Women entrepreneurs often find it difficult to find funding for their businesses. This can be for a variety of reasons, such as many female-owned businesses being in smaller areas that generate less income and leading banks to give them stricter terms on loans, or none at all. In addition, there seems to be a lack of female venture capitalists. For these reasons and more, the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) aims to help female entrepreneurs by helping them get access to resources, contracts and capital. One of the biggest ways the WBDC helps is by hosting the Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference (EWC), the largest entrepreneurial business conference in the Midwest, which has been going on for nearly 30 years.
This year, on September 2nd in Chicago, the EWC will feature a special opportunity for women-owned business. Dun & Bradstreet is scaling down our Access to Capital event and bringing it to the 2015 EWC! In the past, our Access to Capital events have offered expert panels, 1:1 meetings with lenders*, and a wealth of information for business owners. At EWC, we hope to bring the same benefits to women entrepreneurs specifically. In addition to chatting with attendees about business credit and sales & marketing solutions, we’ll also have breakout sessions with lenders. Our business credit expert, Amber Colley, will be moderating a panel, “Fire Up Business Growth with Financial Fuel.” The panel members will discuss helping individuals navigate the right funding sources and understand business valuation. The panel will also be the first breakout session of the day, from 8:30 am until 9:30 am CST.
We will be hosting representatives from lenders including:
- Kiva Zip
- The Private Bank
- Regional Development Company SBA
- Wintrust Bank/Village Bank & Trust
- Accion Chicago
- BMO Harris Bank
- Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives Micro Finance Group
- Chicago Community Loan Fund
- Community Reinvestment Fund (CRF)
- Cook County Dept. of Planning and Development
- Fifth Third Bank
- Liquid Capital Funding
- LISC’s New Market Support Company
- Metropolitan Capital
- Regional Development Company
- SomerCor 504
- The BanCorp
- TradeGate Finance, Inc.
- U.S. Small Business Administration
- Urban Partnership Bank
- US Bank
- VEDC Chicagoland Business Opportunity Fund
The “Fire Up Business Growth with Financial Fuel” panel members** include:
- Metropolitan Capital Bank on business valuation
- Luminade, the EWC 2015 Innovations Award Winner, who has accessed alternative loans
- A commercial lender (TBD)
If you weren’t already planning on attending EWC, you should reconsider! EWC was already an incredible event for women entrepreneurs, and we hope to make it even more beneficial by bringing its Access to Capital event. To register for EWC, visit their site.
To learn more about our Access to Capital initiative or about different funding options for your business, visit Access to Capital.
*The information and advice provided by Dun & Bradstreet during the
**Panel members are subject to change