2013 Sponsor Acknowledgements

The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) extends its gratitude to the following entities for their commitment, consistent generosity and support to ensure the success of the 27th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference. Without them, this conference would not be possible. *Companies listed are those committed as of August 12, 2013.

Marquee Sponsors
($50,000 and Up)

BMO Harris Bank

BP America, Inc.

Deluxe Corporation Foundation *

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Premier Sponsors
($25,000 - $49,000)

Allstate Insurance


Microsoft Corporation

Northern Trust


U.S. Bank

United Airlines


W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Walgreen Co.

WBE Premier Sponsors ($10,000 and Up)

Futura Marketing, Inc.

Hit Big, LLC


J&J Exhibitors Service, Inc.

Overture Premiums & Promotions, LLC

Smead Manufacturing Company

Major Sponsors
($15,000 - $24,000)


ComEd, An Exelon Company

Deere & Company

Fifth Third Bank

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Kraft Foods Group

Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Co, LLP

Office Depot

PepsiCo, Inc.


RubinBrown LLP

Southwest Airlines Co.

Staples, Inc.

Target Corporation

The Travelers Companies, Inc. *

University of Illinois


Workshop Sponsors
($5,000 - $10,000)


Cardinal Health

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Kansas City, Minneapolis and St. Louis

Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)

The Nielsen Company

The University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Medicine

U.S. Department of Energy

WBE Sponsors
($5,000 - $9,000)

The Bureau of Engraving

Kayhan International

KellyMitchell Group, Inc.

KNOCK, inc.

Manilow Suites

National Van Lines

New Age Transportation, Distribution & Warehousing, Inc.

Richards Graphic Communications, Inc.

Robinson Hill

United Scrap Metal

Premier Media Sponsors ($50,000 Value and Up)

Chicago Sun-Times


Crain’s Chicago Business


NBC5 Chicago

Pioneer Press


Media Sponsors
($10,000 - $49,000)

Black EOE Journal

Enterprising Women

Hispanic Network

Make it Better


Minority Business News USA

Minority Entrepreneur

Professional Woman’s

Today’s Chicago Woman (TCW)

U.S. Veteran’s

Women’s Enterprise Magazine

Official Carrier: United Airlines

Official Technology Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation

Official Television Sponsor: NBC5 Chicago

Special Thanks

Alto Tech

Laurel G. Bellows

Carolynn Brooks

Chicago Sun-Times

Chris Ruys Communications

Hoopla Communications

J&J Exhibitors Service, Inc.

Joone Productions

KNOCK, inc.

Levy Security Corporation

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

NBC5 Chicago

Pioneer Press

Richards Graphic Communications, Inc.

Allison Rosati

Terry Savage

SAVOR…Chicago at McCormick Place

Terri Shapiro

SMG-McCormick Place

*The Deluxe Corporation Foundation and The Travelers Companies, Inc. are serving in an honorary sponsorship capacity.

The Women’s Business Development Center and its Board of Directors also extends their gratitude to all exhibitors, advertisers, breakfast and luncheon table purchasers, Contract Connections participants, vendors and each and every individual that participated in the success of this year’s event — we could not do this without you!