Events

Ideation and Business Plan Critique Session

Making a critical evaluation of a business concept at an early stage allows you to discover, address, and correct any fatal flaws before investing too much time and energy. Receive feedback on your business idea and your business plan draft while working in a supportive environment with other entrepreneurs. Registration for each session is limited … Continued

Sizing Up Your Business Opportunity – Forest Park Library

Market research aims to size up your business opportunity.  Having a greater understanding of your marketplace from the very start will enable you to create a sound business strategy in order to establish and grow your brand into one that’s better than the competition. Additionally, by researching your market thoroughly, you can keep up with … Continued

Marketing Masterclass: How to Plan a Marketing Strategy with Free Tactics

During this session, Britt’ni Fields will teach entrepreneurs how to plan free and low-cost marketing tactics, implement them and track their results. Each step is simplified, includes worksheets and a list of free and low-cost resources to take home. At the end of this session, entrepreneurs should be on track to successfully implement their selected … Continued

From Boss to LEADher Monthly Social

The Leadership Entrepreneurial Accelerated Development program at Women’s Business Development Center believes that your business is as good as your network. This monthly meet up brings together women entrepreneurs of color every third Tuesday of the month to talk business: identify, strategize and communicate for growth over drinks and a light dinner! From networking to … Continued

How Can WBENC National Events Help Grow My Business?

Are you prepared to make vital connections and bring in new business at the WBENC’s Summit and Salute in March or the National Conference and Business Fair in June? Learn what it takes to maximize your attendance at these conferences by hearing secrets and tips from two WBE leaders on their experiences and past successes.

Starting a Business in Illinois

Are you considering starting a business in Illinois?   In 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. Cost will be $20 at the door.

Intro to Certification & Government Contracting

If you’ve ever been interested in doing business with the government, this workshop is for you! Come learn about the various forms of certifications and how they can benefit small businesses. Become familiar with the government contracting process and decide if it’s right for you. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions for … Continued

Ideation and Business Plan Critique Session

Receive feedback on your business idea and your business plan draft while working in a supportive environment with other entrepreneurs. Registration for each session is limited to eight people to ensure that each participant gets individual feedback. Must bring a written draft of your business plan.

Cyber Security: Insights Every WBE Should Know to Protect the Most Critical Asset – Your Business

Savvy business owners are staying on top of the cyber security trends that could have a major impact on their business. WBDC invites you to join the webinar and learn how to protect your company and valuable assets. Aon, a WBDC corporate partner and subject matter experts will be sharing cyber risk trends and insights … Continued

WBDC at Solution Station

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