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Business Advisor, Illinois SBDC at WBDC (Little Village)

Location: Chicago
Posted on: January 28, 2023

Job Description:

Business Advisor, IL SBDC at WBDC

The WBDC is in search of a Business Advisor for the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at WBDC in Little Village, Chicago, Illinois. This contract role is for 11 months, subject to renewal.

Who We Are:

The Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) is a 501(c)(3) nationally recognized leader in the field of women's business development and economic empowerment for over 37 years. Our mission is to support and accelerate business development and growth by targeting women and serving all diverse business owners, to strengthen their participation in, and impact on, the economy. We value our knowledgeable, prepared, and diverse staff and foster a culture that is results-oriented, supportive, and progressive.

The Program:

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, has awarded funds to the WBDC to establish a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Little Village. The WBDC will utilize the funding awarded to provide information, confidential business guidance, training, and other resources for start-ups and existing small businesses. The WBDC has the responsibility for operating and managing the SBDC, as outlined below.

The WBDC shall retain, with the approval of the Director of the Illinois SBDC Network, a Business Advisor to support day-to-day functions of the SBDC at the WBDC in Little Village, Chicago, Illinois. This SBDC serves as a focal point for the coordination of federal, State, local, university, college, and private resources to aid small businesses in the Little Village area.

The Role and Responsibilities:

The Business Advisor will provide advising and train small business owners, managers, and prospective owners in dealing with financial, marketing, production, organization, engineering, technical, and other management concerns. Services are to be provided to WBDC clients both virtually and in-person, primarily in Little Village.

The Business Advisor is to perform, with oversight by the Managing Director, Entrepreneurial Program and Services, the following:


Assess small business owners' and entrepreneurs' needs through one-on-one business consultation and provide guidance.
Give clients accurate and timely business information on behalf of the SBA.
Conduct business training to meet identified client needs.
Promote program services to relevant service providers, the local business community, and other stakeholders.
Participate in professional development programs, as needed.
Track client activity, successes and results.
Develop center resources and programs, as needed.
Adhere to the guidelines, requirements, and overall strategic goals for the SBDC, as provided by the SBA
Perform additional duties as assigned for the SBDC.

Terms of Agreement:

The WBDC contract term ends January 1, 2024, unless terminated sooner or unless renewed by mutual written agreement. The WBDC may extend this contract subject to approval for funding.

The number of billable hours shall not exceed 35-40 hours per week in this contractor position. The rate for compensation is commensurate with experience and skillset.

How to Apply:

To submit a response to this request for a contractor, please submit the below documents by email to: Eva Pawlik, HR Generalist, at

The submission information should include:

A resume, reflecting relevant work experience
At least 3 business references
A preliminary hourly rate for providing the above-mentioned services.

The submission is open until a contractor has been selected.

The Women's Business Development Center is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. Further information regarding the WBDC is available at

The Qualification Criteria:The WBDC is seeking a Business Advisor that has experience in small business management and/or business consulting to perform the responsibilities above. Qualification Criteria: Strong financial acumen Strong organizational and communication skills Bilingual in English and Spanish is required Passionate about women's issues and economic development Experience working with diverse groups 4+ years of work experience Bachelor's degree (advanced degree is preferred)PI202144986

Keywords: WOMENS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER, Chicago , Business Advisor, Illinois SBDC at WBDC (Little Village), Other , Chicago, Illinois

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