Events

WBDC Client Wins National SBA Award!

SBA Awards Illinois Entrepreneur as 2018 National Small Business Person of the Year Entrepreneurs from West Virginia, New Mexico and Louisiana also recognized by SBA as Runners-up WASHINGTON – Linda McMahon, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration today recognized and awarded this year’s Small Business Person of the Year at a ceremony and reception at the … Continued



2018 PepsiCo Choice Competition

2018 PepsiCo Choice Competition



Rebecca Fyffe

Rebecca Fyffe



Access to Capital: How to Find the Financial Resources You Need to Start or Grow Your Business – By Lisandra Martinez

When it comes to starting or growing your business, access to capital is one of the most important foundational aspects. Whether you already think you have the resources you need, or if  you’re seeking additional funds, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Get Prepared The best way to access funding is to pursue funding opportunities prepared – and to see every networking event as an … Continued



Keep Women in the Workforce and Men Win, Too – By Emilia DiMenco

As published in Crain’s Op-Ed Section on 4/10/2018: Chicago’s workers are making less money than they could, and that won’t change unless we figure out how to keep women in the workforce. According to a recent study by University of Akron assistant professor Amanda Weinstein, local wages—for men and women—rise when more women enter the workforce. Weinstein … Continued



Hedy M. Ratner’s Testimony on Business Enterprise Program to State Government Administration Committee Meeting- April 4, 2018

Business ownership is a route to wealth creation and economic growth.  Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in creating jobs and dynamism within our economy and has served our state well.   Although the rate of business starts declined during the recession, the rate of business growth has been highest in businesses owned by women and people … Continued



Freida Curry’s Testimony on Business Enterprise Program to State Government Administration Committee Meeting- April 4, 2018

My name is Freida Curry, and I am a Managing Director at the Women’s Business Development Center – also referred to as WBDC.  The WBDC is a 31 year-old organization that has guided, supported, motivated, and educated women-owned and other small businesses to acquire the skills and resources essential for starting and building successful businesses.  … Continued



Julie Savitt

Julie Savitt



Raiye Rosado

Raiye Rosado

Today we’d like to feature one of our clients, Raiye Rosado, as a business owner that has shown persistence as she worked to launch her business. Raiye wanted to open a business but wasn’t sure what it would be until her husband started home brewing – she had a sip of one of his new … Continued



Caprice O’Bryant-Gutierrez

Caprice O’Bryant-Gutierrez

Caprice O’Bryant-Gutierrez survived two car accidents (one that could have left her unable to walk) when she was 14 and 17. As she was recovering from her second accident, she discovered her passion for fitness and became a certified personal trainer at 20 years old. By 22, she had opened her own gym. The WBDC … Continued