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ment Center (WBDC), headquartered here, has been selected to be a partner for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Busi- nesses program at the City Colleges of Chicago to help small businesses create jobs and economic growth. 10,000 Small Businesses is an initiative to unlock the growth and job creation potential of 10,000 small businesses across the United States through greater access to business education, financial capital and business support services. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke


about the 10,000 Small Businesses launch when he delivered the keynote address at the WBDC’s 25th Anniversary Entrepre- neurial Woman’s Conference at McCor- mick Place-West on September 14, 2011. More than 2,000 people attended


event that featured numerous opportuni- ties for women business owners to take their businesses to the next level. 10,000 Small Businesses will provide participants with a practical business and management education delivered through partnerships with the City Colleges of Chicago. While enrolled in the program, participants will develop a customized growth plan for their business. They will also be given the opportunity and tools to position their businesses for access to loans. The WBDC will offer a series of outreach seminars to help introduce the program, as well as provide support and technical services to those interested in participating. Also speaking at the Entrepreneurial

Woman’s Conference was Illinois Gover- nor Pat Quinn. The Women’s Forum Breakfast, moderated by Chicago Sun- Times syndicated financial columnist, fi- nance expert and best-selling author Terry Savage, featured several prominent entre- preneurs sharing the trials and tribulations of running a successful business. This year’s Women’s Forum panelists were: Leylani Cardoso, of Bolzano Handbags; Maxine Clark, of Build-A-Bear Work-


HICAGO, IL, September 29, 2011 – The Women’s Business Develop-


Women’s Business Development Center and Goldman Sachs Announce Partnership in 10,000 Small Businesses Program

Entrepreneurs, advocates, government agencies and corporations received honors for their achievements and support of women’s economic development and empowerment from the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) at its 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon during the 25th Anniversary Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference held at Chicago’s McCormick Place-West on September 14, where keynote speaker Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addressed over 2,000 attendees. Pictured are (from left): Marianne Markowitz, regional administrator, Midwest Region, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), who accepted the 25th Anniversary Advocacy Award on behalf of the SBA; WBDC Co-Presidents Carol Dougal and Hedy M. Ratner; Marilyn Jones, founder and president, Consolidated Printing Company, the 25th Anniversary Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year – Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Success; Tim Maloney, Illinois State President, Bank of America, who accepted the 25th Anniversary Corporate Support Award on behalf of Bank of America; Teresa Ging, founder and president, Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique, Inc. the 25th Anniversary Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year – Rising Star; and Sharon Hoffman Avent, president and CEO, Smead Manufacturing Company, the 25th Anniversary Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year.

Nationally-renowned women business owners shared their personal stories of business success and how they overcame their greatest personal and professional challenges, at the 25th Anniversary Women’s Forum Breakfast, a highlight of the 25th Anniversary Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference, presented by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) at Chicago’s McCormick Place-West on September 14. Pictured are (from left): Leylani Cardoso, founder and president of Bolzano Handbags, and vice president of Duty Free World International; Lynn Tilton, founder and CEO, Patriarch Partners, LLC; WBDC Co-Presidents Carol Dougal and Hedy M. Ratner; Maxine Clark, chairman and chief executive bear of Build-A-Bear Workshop®, Inc.; Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson, Radio One, Inc.; and Terry Savage, Chicago Sun-Times syndicated financial columnist, finance expert and best-selling author, who moderated the panel.

shop; Cathy Hughes, of Radio One; and Lynn Tilton, of Patriarch Partners. The conference also featured the 25th Anniversary Women’s Business & Buyers Mart; the 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon, honoring successful female entrepreneurs, as well as support- ers of women’s economic development; and Contract Connections, pre-arranged,


one-on-one meetings between certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) and corporate and government purchasing decision-makers. The event concluded with a 25th Anniversary Celebration. Information about the WBDC and

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is available online at




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