BBQ’d Productions – Success After Access to Capital Chicago

Kris Schoenberger, owner of BBQ’d Productions—a mobile catering and full-service party planning company – attended Access to Capital Chicago as a finalist in the Growing Chicago: $10k Business Pitch Contest. He hoped to win the money to finance a second trailer. Instead, he made an important connection with loan officer Jennie Motto from Accion Chicago, […]

What is the D&B D-U-N-S® Number? Who uses it?

When signing up for the Access to Capital event in Seattle, businesses will be asked to register with their D&B D-U-N-S® Number.  If businesses are unsure if they have a D&B D-U-N-S Number, D&B can first check to see if one is on file.  The infographic below explains to attendees what their Number is and […]

Community Resources for Small Businesses

Accessing capital is only one step of business ownership. Running a business is a complicated process and can be particularly intimidating for first-time business owners and entrepreneurs. Luckily, community resources are readily available at free or low cost for business owners looking to start, grow or maintain their companies. Local Small Business Development Centers, Chambers […]

Business Finance: Anywhere, Anytime

As the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) continues to expand our access to capital opportunities we are focused on providing extended capabilities through being named a core member of the Chicago Microlending Institute (CMI) and the development of online/on-demand course offerings coming summer 2013.  Whether you’re business is in the city of Chicago or throughout […]

Next Stop on the Access to Capital Road Trip: Chicago!

On October 18th, 2012, a catalyst occurred in Los Angeles, a catalyst that led to tens of millions of dollars in new small business loans. What happened that day, you might wonder. What one thing could be responsible for prompting millions of dollars of small business loans? I’ll tell you. It was an event: Access […]

Financing from the Small Business Administration

What is the Small Business Administration? The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), founded on July 30, 1953, consists of four main functions: Access to Capital, Entrepreneurial Development, Government Contracting, and Advocacy. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete […]

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