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24th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman's Conference and Women's Business & Buyers Mart 
It is our pleasure to invite you and your colleagues to the 24th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman's Conference, Women's Business & Buyers Mart,the oldest conference and business opportunities fair for women in business in the country, and the premier event for women business owners in the Midwest. This year's conference will be held September 22, 2010 at McCormick Place-West in Chicago.  Please take note of our new location for this year's event. 

For more information, please visit our website at or call us at 312 853 3477 ex. 0
Congratulations Kimberlee!! 
Kimberlee J. Burt
Executive Director & Owner
A Child's Space 
Winner, 2010 Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year - Rising Star Women's Business Development Center: 24th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman's Conference

Founded in 2002, Kimberlee Burt is the owner, creator and executive director of A Child's Space Early Learning Center that services over 50 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 years of age, located in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood.  A Child's Space provides a range of services including, a full developmentally appropriate preschool readiness curriculum with integrated sign language, hands-on cross curricular learning, regular parent and child outings, and a Night and Weekend care program.  Additionally, they recently acquired a school bus, that the children affectionately call the "Happy Bus," and plan to expand their services to include full transportation services in 2010.>>>more
12th Annual Child Care Business Expo
Planting Seeds of Growth and Resilience in the New Economy 

WBDC Honors Exemplary Child Care Providers and Activists Jeanne Neifert, Martina Rocha and Camille Gant 
The 12th Annual Child Care Business Expo (CCBE) was held on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at the Chicago Hilton & Towers.
Over 600 providers and friends participated. The CCBE offered child care entrepreneurs a day of reflection and action, providing access to creative solutions to today's business issues and to a much needed network of resources and support. 

There was a number of panel discussions and workshops offered in both English and Spanish, with veteran providers and industry experts, including child care expert Tom Copeland.
           WBDC presented its Inaugural  Lifetime Achievement Award in Child Care: Maria Rojas and Darlene Pokorny 

Thank you to everyone that attended, participated, and helped make it a success!

Success Stories
Martina Rocha

In addition to receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award, this Childcare activist was also featured in an article written by Stephanie N. Lehman, which was featured in a few Northern Suburban news websites. Click on the link below to check it out!

Round Lake Park Business Women Wins Child Care Award
Gloria's Casita Infantil

Obtaining a license for their home based child care center in March of this year was a huge milestone for Rebeca Rodriguez and daughter Gloria Rodriguez. Since its original inception in June 2008, Gloria's Casita Infantil could only care for up to three children total. Now the home based center can open its doors to seven little ones in the morning and seven in the evening>>> more

Maravilla Home Daycare

This September will mark the Grand Opening for Maravilla Home Daycare. Adelia Torres and daughter Martha Torres are counting down the days when they will finally be able to live their dream. The pair will receive their license for the home daycare this month to care for sixteen children, eight in the morning and eight in the evening >>>more 

Share Your Story

Have the services of the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) contributed to your business' success?  If so, we want to hear from you!  For a chance to be featured in our next newsletter, please send your story to Rebecca Diaz at with the words "Success Story" in the subject line.  You may also send any applicable pictures or logos.  By submitting your story, the WBDC has the right to publish selected stories in each of its publications and on the WBDC website.


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Online Resources for Child care Providers 

Upcoming Events

Beginning September 28: Developing Your Child Care Business 10 week series workshop

Developing Your Family Child Care Business is a facilitator-led interactive learning process for individuals wanting to launch or grow successful family child care and center based businesses. The program covers topics that help participants think and act as business owners.

New Workshop
Webinar: Living Your Passion!

Living your Passion: Tools for educating and caring for children!

Your passion for working with young children drives you. Now make that passion work for you with tools from Gateways to Opportunity and Quality Counts.   Gain insight on what drives your passion and learn how to gain more education, make more money and offer even a higher quality of care. 

In Partnership with Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (INCCRRA)

Date: November 5, 2010
Time: 1:00pm

Excellent Opportunity for Child Care Providers

Green Exchange, 2545 W. Diversey Ave. will be a community of businesses and organizations that are working to advance environmental responsibility, social responsibility, and or health and wellness all located in a newly renovated, state of the art LEED Platinum building.  

The development team is actively looking for a childcare provider to open an operation at Green Exchange.  They will be as flexible as possible in working with a childcare provider to craft lease terms and financing that work for their business.   Green Exchange is currently under construction and is expected to open in the late spring of 2011>>> more 

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