The 17th Annual Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Expo, presented by the Womenâ€™s Business Development Center (WBDC), will be held on Saturday, June 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, in Chicago.
Themed â€œExcel.Grow.Lead.â€ and presented in Spanish and English, the Expo is the only event of its kindÂ in the Chicago area thatÂ providesÂ business solutions, resources, products, information and services to prospective and established early childhood education entrepreneurs.
Expo highlightsÂ include The State of Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Breakfast and Panel; Grow Track Workshops for Start-Up Entrepreneurs and Lead Track Workshops for Established Entrepreneurs; Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Applause Awards Luncheon, honoring outstanding child care providers and activists in the child care community; Exhibition Hall of more than 60 booths featuring insurance vendors, bankers, child care associations, state regulatory agencies for the industry, educational products and curriculum vendors; Chocolate Hour and Graduation Reception, honoring recent graduates of the WBDCâ€™s Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Program.
Limited early bird online registration is available for $25 for the first 250 people and includes breakfast and lunch. General admission online, including breakfast and lunch, is $40 prior to June 5th. Limited on-site registration will be available for $75.Â For more information and to register, visit www.WBDC.org, or callÂ 312-853-3477, ext. 290.
A nationally recognized economic development center now in its 29th year, the WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance in English and Spanish. The WBDC is headquartered at 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603.