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Welcome to eWBDC, the event portal for the Women’s Business Development Center!

You can find courses by using the search box (above), the filter functions (below), or the category selectors (below and to the right). To return to the main WBDC website, click on the WBDC logo at the top of any page.

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Grow Your Business with WBDC: An Intro to Services
Instructor:Womens Business Development Center
Author:  Meg Herman
Dates: None listed.
Modality  In-Person/Classroom Workshop
 

This interactive session is for both prospective and established business owners to provide an orientation of what the WBDC has to offer.  Whether you’re thinking about starting your own business or growing the business you already have, this session will help you clarify your needs and learn more about WBDC resources.  

 


Price: 10.00 USD
Tax Planning & Strategy for Business
Instructor:Womens Business Development Center
Dates: None listed.
Modality  In-Person/Classroom Workshop/Aurora
 

This workshop is a MUST for any entrepreneur who envisions starting a business and highly recommended for current business owners who want a refresher on taxes. Every business owner has tax reporting and payment responsibilities that start before the doors are opened to customers and continues past the sale of the business or end of operations. This workshop explains the most common types of taxes, how the form of business affects how income is distributed and reported, and what constitutes income and expenses (what and how much you can “write off”). It also covers recordkeeping requirements, when and how a business reports and pays its taxes, penalties for not doing it right or on time, and where you can get help when you need it.


Price: 20.00 USD
WBC & ScaleUp Aurora Community Impact Event
Instructor:Womens Business Development Center
Dates: None listed.
 
WBC and ScaleUp Aurora will be sharing their impact on the community with stakeholders.
2016 Holiday Celebration and Procurement Meeting Hosted by General Mills
Instructor:Womens Business Development Center
Dates: None listed.
Modality  In-Person/Classrom workhsop/ MN
 

Women’s Business Development Center - Minnesota (WBDC-MN) and North Central Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC) are pleased to announce the JOINT WBDC-MN/NCMSDC 2016 Holiday Celebration and Procurement Meeting hosted by General Mills. These sessions provide you with an opportunity to meet and interact with your local women’s and minority business community and large corporations, as well as government and not-for-profit institutions and agencies that support supplier diversity. As part of the program, General Mills’ supplier diversity practices will be highlighted and procurement staff from the organization will be introduced.

2017 Access to Capital Breakfast - Investing in Women Entrepreneurs
Instructor:Womens Business Development Center
Dates: None listed.
Modality  In-Person/Classroom Workshop
 

Did you know?

• Women own 38% (11.3 million) of all businesses in the U.S.

• Women start businesses with 50% less capital than their male counterparts

• Women-owned businesses generate $1.6 trillion in revenues and employ 8% of the private sector

Although women-owned businesses are growing at a rate of 5 times the national average, women receive only 4.4% of total small business loan dollars. The time to invest in women is now. The Women's Business Development Center invites you to an exclusive Access to Capital Breakfast at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Meet a panel of experts as they share ways they support women entrepreneurs’ access capital. Hear from a woman entrepreneur on how her capital needs evolved during each phase of her business. The event is open to business owners, bankers, and community partners.

Registration: Space is limited. Please RSVP by May 19, 2017. Check-in: You must bring a valid government issued photo ID to enter the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  

2017 Procurement Meeting Hosted by Best Buy
Instructor:Womens Business Development Center
Dates: None listed.
Modality  In-Person/Classroom Workshop/MN
 

Women’s Business Development Center – Minnesota (WBDC-MN) and North Central Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC) are pleased to announce the 2017 Supplier Diversity Procurement Meeting hosted by Best Buy. This session is an opportunity to meet and interact with local diverse supplier communities and large corporations, as well as government and not-for-profit institutions and agencies that support supplier diversity. Bring your business cards and your best five-second elevator pitch! Program: The Keynote Speaker will be Corie Barry, Best Buy Chief Financial Officer. As part of the program, Best Buy’s supplier diversity efforts will be highlighted and procurement staff from the organization will be introduced. Panel Discussion & CLS Presentation: New to the agenda this year! Best Buy will facilitate a panel discussion highlighting the opportunities and challenges present in supplier diversity programs and initiatives. Separately, during the same time, there will be a special presentation by Best Buy’s IT Procurement Team, specifically designed for contingent labor service providers. Opportunity Fair: At this networking event suppliers will have the opportunity to meet procurement professionals and business stakeholders. Please come prepared with a brief written capabilities statement describing your business.

Opportunity Fair Categories: • Corporate Services • Facilities • Construction Services & Materials • Energy • Fixtures (Store) • Print • IT (Hardware, Software, Telecom) • IT (Professional Services (Managed Services)) • Contingent La

3 BIG Mistakes that Lead Entrepreneurs to Burn – out
Instructor:Womens Business Development Center
Dates: None listed.
Modality  In-Person/Classroom Workshop/Aurora
 

You became an entrepreneur because you had a mission and wanted to take control of your schedule and lifestyle, but some days the stress and overwhelm get so intense that the mission loses focus and you start to think, "working for someone else wasn't really that bad..." For most entrepreneurs  this scenario is all too familiar, and certain stressful and costly mistakes are not always obvious, but can be easily avoided once we know what they are. Come learn from a fellow female entrepreneur how to completely flip the script on stress and avoid burning-out. Your Great Work in the world is way to important not to attend... See you May 2!


Price: 10.00 USD
Are You Ready for a Government Contract?
Instructor:Womens Business Development Center
Dates: None listed.
Modality  In-Person/Classroom Workshop
 

Billions of Federal and local dollars are spent each year in purchasing nearly every product and service you could think of. Learning how to market your business as a viable option to meet the needs of government agencies could prove to be a lucrative business move. If you are an established business exploring doing business with the government – whether it is on the city, municipal, state or federal level, come to an in-depth session about government contracting.

Are your finances ready for Entreprenuership?
Instructor:Womens Business Development Center
Dates: None listed.
Modality  Webinar
 

In this workshop you will learn some financial concepts and tools that will help you to take control of your money now and make it work for you. After all your destiny is determined by you. Your better financial future starts with the decisions and changes you make today.

Best Practices for Women Business Owners Starting and Growing a Business
Instructor:Womens Business Development Center
Dates: None listed.
Modality  Webinar
 

In celebration of Women’s History Month, join Small Business Majority and the Women's Business Development Center for this webinar, focusing on issues impacting women entrepreneurs, including access to capital and lessons learned on how to start and build a scalable business.

Building Your Brand Strategy that Sticks
Instructor:Womens Business Development Center
Dates: None listed.
Modality  Webinar
 

Learn how to build a brand strategy that resonates with the audience you serve and receive answers to the most commonly asked questions surrounding the differences between marketing vs. branding. Presenter Linda E. Alberty, President of CULTIVATE EXCELLENCE Consulting will give you a recipe of memorable messaging to reinforce the market value of your start-up or small business.

Business 101: Get the Legal Stuff Right; Avoid Costly Legal Mistakes
Instructor:Womens Business Development Center
Dates: None listed.
Modality  In-Person/Classroom Workshop/Aurora
 

Networking from 6pm-6:30pm. Thinking of starting a business? Recently started one ? Ready to form your corp or LLC? Already operating a small business or growth business?   If you are an entrepreneur, start-up, small business, or growth business, please join us for this seminar on legal info to help you avoid costly legal mistakes in forming, owning and operating a business. We will cover  common mistakes, tips, tricks, landmines, and hot topics on these topics and many others:

Non-Compete Agreements; Intellectual Property - Ownership and Protection; Name Searches; Corporation vs. LLC, Business Formation Mistakes; Piercing the Corporate Veil; Business Filings & Licenses; Industry Regulation; Partners vs. No Partners; Worker Classification (Employee vs. Contractor); Fiduciary Duty; Conflicts of Interest; Website Use; Due Diligence; Contracts Tips & Tricks; Funding Options; Exit Strategies; Selling Your Business.

Nancy Fallon-Houle, a business lawyer in Downers Grove, IL, is a small business owner herself at Velocity Law, LLC www.velocitylaw.com.  She will apply her 25+ years of experience to advise you on how to navigate legal topics in this 2.5-hour seminar.


Price: 20.00 USD
Business Financials 101
Instructor:Janice Lopez
Start date:  5/1/2013
Modality  Online On Demand
 

Business Financials 101 is the starting point for any business looking to get a basic understanding of business financial documents, statements and more!   

Business Plan Critique Clinic
Instructor:Womens Business Development Center
Dates: 7/18/2017 - 6/30/2018
  • 07/18/17 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Modality  In-Person/Classroom Workshop
 

The WBDC Getting Your Business Plan Critique Clinic provides feedback on the draft of your business plan. When you build your strategic plan in a supportive community of business owners, everyone prsesent chips in and provides value.  You must bring a written draft of your business plan to participate in this session.

WBDC Director of Entrepreneurial Services, Meg Herman, will facilitate each session and lend her expertise on practical strategies in developing your business plan, so you can build your thoughts and ideas into a true business plan!

Registration for each session is limited to 6 business owners ensuring that each session is interactive and participants can apply this valuable information to their own business.

Business Reorganizations That May Impact Certification Status
Instructor:Womens Business Development Center
Dates: None listed.
Modality  In-Person/Classroom Workshop
 

This presentation discusses best practices for maintaining or obtaining diverse (M/W/DBE and Veteran) certifications during two common types of reorganization: taking on investers and transitioning ownership. Attorney Michelle Kantor of McDonald Hopkins LLC and team will help answer questions like: What will happen to ongoing contracts that require WBE/MBE/DBE participation upon a sale of your business to a person other than another qualified woman, minority, or veteran?

What if the business you're buying is a diverse certified firm? What happens if you sell a portion of your company to a non-eligible person? Will you automatically lose certification? What are the business and legal considerations in developing your growth and succession plan? How can you protect yourself, your family, and your assets after you step down from running your business? If you're considering growth or succession strategies, this is the workshop for you!  

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