Events

GATA Training – South Suburbs

Be prepared for grant opportunities! The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) provides uniform guidance for all State of Illinois grant programs. All grant applicants and grantees must comply with GATA grant requirements, which includes the following steps *before* receiving a grant award: * pre-qualification on the GATA Grantee Portal (must be completed before an … Continued

GATA – Entendiendo la Ley de Responsabilidad y Transparencia de Subsidios de Illinois

¡Prepárate para las oportunidades de subsidios de Illinois! La Ley de Responsabilidad y Transparencia de Subsidios (GATA por sus siglas en inglés) proporciona una guía uniforme para todos los programas de subsidios o becas del Estado de Illinois. Todos los solicitantes y beneficiarios de subsidios deben cumplir con los requisitos de GATA, que incluyen los … Continued

CannaBiz Essentials | 10 Things To Know About Starting A Cannabis Business In Illinois

Interested in Starting a Cannabis Business? Learn the information you need to start a cannabis or cannabis related business in Illinois. This webinar will provide an overview of the following: • Timelines and fees • Compliance and Legal Considerations • Financing Options • Tax Requirements and more About the Speaker A graduate of Howard University, … Continued

SBA Lender Forum

SBA’s Illinois District Office, SCORE and Illinois SBDC Network are holding a series of free forums to update commercial lenders on agency programs and services. Topics will include SOP 50 10 changes, new equity injection requirements, and upcoming SBA training opportunities. SBA staff, 504 corporations, SBDC representatives, and SBA microlenders will present at the event. … Continued

Fempreneur Small Business Boot Camp

Due to Coronavirus recommended precautions, the Fempreneur Small Business Boot Camp is cancelled for April and will be reschedule later this Spring. Registration remains open. Start date – May 8, 2020 End date –  June 12, 2020 Learn the business skills necessary to start or grow a business. Turn your passion into business success by … Continued

Virtual: Is Certification Right for You?

Have you been looking for that special something to help you “get in the door” of large corporations? If you are a woman-owned and operated business, that something could be the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification. Although not a guarantee of business, the WBE Certification has been proven to provide a competitive edge in obtaining … Continued

Virtual – Elevate! Established Childcare Business 6-Week Cohort

Create a future for yourself and the next generation. Our early childhood education entrepreneurship services are designed to provide business insight to prospective and existing childcare entrepreneurs for home and center-based businesses. Our early childhood education entrepreneurship services are designed to provide business insight to prospective and existing childcare entrepreneurs for home and center-based businesses. … Continued

Virtual – Understanding the Grant Accountability and Transparency

Be prepared for Illinois grant opportunities! The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) provides uniform guidance for all State of Illinois grant programs. All grant applicants and grantees must comply with GATA grant requirements, which includes the following steps *before* receiving a grant award: * pre-qualification on the GATA Grantee Portal (must be completed before … Continued

GovCon WBDC – IL PTAC @ WBDC Spring 2020 Cohort

Position yourself to do business with the government. The Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is proud to present GovCon WBDC. This first of its kind 8-week program gives established businesses who are new to government procurement the tools and resources needed to be successful in local and … Continued

WBDC at Solution Station

Cancelled Meet with one-on-one with a WBDC advisor to discuss small business micro-loans, alternative financial assistance, and other ways to start or grow your business. To make an appointment, call (312) 853-3477. Walk-ins also accepted

InspireHER

Cancelled Join us for a networking event in celebration of #SBDCDay2020 at the Richton Park Community Center. Connect with current or potential entrepreneurs looking to expand, or start, their business. Learn how to avoid pitfalls in your business from industry experts including: Ouida Neal-Drummond, Economic Development Coordinator for the Village of Richton Park, Vicki Brown, … Continued

CityCon WBDC -IL PTAC @ WBDC Spring 2020 Cohort

The Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is proud to present CityCon WBDC. The first ever 8-week program that provides proposal writing technical assistance to City of Chicago women and minority certified firms. Certified, Now What? CityCon WBDC is designed for firms that has diligently accomplished the rigorous … Continued

From Boss to LEADher: Leadership Entrepreneurial Accelerated Development Program

  Postponed LEAD is the only advocacy platform for underrepresented women entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses, access the WBDC network of leaders and subject matter experts, and gain valuable skills around pitching, networking, and negotiating to access capital (especially social networks) and contracts. LEAD helps women entrepreneurs narrow the revenue gap, create millions of jobs … Continued

The Benefits of W/MBE Certification for Businesses in the Food & Beverage Industry

Women’s Business Development Center and The Hatchery are Chicago based non-profit organizations committed to helping local entrepreneurs at all levels of the business life cycle thrive in today’s competitive marketplace. We are working together in collaboration to support entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry to advance business growth and economic impact in our community. … Continued

Is Certification Right for You?

Have you been looking for that special something to help you “get in the door” of large corporations? If you are a woman-owned and operated business, that something could be the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification. Although not a guarantee of business, the WBE Certification has been proven to provide a competitive edge in obtaining … Continued

City of Chicago Small Business Center on the Road Expo

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection invites small business owners and entrepreneurs to its FREE small business expo with more than 35 exhibitors offering resources, including the WBDC! Highlights include: -Free Business Financing Workshop from Fifth Third Bank -Tax Clinic and Legal Clinic -City of Chicago Business Consultants ready to … Continued

Cómo Empezar un negocio en Illinois

 ¿Estás considerando comenzar un negocio en Illinois? Durante este taller, realizaremos una evaluación inicial para ayudarte a reconocer tus fortalezas y debilidades; presentaremos los pasos básicos para iniciar un negocio en Illinois y revisaremos los tipos de entidades legales recomendadas para empresas nuevas. La cita es este Jueves 5 de marzo en el Banco CIBC … Continued

Introduction to Capability Statements for Government Contracting

Position yourself for contracting opportunities by learning how to create an attractive resume for your business [aka] as a capability statement. **Please bring your capability statement, if you have one. We will be creating statements in class**     Please fill out the form prior to coming to the workshop

Understanding the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Pre-Award Process

Be prepared for grant opportunities! The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) provides uniform guidance for all State of Illinois grant programs. All grant applicants and grantees must comply with GATA grant requirements, which includes the following steps *before* receiving a grant award: * pre-qualification on the GATA Grantee Portal (must be completed before an … Continued

Starting a Business in Illinois

Are you considering starting a business in Illinois? During this workshop we will take an initial assessment to help you recognize your startup strengths, we will introduce five basic startup steps, and we will review the types of legal entities recommended for startups. please   fill out the form  prior to coming to the workshop.   … Continued