Our Mission

The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) was founded in 1986 and is a 501(c)(3) nationally recognized leader in the field of women’s business development and economic empowerment.

The mission of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) 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.


  • Increase awareness of entrepreneurship as a viable means of economic self-sufficiency
  • Accelerate the growth rate of enterprises owned by women and other diverse business owners
  • Stimulate public policy and system changes that support and strengthen economic empowerment of women and other diverse business owners
  • Increase economic impact on individuals, families, and communities

Programs and Services

Whether in the ideation stage, with an interest in exploring business ownership; early stage, with a need to better understand business and financial fundamentals; or growth and sustainability stage, with a focus on innovating and executing capacity-building strategies; WBDC delivers programs and services designed to meet client needs with the goal of helping to create jobs, fuel economic growth, and build strong communities. WBDC programs and services are community-based, culturally aware, and customized to align with the business stage and needs of the business owner and the market/community being served.

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WBDC is a lifeline for learning how to maneuver these rough times. COVID devastated our business. WBDC programs helped us survive. I signed up for several programs during the last year.

Sue Ecker - Abdale Corp, Elmhurst, IL

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