Chicago was recently named the top city in the world—not nation—for female entrepreneurs. While it could be because of our friendly Midwestern ways and strong work ethic, there's no denying that resources like the Women's Business Development Center help make it easier for those with an entrepreneurial spirit to achieve their dreams. But just because the WBDC has been fueling economic growth for 29 years doesn't mean it's resting on its laurels. In fact, the thriving nonprofit just announced it has received funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to operate one of only fourteen Veteran Business Outreach Centers (VBOC) nationwide.
Serving veterans and service members in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Hawaii, and Guam, this incredible program will help female and male veterans and their family members/spouses start or grow a small business. Hazel A. Beck, a previous veteran in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War with an incredible track record for owning and managing several consulting companies, was appointed as the Director of the VBOC@WBDC. "Through the VBOC, our veterans, transitioning service members, reservists, and their spouses have access to a wealth of resources to help them start and grow businesses," said Robert Steiner, District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Illinois District Office. "We are proud to support the contributions our veterans make as they continue to serve, by creating jobs in our communities and growing the economy.”
The WBDC serves a nine-state Midwestern region (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) with WBE certification, corporate and public sector procurement opportunities, and capacity building programs. To learn more about the WBDC or the VBOC@WBDC, call 312-853-3477, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.WBDC.org