Top Shelf

The WBDC Top Shelf: High Volume Retail Growth Insights program is your next step to building capacity, improving operational efficiencies, and sustaining business growth from a small retail footprint into mass distribution. Each week the program will include components necessary for a consumer product company to become ready to sell into large retailers.

This program is open to all recognized diverse business owners, male and/or female.

Upon completion of the Top Shelf: High Volume Retail Growth Insights program, participants will have successfully completed educational training and hands on learning opportunities in the following areas:

  • Capacity building to scale businesses to compete in the marketplace
  • Technical assistance and financial support to help you develop, manage and grow your business
  • Financial education
  • Business capability statement
  • Branding and marketing
  • Certification benefits
  • Preparation of a mock proposal
  • Networking with WBDC corporate partners

Applicants must meet the following:

    • Be a consumer product company that sells to retailers
    • Two or more years in business
    • Average annual revenues of $200,000 or greater
    • Committed to 7 weeks of onsite and offsite learning and participation (more than one representative may attend)

Limited slots available. All applicants must make themselves available for a brief phone interview.

Summer 2019 Cohort
July 11 – August 22,  8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Thursdays)
True Value Headquarters
8600 Bryn Mawr Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631
Free parking
Accessible via CTA Blue Line

For more information:
cjohnson@wbdc.org (WBDC)
reuben.hamilton@walgreens.com (Walgreens)
supplierdiversity@truevalue.com (TrueValue)

Click here to apply.  Deadline to apply is July 5, 2019.

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