|Metro. Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patricia Horton presents a proclamation honoring Women’s Business Development Center for advancing entrepreneurial & economic empowerment of women.|
“The MWRD was an early advocate of a policy which supports the legitimate aspirations of women’s businesses within its jurisdiction,” says Commissioner Horton. “We are proud to have been a pioneer in recognizing the economic contribution and attribute of business women in Cook County.”
Since 2008, the MWRD has awarded 265 projects to women-owned businesses. These contracts have included heavy construction and related projects, professional services projects and job order contracts. The value of these subcontracts is $104,939,151.
More than 50,000 women business owners have received one-on-one counseling, participated in workshops and entrepreneurial training, and taken advantage of other programs offered through the WBDC. The WBDC implemented creative and innovative approaches to empowering women and their families while striving to influence the larger political and economic environment in a way that encourages and supports women’s economic empowerment.