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Chicago Tribune Column: Businesses owned by women and minorities have opportunity with $1.2 trillion in federal infrastructure investment

Chicago Tribune Column: Businesses owned by women and minorities have opportunity with $1.2 trillion in federal infrastructure investment

By FRANCINE KNOWLES DAILY SOUTHTOWN Cautiously hopeful but still concerned is how minority and women business advocates describe their perspectives on whether minority-owned and women-owned enterprises will equitably benefit from the $1.2 trillion federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. They are taking steps to help best position such businesses in the south suburbs and throughout the … Continued



A Moment with Shelley A. Davis

A Moment with Shelley A. Davis

  What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With”, where we periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting Shelley A. Davis, President and CEO of the Coleman Foundation. Meet … Continued



A Moment with Dr. Jamilah R. Jor’dan

A Moment with Dr. Jamilah R. Jor’dan

What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With”, where we periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting Dr. Jamilah R. Jor’dan, Executive Director, Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood … Continued



Women’s Business Development Center and Kiva Partnership Unlocks Alternative Capital Sources for Chicagoland Entrepreneurs

Women’s Business Development Center and Kiva Partnership Unlocks Alternative Capital Sources for Chicagoland Entrepreneurs

Contact: Gabriella Bomben Email: gbomben@wbdc.org Women’s Business Development Center and Kiva Partnership Unlocks Alternative Capital Sources for Chicagoland Entrepreneurs CHICAGO – The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is excited to announce a new partnership with Kiva, the world’s first personal microlending website. Through its unique network of microlenders, Chicago’s first-ever Kiva Hub will serve entrepreneurs and business … Continued



A Moment With Jerome’ Holston

A Moment With Jerome’ Holston

    What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With”, where we periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting Jerome’ Holston, Director of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of … Continued



A Moment with Beth Kieffer Leonard

A Moment with Beth Kieffer Leonard

What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With”, where we periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting Beth Kieffer Leonard, Managing Partner at Lurie LLP. Meet Beth: Beth Kieffer … Continued



A Moment with Carol Dougal and Hedy Ratner

A Moment with Carol Dougal and Hedy Ratner

  What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With” where we periodically highlight our greatest supporters and partners by sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting our very own Carol Dougal, Co-Founder, President Emerita and Hedy Ratner, Co-Founder, … Continued



Economists Fear Long Term Effects of ‘She-Cession’

ILLINOIS CORONAVIRUS  A so-called “she-cession” is sweeping the nation, with more women are leaving the workforce than ever before. “You can only put off your own work so much. It just became exhausting,” said Wendy Mccullough, a Chicago mother of two. Mccullough had been working in management consulting for 20 years. She had taken time off … Continued



The WBDC Honors Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month highlights the importance of the mission of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), which 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. This year, we are reflecting on the momentous challenges … Continued



Honoring Black History Month

Honoring Black History Month

  As Black History Month comes to a close, the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) reaffirms our unwavering commitment to advocacy and action for ending racism. The WBDC is proud to honor, year-round, Black history and experience, as well as the many contributions of Blacks to our country’s history. 2020 was notable not only for … Continued



A Moment with Mark Hands

A Moment with Mark Hands

What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With”, where we periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting Mark Hands, Director of Supplier Diversity and Associate Office of Minority and … Continued



A Moment with Kathy April-Rush

A Moment with Kathy April-Rush

What is “A Moment With”: The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With”, where we periodically highlight valued supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting Kathy April-Rush, the Associate Director of North America Supplier Diversity at AbbVie Inc. Meet Kathy: … Continued



A Moment With – Jim Kirk

A Moment With – Jim Kirk

  What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With”, where we periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting Jim Kirk, Publisher and Executive Editor of Crain’s Chicago Business. Meet … Continued



Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD) and Early Resolution Program (ERP) Announcement – Press Q&A/Legislator Talking Points

GENERAL QUESTIONS What is Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD)? CCLAHD is a county-wide initiative serving residents of Cook County in need of legal assistance for issues surrounding eviction, foreclosure, debt and tax deeds. Cook County has been proactively working with elected officials and nonprofit organizations to develop this initiative. Partnering offices … Continued



A Moment With – Maria Castro

A Moment With – Maria Castro

  What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to introduce our new series, “A Moment With”, where we will periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we are thrilled to introduce you to Comcast Regional External Affairs Manager, Maria Castro. … Continued



A Moment With – Robert Steiner

A Moment With – Robert Steiner

  What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to share with you our new series, “A Moment With” where we will periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we are thrilled to introduce you to Robert Steiner, the District Director … Continued



BBB Chicago and N. Illinois welcomes Women’s Business Development Center to BBB Accreditation

The Better Business Bureau Serving Chicago and Northern Illinois is pleased to announce the Women’s Business Development Center as a newly accredited organization with the BBB. Steve Bernas, president and CEO of BBB of Chicago and Northern Illinois, says, “I’m excited to announce that we recently added this wonderful organization to our BBB family. The Women’s Business … Continued



Assistance for Businesses Impacted by Civil Unrest; IL 16493 Disaster Declaration

Assistance for Businesses Impacted by Civil Unrest; IL 16493 Disaster Declaration

There is a new disaster declaration related to the Civil Unrest occurring in Cook County and the surrounding counties from May 26-June 8. Businesses of all sizes and non-profit organizations can apply for low-interest disaster loans to cover uncompensated physical losses; small businesses and most non-profits can also apply for economic injury. Your business does … Continued



With Limited Access to Resources, Black-Owned Businesses Hit Especially Hard by Pandemic- By Francine Knowles

The number of active Black-owned businesses in the U.S. plummeted 41 percent during the early months of the pandemic from February to April, more than twice the 17 percent level of white owned businesses. That is according to research by Robert Fairlie from the University of California Santa Cruz that is based on government data. … Continued



Getting Ahead with Purpose- Chicago Booth Magazine

Getting Ahead with Purpose- Chicago Booth Magazine

Alumnae and students came together to discuss making an impact at Booth’s first International Women’s Day Conference. When executive leadership coach Stephanie Klein, ’91, walked on stage at the inaugural Booth International Women’s Day Conference on March 7, she had a mantra to share with the audience: “Attaching mindfulness to emotional intelligence means exponential power.” … Continued