16 01-2014

5 Facts about Maria Contreras-Sweet: What You Should Know

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:17+00:00 January 16th, 2014|

President Obama announced Maria Contreras-Sweet as his nominee to lead the Small Business Administration on Wednesday.  A businesswoman who has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, Contreras-Sweet makes a great candidate to fill Obama’s final cabinet seat.  Here are five reasons why her nomination is a step in the right direction for [...]

26 08-2013

Startup? Where to Start

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:19+00:00 August 26th, 2013|

Have a great idea for a business but no idea where to begin? Fret not, because local resources for start-ups are abundant. Business schools, incubators, accelerator programs, and small business development centers are just some of the ways entrepreneurs can hone their concepts and start taking steps necessary to jumpstart their companies. Business Schools While [...]

9 08-2013

Access to Capital Atlanta is on August 14

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:21+00:00 August 9th, 2013|

It’s that time again, the Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet tour will be in Atlanta next Wednesday, August 14th. Access to Capital Atlanta will boast a diverse line up of experts participating in four different panels and spotlight presentations, more than 40 representatives from traditional and alternative lenders, and a Community and Business Resource [...]

13 05-2013

“Where do I find a grant to start my woman owned business?”

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:22+00:00 May 13th, 2013|

All too often at the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) we hear the question, “Where are the grants for women to start their businesses?” The answer: There are none.  No really, there are none.  If you find a grant for women starting a business, please post the information in the comments below, because in the [...]

6 05-2013

Business Finance: Anywhere, Anytime

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:23+00:00 May 6th, 2013|

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 [...]

7 02-2013

Accessing Capital for Women-Owned and Minority-Owned Businesses

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:23+00:00 February 7th, 2013|

In the years since the recession took hold, small businesses across the nation have struggled to access the financing they need to continue operating at peak levels while fueling expansion. The U.S. Small Business Administration and federal government stepped in to help independently owned companies survive with loan programs that administered funding when big banks [...]