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September 25

Top Shelf Business Cohort

The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is proud to present Top Shelf Services: Professional Services. This six-week virtual program is sponsored by Walgreens and bp, WBDC corporate partners. The program is designed to help established professional services businesses access procurement opportunities in the mass retail market. Participants will have the opportunity to pitch their services to a select group of corporate representatives who will provide valuable feedback.

The program is specifically targeted to businesses in the following professional service areas:

  1. Technology (not staffing)
  2. Training
  3. Legal
  4. Marketing (not promotional products)
  5. Public Relations
  6. Property i.e., Architects, Engineers
  7. Environmental


Upon competition of the program, participants will have successfully completed educational training from subject matter experts and hands-on learning opportunities in the following areas:

  • Increase contract wins in the retail industry
  • Gain insights from industry professionals
  • Learn from your peers
  • Develop a proposal toolkit that includes:
    • Capabilities Statement
    • Content for proposals
    • Pitch Presentation Skills Training
    • Introductory Emails
    • Business matchmaking follow-up
    • Plus more…

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Be an established professional services business owner interested in selling to retailers
  2. Two or more years in business
  3. WBE Certified
  4. Committed to attending 6 weeks of virtual learning via Zoom

Limited space is available. All applicants must make themselves available for a brief phone interview.

This program is open to all certified WBEs.

When: Every Thursday | October 26 – December 7, 2023 (no class November 23)

Time: 9:00 – Noon, CST

Where: Via Zoom

Application Deadline: September 25, 2023


For more information, contact Cynthia Johnson | cjohnson@wbdc.org





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