A Message from the Director:
Greetings, fellow women of the Illinois veteran community!
As the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), I consider it a great privilege to be standing up a new Women Veterans Program.
Many of us have lived what the research says: women veterans often don’t self-identify as veterans and don’t take advantage of veterans’ benefits to the same extent as their male peers.
We at IDVA aim to change that by drawing together the women of Illinois’ veteran community and helping to ensure that we’re all plugged into the many resources available.
To do this, we need your help! As we develop our Women Veterans’ Program, we need a better understanding of your experiences, perceptions, and needs. Make your voice heard through our Women Veterans’ Survey – and tell a friend, too!
In the meantime, we are pleased to offer the resources below.
I am honored to be a part of the community of strong Illinois women who have served in uniform. Thank you all for your service. All of us at IDVA look forward to serving you better in the months ahead.
Erica J. Borggren
Women Vetrepreneurship Program
Are you a woman veteran thinking about starting your own business?
Many of the qualities veterans possess, including being a resourceful problem solver, persevering through adversity, being willing to take risks and having a can-do attitude, are the same ones that make successful entrepreneurs.
The Women Vetreprenurship Program is a unique program for women veterans who are pursuing self-employment or business ownership as a pathway to economic security, independence and empowerment. Offered by the WBDC, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the program will create a women veteran’s support infrastructure that will leverage existing resources to cover both business development and social service needs.
Proven WBDC business development training programs and services
Women Veterans’ Affinity Group to connect participants in a meaningful, ongoing community and to educate and assist in accessing available benefits and support services
A network of partner-provided social services for women veteran support
No-cost child care services during program participation provided through the WBDC’s child care business clients
Direct lending to eligible program participants to start or grow a business
Mentoring program pairing successful small business women with program participants
Nicole Mandeville joined the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) in August 2013 as the program lead for the Women Vetrepreneurship Program (WVP). In this role she serves as the liaison between women veterans and the WBDC as they begin or continue on their entrepreneurial path. As a part of her responsibilities she is the one out in the field and in the office offering training, counseling and technical assistance.
For more information on how to enroll, please contact Nicole at: Nmandeville@wbdc.org 312.853.3477, extension 410
The Women Vetreprenurship Program is sponsored by a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
Upcoming Women Veteran Events
Next Women Vetrepreneurship Program Orientation:
Please contact Nicole Mandeville Nmandeville@wbdc.org (312.853.3477 x 410) for details on the next WVP Orientation.
The Affinity Group Meetings take place at AKArama Foundation Inc. Community, 6220 S Ingleside Ave, Chicago.
Affinity Group Meetings
WVP Participants, please join us from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm on the first and third Tuesday of every month for our Affinity Group Sessions. These sessions are part of our Women Vetrepreneurship Program, which gives women veterans access to veteran-related resources and allows them to participate in business training through our partner, the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC). At these sessions you will learn about veteran-related resources and benefits available to you while socializing and networking with fellow women veterans, business owners, and WVP participants.
For questions and to register please contact: Women Veterans Coordinator, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VA Women's Health Benefits
USDVA Women Veterans Healthcare
Hines VA Hospital Women's Health
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Women's Health
Danville VA Women's Health
VA Health Benefits Call Center
Veteran Benefits Administration
Business and Professional Women's Foundation
Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)
Women Veterans in Transition
Domestic Violence and Abuse
VA Domestic Abuse Awareness and Prevention
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Military Sexual Trauma
VA Services for MST
VA MST and Mental Health Services
Service Women's Action Network (SWAN)