In light of the global spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and building upon recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) has enacted multiple necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our staff, clients and partners.
For weeks, the WBDC has closely monitored updates from global and local health officials and has utilized their guidance to determine our ongoing course of action. In addition to protecting our staff by cancelling business travel, increasing hand sanitizing stations in our offices, and preparing plans for remote work, we will also be taking new approaches to our cohorts, workshops, and regional events to ensure the health and safety of our clients and partners.
To limit the possibility of exposure to the virus from large group settings, the WBDC has begun to transition our current programs and one-on-one advising sessions to operate on a virtual basis. This decision has not come lightly. While we prefer the effectiveness of offering certain services in-person, the virtual option is our best solution to continue to deliver business guidance and support while maintaining the health and safety of the WBDC network, which is our highest priority.
We have also decided to transform our regional Connect & Celebrate conferences to various virtual offerings. We are in the process of determining the virtual offering components and dates, and we will keep you informed. The following regional conferences and previously scheduled dates will be transformed to various virtual sessions and new dates will be provided:
St. Louis (May 7, 2020)
Milwaukee (June 2, 2020)
Kansas City (June 5, 2020
Twin Cities (July 21, 2020)
More information on how and when the content for our regional conferences will be virtually delivered will be available in upcoming weeks. As of today, our signature WBDC Midwest Connect & Celebrate event scheduled for September 17, 2020 in Chicago will be hosted in person as planned.
The WBDC is committed to helping you navigate and overcome business challenges, and this is no exception. We understand your frustration during this confusing and chaotic period and anticipate many of you may have questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic may impact your business. To address these concerns, please contact us at 312-853-3477 or www.wbdc.org.