Events

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.

One-On-One Mentoring Sessions at 2112 inc. (Free Sessions)

Have a great business idea? Ready to work on your business plan? Keen to expand your existing company? Register for a one-on-one mentoring session with Maura Mitchell. Maura can provide a great deal of insight concerning the issues confronting startup businesses. There are three slots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email Maura Mitchell … Continued

Understanding Government Contracting & Certifications

Join a group of peer-like businesses and learn the basics of contracting with City of Chicago, Cook County, State of Illinois and Federal governments. • Overview on government contracting • Government diverse and socioeconomic certifications • Registering on government vendor sites • Researching government agencies • Identifying prime and sub-contract opportunities • Marketing your business to the government • Are you … 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

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) 744-2086. Walk-ins also accepted.

Know Your Numbers & Grow Your Business

Nancye Rivera will present this workshop during which you will see how business activities and transactions are translated into financial statements. She will provide a basic overview of financial terms, balance sheets, and income statements so that you learn how to use financial statements as planning tools.

Business Plan Critique Session

Receive feedback on 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.

Developing Your Child Care Business Englewood (6 Weeks)

The WBDC can guide you through the steps necessary to create a strategic child care business plan! Learn from industry experts to gain tools, resources and information necessary to manage and operate your business efficiently. Additionally, the Developing Your Child Care Business workshop series is INCCRRA certified and child care providers can earn up to … 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) 744-2086. Walk-ins also accepted.