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

SBA Certification

Come out to learn about the different certification options with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Learn about 8(a), HUBZone, WOSB, and EDWOSB certification options. Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at the WBDC The Illinois SBDC at WBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Illinois … Continued

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

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

Veteran Resource Workshop Campus Tour

The WBDC’s office of Veteran Business Assistance Services is excited to offer this comprehensive resource workshop tour for veterans and their families across the Chicagoland and surrounding areas. This half-day event will provide various sessions surrounding the WBDC’s commitment to veteran education and its entrepreneurial initiative. The main session topics will focus on Entrepreneurship 101- … 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. Cost will be $20 at the door. We offer a sliding scale … Continued

Veteran Resource Workshop Campus Tour

The WBDC’s office of Veteran Business Assistance Services is excited to offer this comprehensive resource workshop tour for veterans and their families across the Chicagoland and surrounding areas. This half-day event will provide various sessions surrounding the WBDC’s commitment to veteran education and its entrepreneurial initiative. The main session topics will focus on Entrepreneurship 101- … Continued

Reach More Customers Online and Get Found on Google Search and Maps

Learn about Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Get hands-on help creating or updating your business profile or a simple website. Also learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your business using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and … 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

Starting Your Business Off Right: Clarify Your Business Idea and Decide Where to Take It

This workshop is about how to make your business idea clear to yourself and the customers Join a group of fellow entrepreneurs, small business owners, and a GrowthWheel Certified Advisor in this 2-hour workshop about developing the different elements of your business idea! Figure out what is your mission and vision for the business and … Continued