The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is a 501(c)(3) nationally recognized leader in the field of women’s economic development. The organization was founded in 1986 to provide programs and services to support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen the impact of women on the economy by creating jobs, fueling economic growth, and building strong communities.
The mission of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is to support and accelerate business development and growth, targeting women and serving all diverse business owners, in order to strengthen their participation in, and impact on, the economy.
The WBDC serves a nine-state Midwest region. The WBDC is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with other Illinois offices in Aurora, Richton Park, and Little Village. Outside of Illinois, the WBDC covers eight other Midwestern states (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) providing certification, capacity building, and procurement opportunities. Additional WBDC offices are in Minneapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Milwaukee.
In FY19, WBDC offered 7,269 hours of business counseling, certified 2,016 Women Business Enterprises, created or retained 1,581 jobs, helped clients win over $409 million in federal and corporate contracts, and infused over $3.3 million in capital into the community.
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