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West Side Forward Chicago
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022 · 12:00 PM CDT
    Do you feel overwhelmed, not in a good space, all over the place, etc.? Do you have an outlet or someone to talk to? Depression and anxiety are at an all-time high, and not everyone has a “safe place” to turn to. It does not have to be depression-...
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2022 · 3:00 PM CDT
    Presented by the Illinois SBDC at West Side Forward.

    For entrepreneurs in the early start-up and design stage of the business, this workshop offers a high-level view of what it takes to launch your business, develop a business plan, and the many ...
  • Thursday, June 9, 2022 · 11:00 AM CDT
    Are you getting the most out of social media in your job search? Social media is a great source to learn about companies hiring, find job leads, and connect with hiring managers. With so many social media platforms it can be overwhelming to know w...
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2022 · 12:00 PM CDT
    There is an unspoken etiquette amongst business professionals that helps to develop long-lasting connections and opportunities. In this workshop, we will discuss the essentials of business etiquette and how to implement it in everyday settings.
  • Thursday, June 23, 2022 · 6:30 PM CDT
    Presented by the Illinois SBDC at West Side Forward.

    For entrepreneurs in the early start-up and design stage of the business, this workshop offers a high-level view of what it takes to launch your business, develop a business plan, and the many ...
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022 · 12:00 PM CDT
    Whether you are looking for a job opportunity for the first time or seeking new opportunities, this is the place to be. In this workshop, we will help guide you towards the resources you need, put you in touch with the right people, and offer brie...
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2022 · 6:30 PM CDT
    Presented by the Illinois SBDC at West Side Forward.

    For entrepreneurs interested in or in the early stages of starting a business in the retail industry, this workshop offers a high-level view of what it takes to launch your business, the best r...
  • Wednesday, July 27, 2022 · 10:00 AM CDT
    There are many ways to fund a business from grants, loans, crowdfunding, investors, etc. Regardless of how you raise money, there are certain protocols and strategies entrepreneurs should consider when approaching each one of these sources. This w...
  • Wednesday, October 6, 2021 · 6:30 PM EDT
    Are you interested in getting your business enterprise certification? Well, join us as we converse with experts who take the “mystery” out of applying for business certifications like: MBE, WBE, BEP, VBE and others! During our talk with the expert...
  • Saturday, October 2, 2021 · 10:00 AM CDT
    For entrepreneurs in the early start-up and design stage of the business, this workshop offers a high-level view of what it takes to launch your business, develop a business plan, and the many resources available to you.
  • Thursday, September 16, 2021 · 5:30 PM CDT
    When it comes to legal topics, many entrepreneurs and business owners have major questions that have a significant impact on their business. Some questions include: how to structure their business, how to avoid all too common legal missteps and/or...
  • Thursday, July 15, 2021 · 5:30 PM CDT
    Sell, Sell, Sell! We sell things all the time. If your understanding of selling is to convince someone the value something has, then you are selling. We sell things to our friends all the time through word of mouth. Why is it such a heavy lift for...
  • Monday, June 21, 2021 · 12:00 PM CDT
    For entrepreneurs interested in or in the early stages of starting a business in the retail industry, this workshop offers a high-level view of what it takes to launch your business, the best resources to get started, the pros and cons of brick mo...
  • Thursday, March 25, 2021 · 11:00 AM CDT
    Keeping good financial records for your business is vital to the success of your business. In this workshop learn simple steps to get your business finances in order.
  • Thursday, March 11, 2021 · 7:00 PM CST
    Wonder why your posts aren't getting the reach they deserve? Why they are being seen by the same small audience? This workshop will help you understand what the Algorithm is and how you can create posts that will be seen by more people.
  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 · 6:00 PM CST
    Get a cheat sheet of tips to post daily.
  • Thursday, April 28, 2022 · 5:30 PM CDT
    Presented by the Illinois SBDC at West Side Forward.

    For entrepreneurs in the early start-up and design stage of the business, this workshop offers a high-level view of what it takes to launch your business, develop a business plan, and the many ...
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2022 · 12:00 PM CDT
    We understand that during these times, especially with costs rising, and all that is going on around the world, people are in need. Some people may not know where to turn to for help with whatever the need may be. Let us connect you to the help or...
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2022 · 6:30 PM CDT
    Presented by the Illinois SBDC at West Side Forward.

    For entrepreneurs in the early start-up and design stage of the business, this workshop offers a high-level view of what it takes to launch your business, develop a business plan, and the many ...
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2022 · 10:00 AM CDT
    Presented by the Illinois SBDC at West Side Forward.

    For entrepreneurs in the early start-up and design stage of the business, this workshop offers a high-level view of what it takes to launch your business, develop a business plan, and the many ...
  • Monday, February 28, 2022 · 6:30 PM CST
    Presented by the Illinois SBDC at West Side Forward.

    For entrepreneurs in the early start-up and design stage of the business, this workshop offers a high-level view of what it takes to launch your business, develop a business plan, and the many ...
  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022 · 12:00 PM CST
    2022 is the year, to begin a new journey! That starts with creating a stressless/stress-free life. Stress is a silent killer that many people are aware of, yet fail to manage effectively. In large part because it's sometimes difficult to pinpoint ...
  • Saturday, January 29, 2022 · 10:00 AM CST
    Presented by the Illinois SBDC at West Side Forward.

    For entrepreneurs in the early start-up and design stage of the business, this workshop offers a high-level view of what it takes to launch your business, develop a business plan, and the many ...
  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021 · 5:30 PM CST
    Presented by the Illinois SBDC at West Side Forward.

    In case you missed it last month, we are back with another "Starting Your Business in Illinois" workshop. For entrepreneurs in the early start-up and design stage of the business, this workshop...
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021 · 5:30 PM CST
    Presentation moderated by West Side Forward Small Business Development Center.

    Are you looking to earn a grant from the state of Illinois? Any organization seeking grants from the State of Illinois must meet the requirements of and adhere to the...
  • Wednesday, October 6, 2021 · 6:30 PM EDT
    Are you interested in getting your business enterprise certification? Well, join us as we converse with experts who take the “mystery” out of applying for business certifications like: MBE, WBE, BEP, VBE and others! During our talk with the expert...
  • Saturday, October 2, 2021 · 10:00 AM CDT
    For entrepreneurs in the early start-up and design stage of the business, this workshop offers a high-level view of what it takes to launch your business, develop a business plan, and the many resources available to you.
  • Thursday, September 16, 2021 · 5:30 PM CDT
    When it comes to legal topics, many entrepreneurs and business owners have major questions that have a significant impact on their business. Some questions include: how to structure their business, how to avoid all too common legal missteps and/or...
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2022 · 10:00 AM CDT
    Celebrate ‘National Small Business Week’ by joining us for a live event that will offer strategies on how to use social media to increase your business presence, growth and sales.

    The majority of successful businesses have a strategic social me...
  • Wednesday, March 9, 2022 · 11:00 AM CST
    Now more than ever, there are more job opportunities available with higher pay, and fewer restrictions. Whether you are looking for a job opportunity for the first time or seeking new opportunities, this is the place to be. In this workshop, we wi...
  • Friday, October 22, 2021 · 9:00 AM CDT
    There are many ways to fund a business from grants, loans, crowdfunding, investors, etc. Regardless of how you raise money, there are certain protocols and strategies entrepreneurs should consider when approaching each one of these sources. This w...
  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021 · 5:00 PM CDT
    Budgeting is key in both personal and business finances. Creating budgets allows you to gain a better understanding of your finances, track your spending habits, and show you what saving and investments you can make towards your future. This works...
  • Monday, June 21, 2021 · 12:00 PM CDT
    For entrepreneurs interested in or in the early stages of starting a business in the retail industry, this workshop offers a high-level view of what it takes to launch your business, the best resources to get started, the pros and cons of brick mo...
  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021 · 5:00 PM CDT
    This workshop will help participants figure out how to use technology to enhance their business. Each business has different technological needs and this workshop helps aspiring entrepreneurs sort through software, apps, and equipment options that...
  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021 · 6:00 PM CST
    FB groups are the big thing right now. Learn what content you need to share to build your FB group
  • Recurring Webinar
    Have a business question? No need to make an appointment, just pop into our virtual office hours. Please note, this will not be a 1 on 1 session as multiple people can join.
  • Recurring Webinar
    Founder forum is an opportunity for business owners within the WSF community to connect with each other, exchange ideas, engage with advisors, or even practice their latest pitch. Those that join will be able to offer suggestions for future topic ...
  • Recurring Webinar
    For entrepreneurs in the early start-up and design stage of the business, the workshop offers a high level view of what it takes to launch your business, develop a business plan, and the many resources available to you.
  • Recurring Webinar
    Any organization seeking grants from the State of Illinois must meet requirements of and adhere to the Grant accountability and Transparency Act (GATA). All applicants and grantees must comply with GATA grant requirements and GATA pre-qualificatio...
  • Thursday, November 5, 2020 · 5:00 PM CST
    Becoming a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), or a Veteran’s Business Enterprise (VBE) is another tool to add to your marketing kit that helps promote your company to major corporations that are activ...
Series
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    West Side Biz Academy
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    Summit
    Ultimate Virtual Guide for Career Changers to get back into the Job Market post-pandemic.
  • Summit
    ULTIMATE VIRTUAL GUIDE TO GETTING BACK INTO THE JOB MARKET POST PANDEMIC
24/7 Webinars
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    Thursday, May 21, 2020 · 6:00 AM CDT
    Presented by CIBC and West Side Forward
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