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Canceled - New Date TBA Entrepreneurship Unplugged Panel with Women's Business Development Center and EvolveHER

Chicago, IL • October 16, 2019

Join the WBDC and Ellevate Chicago at EvolveHER for a evening of inspiring stories and candid discussion about entrepreneurship!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CDT

358 West Ontario St.
Suite #3W
Chicago, IL 60654

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Ellevate is excited to partner with the Women's Business Development Center and EvolveHER on Entrepreneurship Unplugged - an evening of inspiring stories and candid conversation with female entrepreneurs. 

What you'll learn at this event: 

Hear personal accounts from female entrepreneurs and service providers about the opportunities and challenges women entrepreneurs face. 

Candid perspectives on managing the good, bad, and ugly elements of entrepreneurship. 

Inspirational perspectives to help you launch your own venture. 

About the WBDC

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 clients from all walks of life with a focus on women, minorities, and veterans (majority from low to moderate income areas), providing:

  • Capacity building to scale businesses to compete in the marketplace;
  • Technical assistance and financial support to help clients develop, manage, and grow businesses;
  • Business financial education, including debt/equity placement and direct lending
  • Customized business development services and support for veterans, childcare entrepreneurs, Latinas, and high science entrepreneurs;
  • Corporate and public sector procurement opportunities; and
  • Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certification.

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 located in Minneapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Milwaukee.

Since inception, the WBDC has served over 85,000 women, held more than 13,000 entrepreneurial training workshops, secured over $82 million in financing, and facilitated more than $1 billion in government and corporate contracts. We certify approximately 1,900 Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) annually.

About Event Host EvolveHER


Our 5,000 square foot loft in River North is specifically designed to inspire creativity and foster collaboration amongst women. We’ve met with hundreds of women over the past six months to understand their needs, challenges and dreams both on a professional & personal level.

Interested in sponsoring this event or future events? Contact Us.

Get Introduced to the Women You Should Know

We help our members connect with specific attendees who share their industry and life experiences.

Kristy Wallace
Kristy Wallace

New York, NY

CEO at Ellevate Network

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Maricella Herrera Avila

VP Operations & Strategy at Ellevate Network

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