Women's Business Development Center

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WBDC’s annual event provides women, minority, and veteran business owners with procurement, education, and networking opportunities. more

Emilia DiMenco is on our The Fierce 50 list—recognizing Chicago women over 50 for their example and inspiration. We asked DiMenco what makes her fierce at this time in her life and why she thinks women on the main stage are fierce. more


Loretta Rosenmayer founded INTREN more than 25 years ago, which is an innovative solution partner dedicated to building and maintaining the infrastructure of the energy industry. more


On May 17, Chicago Innovation, the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC), and Attract, Retain, Advance (ARA) hosted "Celebrating Women in Innovation" to recognize the importance of women in the business world. more



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When Rebecca Fyffe purchased Landmark Pest Management in 2012, she recognized an opportunity to take the business to a new level. more


As the business of insurance of all kinds continues to be a local and national talking point, Fatima Sifuentes, owner of Seguromex Insurance, is making strides in the field of auto insurance. more


You need to know your profit margins, fixed and variable costs, seasonality in your cash flows, employee benefit trends and costs, and other risk factors that can create unexpected costs. more

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On November 15th, the Women's Business Development Center celebrated their 30th anniversary by honoring women business leaders and corporate, government and community partners who help shape the local and national entrepreneurial ecosystem. more

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Women-Owned businesses thrive from attaining certification through the Women's Business Development Center. Emilia DiMenco shares three easy tips to guide you through the process. more


For business owners, cash flow is a major concern. Emilia DiMenco, from the Women's Business Development Center, shares these tips to deal with cash flow issues before it is too late more

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We asked the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) to give us their list of the 10 best resources for women looking to strike out on their own as a business owner. more


LEAD, a leadership and entrepreneurial comprehensive training program for Latina business owners, will be delivered in English and focus on four areas: strategic business planning, leadership, volunteerism and mentoring. more

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Kids aren't the only ones going back to school in the fall. Business owners grow their businesses by learning through classes, certification programs and even advanced degrees to expand their knowledge and fill gaps in their business skills. more


Let’s be honest. If you want your company to grow, you simply can’t do everything. Delegating tasks will enable you to be more productive and creative. more


Paying it forward pays back in more ways you can imagine. Emilia DiMenco, CEO of the Women's Business Development, tells us the four ways to become an advocate for change. more

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Before you take the leap into investing in technology for your business, consider these three important questions. more


Chicago is the number one spot in the world for women entrepreneurs. If you are an aspiring business owner, take a look at these local resources that cater to female entrepreneurs. more


The Founder and CEO of INTREN was honored by the Chicago Foundation for Women for her steadfast commitment to women at the CFW Impact Awards. more

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A new year means new challenges for most business owners. Even if you finished 2015 strong, market conditions and other factors could quickly sidetrack your plans for growth. Fortunately, many of the challenges can be turned into opportunities. more

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NBCUniversal Foundation’s 21st Century Solutions Grant Challenge awards money to Women’s Business Development Center. more


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