Our Mission, Vision, and Values
The WBDC’s mission 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.
The WBDC envisions a diverse world where all business owners have an equitable opportunity to compete and succeed in the marketplace and achieve economic independence.
The WBDC values our knowledgeable, prepared, and diverse staff; a culture that is results-oriented, supportive, and progressive; innovation, responsiveness, and relevancy; advocacy for public policies supporting women and other diverse communities; and respect for, and accountability to, all stakeholders.
What We DoView All Programs & Services
- Strategic one-on-one and group business advising
- Specialized cohort-based curricula and workshops
- Digital learning
- Private sector procurement opportunities
- Public sector contracting assistance
- WBE certification
- Financial education
- Debt and equity placement
- Direct lending
- Kiva microlending
Economic Impact (FY 2021)
The Women’s Business Development Center has eight offices across the Midwest and a nine-state WBE certification coverage area.
8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603