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President and CEO of WBDC, Emilia DiMenco Upholds the Importance of Small Businesses ahead of Small Business Week

Emilia DiMenco, President and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), a nonprofit organization that supports and accelerates business development and growth for women and other minority groups, released the following statement in honor of Small Business Week, which is held May 5-May 11, 2019: “With over 28 million small businesses in the U.S. and … Continued



Crain’s 2019 Notable Women Executives over 50

Emilia DiMenco heads the Women’s Business Development Center, a nonprofit that supports women’s business ownership and strengthens the impact of women on the economy. DiMenco joined WBDC in 2010 and was named to the top post in 2013, a transition from co-founders Hedy Ratner and Carol Dougal. Under DiMenco’s leadership, the center last year oversaw … Continued



Associate Director, Entrepreneurial Services (Aurora)

Associate Director, Entrepreneurial Services (Aurora)

The Associate Director of Entrepreneurial Services in Aurora is responsible for delivering programming that provides business development services, one-on-one business counseling and business resources to nascent, emerging and established women entrepreneurs, including those that are economically and socially disadvantaged. The Entrepreneurial Training Program provides relevant counseling and training to prospective and emerging entrepreneurs in all … Continued



Blanca Berthier

Blanca Berthier



Angela Stewart

Angela Stewart



Tasha Brown

Tasha Brown



Women are still a long way from wage parity <br> By Emilia DiMenco and Yana Lentz, Minneapolis

Women are still a long way from wage parity
By Emilia DiMenco and Yana Lentz, Minneapolis

Women are contributing to the economy at record rates, and that is especially true in Minnesota. In 2018, the labor force participation rate for Minnesota women was 66.3 percent, which is nearly 10 percent higher than the national average. Minnesota is also making great strides toward reducing the gender wage gap. Nationally, women are paid about … Continued



The Year of the Woman Comes to Illinois<Br>By Emilia DiMenco and Hedy Ratner

The Year of the Woman Comes to Illinois
By Emilia DiMenco and Hedy Ratner

Tomorrow is a monumental day for the city of Chicago. For the first time, not only does the city have a run-off election between two women, it has a run-off election with two African-American women. This historic mayoral race follows an inspiring wave of women leaders sworn into office earlier this year including democratic newcomer … Continued



Jordan Taylor

Jordan Taylor



International Women’s Day 2019! How Will You Balance for Better?
By Emilia DiMenco

Economic parity makes our businesses and our communities better, which is why the Women’s Business Development Center is committed to advancing economic independence for all women. When women are empowered to establish and grow successful businesses, they help drive our communities forward toward equal pay and equal representation in the workplace.  At the WBDC, we … Continued