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) 744-2086. Walk-ins also accepted.

Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses

Every small business needs customers. What’s the best way to attract customers to your business? Join us for Social Media Marketing for your Small Business and learn the benefits of incorporating social media marketing into your marketing efforts. This workshop will educate on selecting the appropriate platforms, inform on advertising options, and how to build … Continued

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 $20.00 at the door.

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.

Retirement Plan Options for WBEs

Uncertain about what your retirement plan options are? Illinois businesses without a 401(k) plan or other retirement program will soon be required to allow their employees to participate in a state-managed plan. Are you now COMPLETELY confused? Join us for this informative and sales-free webinar to get your questions answered. This webinar is highly recommended … Continued

One-on-One Mentoring Sessions at 2112, Inc.

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 at mmitchell@wbdc.orgto register.

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.

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.

Marketing to the Government: Capability Statement

A capability statement is much like a resume for your business. It can be used as an introduction to a cold call, a marketing tool at a trade show or even for a presentation at a pre-bid meeting. This small group discussion allows for open dialogue, questions and peer to peer critique of your capability … Continued

Starting Your Business Plan – SWOT Analysis

Performing a SWOT analysis is the first step in planning your business.  It is a strategic planning tool that helps a business owner identify his or her own strengths and weaknesses, as well as any opportunities and threats that may exist in a specific business situation. As you pursue a path as an entrepreneur, it’s important to reflect on your strategy.   What … Continued