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Make City in the News
Meet the Experts
Connections & Balance
HR Corner
Planning Meeting
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June 2018
It's Cruising Time!
I CNC will be hosting its Annual Boat Cruise aboard the Anita Dee II!
If you're interested in an afternoon of relaxing and an opportunity to build great new relationships, the ICNC Boat Cruise is where you'll want to be. The cruise experience will include an open bar and refreshments.

Last year's event SOLD OUT!
*If you are an ICNC tenant or member, please contact 
Hannah Jones for  a registration cod e.  

Thursday, July 19th
2:30 PM - 4:30 (Sailing)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (At the dock)
DuSable Harbor - 150 N. Lake Shore Dr.
ICNC Turned 50 in 2017.
Read about it in our 2017 Annual Report!
"We're lucky that the businesses who make up ICNC told us they want the next 50 years to be as impactful and successful as the first 50. The board and staff are fortunate to have a chance to lead the organization at a time of such progress," wrote Steve DeBretto, Executive Director and Andrew Wielgus, Board President.

You can read more about ICNC's mission, successes, advocacy plans, finances, projects, and more in our full Annual Report here

Make City Made the News
ICNC's manufacturing incubator Make City was featured on Univision!
Meet the Experts
The following industry professionals will be available to you and your staff in the Make City Tenant Lounge:

- CIBC Bank, Annette Vega, June 13th - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- UPS, Andrea Cervini, June 14th - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- The Ward Powell Group, Inc., Ward Powell, June 20th - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Fifth Third Bank, Karl Riley, June 21st - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Do you have questions about any of the above businesses? Please contact Jennifer by email or at (312)421-3941.
Connections & Balance - NEW Opportunities!
Is networking a challenge?
July 17th
Join a conversation on how to make connections that matter to you and your business.
Business is doing well, are you?
August 8th
Plan to enjoy Make City's first Relax and Recharge day. You will be able to participate in your choice of yoga, a gaining balance session, massages, and more. Additional details will be shared soon.
The HR Corner 
Are you ready to hire staff but lack the time to screen resumes? Our workforce development department can assist you!  Learn more.

- Could you use tips on recruiting and retaining hourly workers? Click here for some strategies from our Workforce Development Department.

- The City of Chicago's  minimum wage will increase to $12 an hour starting July 1st. The raise is part of the city's planned phase-in process from 2015 to 2019. See more details  here
Industrial Modernization Plan Community Meeting Recap
ICNC hosted the Department of Planning & Development  to  discuss Mayor Emanuel's Industrial Corridor Modernization Initiative with Kinzie Corridor neighborhood stakeholders.  DPD reaffirmed that it has no plans to  further eliminate the Planned Manufacturing District zoning in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor. For details, please contact .
Community Announcements
Trying to take your unique business from startup to storefront?  Boombox  is Chicago's first pop-up retail space transforming a shipping container into a storefront available to rent for short term, retail, cultural, community, and marketing experiences. Boombox spaces are exceptionally designed and affordably priced to allow your business to understand new audiences, realize new markets, and activate your community. Box Shops by Related is a new way to shop and socialize in the West Loop as part of Chicago's first moveable market concept. Read more about it in the Chicago Tribune

- ICNC's Illinois SBDC International Trade Center congratulates its members for recognition from the State of Illinois during World Trade Month in May.  Metraflex and Upton's Naturals received Proclamations for their success in exporting from representatives from the state who visited their businesses to present the certificates. Chicago Comb, another client, was named New Exporter of the Year, and Vogel Tool & Die and Automated Design Corporation received awards for Continuous Excellence in Exporting at the State of Illinois 2018 Governor's Export Awards.

The 24th Annual Stay in School Picnic hosted by the Chicago Neighbors United & the 27th Ward Alderman's Office  is taking place at Union Park on Saturday, August 25th. There will be food, games, entertainment, immunizations (Parents must bring records), and more! More information to come. 
Available Make City Space
Enjoy a thriving entrepreneurial community and immediate access to ICNC's advising, export, and advocacy services.
Click here to view the available spaces.    
Upcoming Food Workshops
The Hatchery, a collaboration between ICNC and Accion Chicago to bring education, capital, and support to the Chicagoland food entrepreneur community, has upcoming food workshops.  

Technical assistance to food entrepreneurs made possible by our sponsors Bank of America and the United States Small Business Administration.
For more information, call 312-421-3941 or email .