13th Annual Child Care Business Expo Presented by the Women's Business Development Center to be Held May 21

Chicago, IL, April 16, 2011 --(PR.com)-- The 13th Annual Child Care Business Expo, themed “Growing Businesses, Cultivating Leadership,” will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Chicago Hilton & Towers, 720 S. Michigan Ave., in Chicago.

Presented in Spanish and English by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), the Child Care Business Expo is an informative, resource-packed conference offering new and established home-based and center-based child care entrepreneurs an energizing and informative day of reflection and action for their businesses within the context of the volatile nature of today’s economy.

The Child Care Business Expo provides child care entrepreneurs access to creative solutions to today’s business issues and to a much-needed network of resources and support. Attendees learn from peers and from Chicago’s top leaders in child care. The Expo is the only event of its kind—a unique one-stop clearinghouse for child care business solutions, resources, products, information, and services.

Highlights of the Expo include the annual Child Care Applause Awards Breakfast, sponsored by Southwest Airlines and honoring exemplary child care providers and activists in the child care community; a motivational luncheon featuring a keynote presentation by Sondra Solarte, FOX Chicago journalist, on “Women Business Owners: The Agents of Change in Today’s Economy;” a variety of panel discussions and workshops including workshops by nationally-renowned family child care expert Tom Copeland of the National Association for Family Child Care; and an Exhibition Hall with over 50 booths featuring insurance vendors, bankers, child care associations, state regulatory agencies for the industry, and toy and curriculum vendors.

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is the Premiere Sponsor of the 13th Annual Child Care Business Expo. Other top sponsors include Fifth Third Bank and Southwest Airlines. The Expo is also supported by Citi, Chase, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and The Turner Construction Company Foundation. Media sponsors include FOX Chicago, Univision Radio, and MyHabanero.com.

The cost for Child Care Business Expo registration, including all workshops and materials, a continental breakfast and lunch, is $45 before May 1 and $55 thereafter. On-site registration, based on availability, is $75. For more information and to register online, please visit www.WBDC.org or call 312-853-3477, ext. 290.

Women's Business Development Center
Tammy Martin