SAVE THE DATE | WBDC 2024 Midwest Business Conference 9.12.24

Angela Hart of Let’s Play Work

When thinking of an indoor playground for children, one thinks of an indoor space designed just for kids. However, what happens to the parents and caregivers that bring their children…

Ashley Folk of Folkmade Custom Cookies

Ashley Folk founded Folkmade Custom Cookies in 2020 after working in restaurant kitchens and catering companies for a decade. Having been furloughed during the pandemic and armed with a culinary…

Maricela Perez of Santa Maria Health

The story of Santa Maria Health began in 2017 when its passionate founder, Maricela Perez, decided to open her own business in psychiatric mental health services. Armed with 35 years…

Emilia Rizzuto of All Things Elderberry

Emilia is the passionate founder and co-owner of All Things Elderberry, a remarkable business that has grown from a simple idea, born out of necessity, into a thriving success story….

Cheryl Vargas of Art Studio 928

Meet Cheryl Vargas,  the visionary owner of Art Studio 928, where art meets the business world. Their mission is to provide quality art products and innovative art team-building experiences incorporating…

Genesis Bencivenga, Sr. of Lorenzo’s Frozen Pudding

Empowered by the Chicago Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) and supported by a strategic partnership with Walgreens, the ascent of Lorenzo’s Frozen Pudding stands as a testament to unwavering determination…

Berenice Perez of Neveria Moreliana

Located in Plano, Illinois, Berenice Perez embarked on her entrepreneurial journey eleven years ago with the establishment of her ice cream shop, Neveria Moreliana. Though faced with initial challenges, Berenice’s…

Barbara Burdick of Cuddle Bunny

Following a distinguished 30-year career in human resources, Barbara Burdick embarked on a new chapter, driven by her unwavering passion for bunnies. Having experienced the joy of owning pet bunnies…

David Toledo of Contemporary Farmers Inc.

David Toledo, driven by a passion for social change, founded Contemporary Farmer Inc. with the aim of empowering black, brown, and queer communities through entrepreneurship. His business model, centered around…

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