SAVE THE DATE | WBDC 2024 Midwest Business Conference 9.12.24


SEPTEMBER 12, 2024


Hyatt Regency O’Hare Rosemont, Illinois

What’s Next? Link Your Business to the Future

Welcome the future at the WBDC’s 2024 Midwest Business Conference. Learn from industry leaders about how to take your business to the next level and pursue new business opportunities.  Mingle and make promising new connections to expand your network. This is your chance to boost your business and prepare for what’s coming. Don’t miss out!


Emilia DiMenco

WBDC President and CEO

Sandra Rand

WBDC Board Chair and Retired Director of Supplier Diversity, United Airlines, Inc.

Event Schedule

12:30 PM-6:30 PM: Galleria Connections

A festive marketplace with premier products sold by women entrepreneurs.



1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Alumni Connections

An invitation-only event for WBDC program alumni.


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Kickoff Connections

Welcome Remarks and Keynote Address

  • Welcome from Emilia DiMenco, WBDC President and CEO
  • Welcome from Sandra Rand, WBDC Board Chair and Retired Director of Supplier Diversity, United Airlines, Inc.
  • Keynote address


3:00 PM - 500 PM: Business Resource Connections

Visit the Business Resource Center to network with government and corporate representatives from throughout the Midwest and get helpful information about programs, services, and opportunities that can take your business to new heights.



5:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Network Connections

A finale Reception where you, fellow women business owners, private and public sector executives, and community partners can mix and mingle while enjoying a light dinner buffet, drinks, and live jazz.

Location: Grand Foyer


Hotel, Parking, and Transportation

Room Blocks

For those who wish to stay overnight at the Hyatt, we have a block of rooms available at a discounted rate of $159 per night. Please click here to learn more and book your stay.


To enter the Hyatt’s self-park garage, turn off River Road onto Bryn Mawr Avenue. At the end of Bryn Mawr Avenue at the dead end, turn left to enter the Hyatt covered garage. Do not turn right or you’ll be in the covered garage for the Stephens Convention Center.

The Hyatt also has an outdoor parking lot.

Valet parking is not available.

The discounted parking cost for conference attendees is $17. You will need your parking ticket validated by WBDC staff at the Parking Validation table to use the discount.


The Hyatt is conveniently located less than a mile away from the Rosemont CTA Blue Line station.

The Hyatt offers complimentary shuttle service to and from O’Hare International Airport, running every 15 minutes from 4:00 am-midnight and every 30 minutes from midnight-4:00 am.


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