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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The mission of the women's business development center (wbdc) is to support and accelerate business development and growth, targeting women and serving other underserved communities and veterans, in order to strengthen their participation in, and impact on, the economy.

Results: - Over 60,000 women served - Over 12,000 entrepreneurial training workshops held - Over 8,000 business counseling sessions conducted - Over $80 million in financing secured - Over $800 million government and corporate contracts facilitated - Over 1,200 WBEs certified each year

Programs: The established business program serves established businesses who would like to grow their business and build capacity. Services include workshops, certification services, assistance with corporate and government contracting, and business advising. 2,185 persons served during fiscal year.

the wbdc provides women's business enterpise (wbe) certification to women-owned businesses in a nine state midwest region through a partnership with the women's business enterprise national council (wbenc). 1,577 persons served during fiscal year.

the emerging business program serves individuals who want to start a business or are in the early stages of growing their business by providing business development counseling and workshops. 2,042 persons served during fiscal year.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first started my business, I went to the WBDC for their quick start program. It helped me decide whether I was making the correct decision. Since then I have found them to be very supportive of all women business owners. Each year, they have a conference that has served to be very helpful to women business owners.

This is a great organization and one I recommend to all new and existing women business owners.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I experienced the services of the WBDC by attending their JumpStart and e-Marketing series of training classes. Both series were excellent in terms of value for money, quality of training, convenience of evening class schedules, the opportunity to meet other women in similar stages of their business development. In addition the class environment was very welcoming with a very open approach, irrespective of anyone's previous level of knowledge about any given subject.
I looked forward to attending the classes and learned more there in 6 weeks about such things as market research, marketing strategy, financial planning, blogging, search engine optimisation, utilising internet media etc. than I would have done through months of self teaching, reading books, or networking. I would definitely recommend the classes to anyone thinking about starting a new business or thinking about ways to effectively market their business offer.


Client Served

Rating: 5

the WBDC is as giving as any not for profit organization could be. their hearts and souls are in it to better the livelihoods of women in business. they opened doors for my business by certifying us as a WBE.