Women’s Small Business Month Virtual Events

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will celebrate Women’s Small Business Month through the month of October. The Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) will present virtual events featuring business resources, important topics, and spotlights of women-owned businesses, showcasing our commitment to growing and investing in women-owned businesses statewide.


Owning Their Future: Women Business Leaders Pave the Way Forward

Tuesday | October 26 |11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Please join the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity as they present “Owning Their Future: Women Business Leaders Pave the Way Forward”. We know women business owners and entrepreneurs have been disproportionately impacted by the effects of the pandemic, which is layered on top of existing barriers to entry and growth. Hear from women business leaders who have broken the glass ceiling and want to help you get your business to the next level.

Making It: Women Manufacturers Find Success

Wednesday | October 27 | 10:00 to 11:00 am

OMEE & Illinois SBDC presents Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME), an informative workshop experience where subject matter experts in the field of business share information with Illinois entrepreneurs to help them be successful. Listen to this dynamic panel of women manufacturers as they share best practices on breaking barriers and finding success in a male dominated industry.