Conference Workshops

Launching Your Own Business: From Dream to Reality

(Workshop for start-ups)

Are you ready to turn your dream of business ownership into reality? Before you do, attend this participant-led session featuring various entrepreneurial experts ready to share their knowledge. This stimulating, interactive session, designed by the collective intelligence of the women business owners in the WBDC community, will provide you with tools, inspiration and guidance to launch a successful business.

10,000 Small Businesses Program Sampler

(Workshop for established businesses)

Attend this session to experience a 10,000 Small Businesses Mini-Class and find out about a program that can take your business to the next level. Hear about what it take to grow a business, gain helpful business tips, and experience firsthand the type of learning environment you could benefit from by applying for the free, competitive application program sponsored by the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Featuring an Interactive Classroom Experience on: What it Takes to Grow Your Business; 10KSB Program Curriculum, Mission and Benefits to Small Business Owners; Vision, Culture & Performance Management in the Workplace — and more!

Small Business – Big Opportunity: Finding Solutions for Small Business Challenges

(Workshop for business owners of all levels)

Did you know that your business has a credit score? Hear professionals explain what your business credit score means and how it can affect access to capital, procurement opportunities and business growth. Learn what you can do to improve and protect your business credit score as well as techniques to protect your business’ online identity. Listen to a Diversity Director from a major corporation discuss the ‘balanced scorecard’ and how credit information plays into procurement decision-making. Also, hear from Chicago’s first approved SBA Community Advantage Lender and how it can potentially help your business access capital.