VIVA is a certified member of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) in Chicago, an affiliate of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). WBDC is the oldest, largest, most comprehensive, and successful women’s business assistance center in the United States, and it is nationally and internationally recognized for its responsive, innovative, and effective programs and advocacy efforts. VIVA and our President are actively involved with WBDC, and sponsor several events for supporting WBDC. Our President, Ms. Vasanthi Ilangovan, was recently nominated by WBDC for the Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame award. She was subsequently inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame 2011 by the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies of the University of Illinois at Chicago.