Connect & Celebrate 2019


Hyatt Regency O'Hare
9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, Illinois 60018


Friday, September 6, 2019

Welcome to the registration site for the Women’s Business Development Center’s 2019 annual conference! We are excited to bring together our local and regional women business owners and corporate, public sector, and community partners. Business owners can explore business opportunities, expand their business networks, and increase their business knowledge and corporate and public sector partners can show their commitment to women and other diverse suppliers.

Your growth is our business and the focus of WBDC Connect & Celebrate: Chicago Conference is the future of your business. Whether it’s through an insightful keynote talk, impactful procurement connections, informative business labs, or general networking, we want you to leave with information and tools to take your business to the next level!

Questions regarding registration?

Questions regarding the event?

WBDC Conference Hotline
312-853-3477 x 380


Working Conference Schedule:

For more information please click here.

Friday 9/6
9:00 am                                 Registration Opens 
10:00 am – 6:00 pm           Galleria Market 
10:00-11:30 am                   WBDC Program Alumni Reunion - Alumni of various WBDC programs reunite and connect
12:00-2:00 pm                    Keynote Luncheon & Awards Celebration
2:30-4:30 pm                      Business Matchmaker
2:30-4:30 pm                      Business Connections Meet & Greet
2:30-4:30 pm                      Business Resources Meet & Greet
2:30-4:30 pm               Certification Booth
2:30-4:00 pm                      Shirley Marx Pitch Finale - Finalists of the Deluxe local pitch competitions that were held in each of our 5 major markets compete for the final grand prize. 
                                               Business Labs- Round 1 
2:30-3:30 pm                      Technology, Innovation, & Cybersecurity Lab
2:30-3:30 pm                      Public Relations Lab

                                               Business Labs- Round 2
3:45-4:45 pm                       Technology, Innovation, & Cybersecurity Lab
3:45-4:45 pm                       Public Relations Lab 

4:00-6:00 pm                      Networking Reception 

Registration Rates: 

 Standard Rate
 Before 8/12/2019
Late Rate
 Before 9/3/2019
 Onsite Rate
Starting 9/4/2019
 Full Ticket $250  $275   $300


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