Events

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.

From Boss to LEADher: Leadership Entrepreneurial Accelerated Develoment Program

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 in our … 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.

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

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

Learn at Lunch: Planning for the Small Business Owner: Tips for Tax Planning and Succession Planning

Please join us as Christopher Clepp, a Financial Planner and Wealth Advisor for Strategic Financial Group, will cover tips to help business owners plan for the protection and growth of their business. Remember that tax planning is not all about saving taxes. It is an important part of overall financial planning and should ideally be … Continued

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

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**

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

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.

Starting a Business in Illinois

Are you considering starting a business in Illinois? During the workshop we will take an initial assessment to help you recognize your startup strengths, introduce you to five basic startup steps, and review the legal entities recommended for startups. Presented by the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Women’s Business Development Center – South … 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.

The Power of Possible: The Value of Certification

US Bank and the Women’s Business Development Center bring you the Power of Possible. How and when does certification as a woman-owned business make sense for your company? Which certifications are the “right” ones? and what resources are available to as business owners. Join us for an afternoon of inspiration and education, featuring successful women business owners and professionals.

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

WBE Onboarding

Newly certified as a WBENC WBE, or wanting a refresher about how to use your WBE certification? Join us for this free one-hour webinar.

GovCon WBDC Fall 2019 Cohort Graduation

We are celebrating established businesses who have completed the 8-week government contracting cohort and now ready to do business with local, State and Federal agencies. We invite you to mix and mingle and share your resources and opportunities with our new diverse vendors. Upon completion of the GovCon WBDC program, participants will have successfully completed: … 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

Veterans Certification Resource Event

Experience what it takes to do business with state and federal agencies as a veteran-owned business. Learn from some of the best in their fields as you leave not only feeling informed but empowered to take actionable steps to certification. Presenters include: State of Illinois, SBA, Veterans Administration, and NaVoba certification representatives. Please fill out … Continued

Hanover Park WBDC Satellite Office Hours

​Can’t make it to our Chicago or Aurora office for business advising? We opened a satellite office in Hanover Park, IL!! The Village of Hanover Park, in partnership with the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) – Aurora, will be hosting office hours at Village Hall (2121 Lake Street Hanover Park, IL) to offer FREE assistance … 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.

How to Use WBENC National Events to Grow Your Business

Wondering whether your company can benefit from attending WBENC’s Summit & Salute in March or National Conference and Business Fair in June? Hear from two WBEs, one large and established, and one smaller and newer, about their experiences and how they make national events work for their businesses.