Child Care Business Expo is Underway

The 15th Anniversary Child Care Business Expo, presented by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), will be held on Saturday, June 1st from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, in Chicago. The 15th Anniversary event brings together child care providers, experts and advocates to celebrate and accelerate the industry.

Themed “Gear Up for Growth: Marketing and Money Strategies that Work for Your Child Care Business,” and presented in Spanish and English, the Child Care Business Expo is a full day of real life solutions to current business challenges. Child care entrepreneurs will learn from peers and top leaders in the business side of child care. The Expo is the only event of its kind—providing everything for child care entrepreneurs to grow from the ground up or expand their established businesses.

Highlights of the Expo include the annual Applause Awards Breakfast, featuring awardees, with Expo Co-Chairs Kimberlee Burt, owner of A Child’s Space, and Patty Kryscha of Southwest Airlines welcoming guests along with Expo honorary co-chairs Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. The 2013 awardees are: Peg Dunne Pavelec, owner of Little Inspirations and Fast Track Award winner; Teresa Gomez, owner of Wonderland Home Day Care and Wonderland Day Care Center and Unsung Hero Award winner; Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Friend of Child Care Award winner; and Arabel Alva Rosales, president and CEO of AAR & Assocs., LTD. and Child Care Champion Award winner.

Deluxe Corporation Foundation and Robert R. McCormick Foundation are Premier Sponsors of the 15th Anniversary Child Care Business Expo. The Expo is also supported by Citi, Discover, J&J Exhibitors Service, Southwest Airlines, The Turner Construction Company Foundation and Walgreens. Media sponsors include Hoy, Lawndale News, LaRaza,, NBC5, Negocios Now, Radio Cosmos, Telemundo, WVON Radio and Neighborhood Parents Network. The cost to attend, including breakfast and lunch, is $35 prior to May 15. For more information and to register online, please visit or call 312-853-3477, ext. 290.

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