Bethany Hartley

Hi!  I am the Marketing Assistant for the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) located in Chicago, IL.  I am the voice behind the WBDC's online presence.  We seek to help prospective and established women business owners achieve economic independence through entrepreneurship. From workshops and seminars to business coaching and financial assistance, we're here to guide you to business and economic success.  Begin your entrepreneurial journey today!

WBDC's $100,000 Technology Makeover Winner Announced

Have you ever won $100,000 in business boosting prizes? Jennifer Bias, winner of the WBDC’s Third Annual Technology Makeover Competition, knows just how it feels to win this level of products and services to invest in her business....more

Notes on the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership inaugural meeting

Tuesday morning, January 24, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted the inaugural meeting for the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership. Members were invited by Secretary Clinton and include leaders of American and foreign public and private sector organizations. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERDCYwIqqXI]For those that could not watch the live broadcasting, WBDC marketing assistant, Bethany Hartley has provided some notes from the meeting’s discussion. ...more

From Changing Tables to Checks and Balances- The Business Behind Child Care

The WBDC offers a Child Care Business Program (CCBP)unlike any other. You already love children, now we can teach you the business side of child care. You learn solid, tangible skills to build a foundation for a prosperous business, and all of the CCBP options are available in both English and Spanish.How can the WBDC CCBP help you?...more

Four Follow Ups to Your Business Plan- Group Consultations

You developed an idea. You researched the field you want to break into. You have support of friends and family. You wrote your business plan. You revised your business plan. Your personal finances are in order. Now what? Has anyone read your plan? Have you met with any banks to discuss funding? Where are you in your planning, really?...more

12 Women's Words for 2012

Isn’t it always the trend to start the New Year with great goals, aspirations and overwhelming motivation?  When the calendar reads January 1, we all attempt to start a new chapter in our lives, may it be as insignificant as making the bed every morning or something more substantial, like starting a new business.  Regardless, as the year moves forward, we may find that the momentum starts to fade, which is why you should bookmark this post.  Use these twelve slides as motivation to keep working toward your goals. ...more