Women Veterans Program
The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs supports all Illinois veterans whether they are long-time veterans, new transitioning veterans, or service members on active duty. Of particular note, our women veterans have long served in various critical roles in our military, and although a small percentage of the veteran population overall, this group is very skilled, adaptable, and strong. Through our Women Veterans Program, we hope to serve the woman veteran in any way possible, addressing each of her unique concerns - developing programs, community collaborations, opportunities and connections to help equip and empower her to grow personally and strengthen the woman veteran presence in Illinois.
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
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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
Illinois Joining Forces – Women Veterans Working Group
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)