomes Women’s Business Development Center to BBB Accreditation

The Better Business Bureau Serving Chicago and Northern Illinois is pleased to announce the Women’s Business Development Center as a newly accredited organization with the BBB. Steve Bernas, president and CEO of BBB of Chicago and Northern Illinois, says, “I’m excited to announce that we recently added this wonderful organization to our BBB family. The Women’s Business … Continued



Assistance for Businesses Impacted by Civil Unrest; IL 16493 Disaster Declaration

Assistance for Businesses Impacted by Civil Unrest; IL 16493 Disaster Declaration

There is a new disaster declaration related to the Civil Unrest occurring in Cook County and the surrounding counties from May 26-June 8. Businesses of all sizes and non-profit organizations can apply for low-interest disaster loans to cover uncompensated physical losses; small businesses and most non-profits can also apply for economic injury. Your business does … Continued



With Limited Access to Resources, Black-Owned Businesses Hit Especially Hard by Pandemic- By Francine Knowles

The number of active Black-owned businesses in the U.S. plummeted 41 percent during the early months of the pandemic from February to April, more than twice the 17 percent level of white owned businesses. That is according to research by Robert Fairlie from the University of California Santa Cruz that is based on government data. … Continued



Getting Ahead with Purpose- Chicago Booth Magazine

Getting Ahead with Purpose- Chicago Booth Magazine

Alumnae and students came together to discuss making an impact at Booth’s first International Women’s Day Conference. When executive leadership coach Stephanie Klein, ’91, walked on stage at the inaugural Booth International Women’s Day Conference on March 7, she had a mantra to share with the audience: “Attaching mindfulness to emotional intelligence means exponential power.” … Continued



Mayor Lightfoot Awards Grants To Nearly 1,000 Microbusinesses Impacted By COVID-19

Mayor Lightfoot Awards Grants To Nearly 1,000 Microbusinesses Impacted By COVID-19

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Mayor Lightfoot and Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) announced Thursday that $5,000 grants have been awarded to nearly 1,000 microbusinesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak through the $5 million Microbusiness Recovery Grant Program. According to the Mayor’s Office, through this program, 959 microbusinesses from across 36 low- and moderate-income community areas … Continued



City of Chicago Microbusiness Recovery Grant program

The City of Chicago recognizes that COVID-19 has put a difficult burden on our business and non-profit communities. While there are many loan opportunities available on the local, state and federal level, the City understands that not all businesses are able to take on debt during this challenging time. To learn more and apply, please … Continued



Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Aannounces Relief Efforts for Small Businesses and Independent Contractors

Cook County’s Bureau of Economic Development has launched The Community Recovery Fund as part of the Community Recovery Initiative. This loan fund offers one-time, zero-interest loans of up to $20,000 for small businesses and $10,000 for independent contractors in suburban Cook County. Loans will be administered by the Chicago Community Loan Fund and provided by … Continued



The Census Bureau is required by law to finish the 2020 Census by December 31, 2020

The Census Bureau (Bureau) is required by law to finish the 2020 Census and deliver the count of the population to the President by December 31, 2020. At the same time, the Bureau must address the risks presented by the global spread of COVID-19.  On March 18, the Bureau announced it would suspend field operations … Continued



CORONAVIRUS Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

CORONAVIRUS Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

Prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the  initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency. … Continued