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05/13/2015 Women's Business Development Center - Is Certification Right For You

“Is Certification Right For You?” Workshop (Lunch & Learn)

 *Register by 5/6/2015*

Date:  Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Time:  12:00- 2:00 p.m.



Lurie Besikof Lapidus

2501 Wayzata Blvd.

Minnepolis, MN 55405 



Have you been looking for that special something to help you “get in the door” of large corporations? If you are a woman-owned and operated business, that something could be the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification. Although not a guarantee of business, the WBE Certification has been proven to provide a competitive edge in obtaining corporate contracts. National in scope and issued by a third-party agency Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the WBE Certification is recognized by over a thousand major corporations and government agencies in the U.S. Attend our popular “Is Certification Right For You?” workshop to see if the leading woman’s business certification is right for you. Ideal participants should be a part of a business that at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by a woman or women, and whose target market includes corporate America.



Gain an understanding of whether or not your business could qualify for women business certifications. Learn the overall benefits of WBE certification and then be able to determine if certification will actually benefit your business. All of the local, state and federal government certifications available in Minnesota will be covered. 



Participants must be part of a business that at least 51% owned, actively managed and controlled by a woman or women. In addition, participants should be interested in acquiring corporate contracts. If you are already certified as a WBE through WBENC, you do not need to attend this workshop. 



Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 12:00–2:00 p.m.



Office of Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP (LBLCO) accounting firm at 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Mpls, 55405 (394 & Penn). Complimentary parking is available on the east side of the building or in the street. Please find the map and directions at




The non-refundable workshop fee is $20, including light lunch. Please register online by 05/06/15 at link) OR (click on the event, then on “Register Now”). Please contact  prior to 05/06/15 if you do not receive an email confirmation of your registration.




Contact WBDC-MN at  or 612-259-6584.



05/14/2015 - BMO Harris Bank and Women's Business Development Center - ACCESS to CAPITAL

Access to Capital

*Register by 5/7/2015* 

Date:  Thursday, May 14, 2015 

Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm



Radisson Blu Mall of America

Level 2, Minnetonka Ballroom

2100 Killebrew Dr

Bloomington, MN  55425


Unlock the mysteries of accessing capital.

Attendees will learn when it’s best to approach investors and banks, and how to leverage strategic partnerships and receivables. A local entrepreneur will also share how access to capital helped take her business to the next level.



Cathy Connett – CEO and Managing Partner, Sofia Fund

Nancy Libersky – District Director, Small Business Administration

Cathy Gooch – President, Catallia Mexican Foods

Shelley Peterson Bourland – Vice President, BMO Harris Bank

Karen Turnquist – President, Sage Business Credit



3:00 – 3:30 pm – Registration and Networking

3:30 – 4:45 pm – Program

4:45 – 6:00 pm – Cocktail Reception and Networking



Space is limited, so register today at (direct link) OR RSVP Deadline – May 7th. Questions: Natasha Fedorova at  or 612-259-6584.

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