May 2021
ICNC's 2020 Annual Report
Throughout 2020, a year unlike any other, we were inspired by the resilience and innovation of the small businesses housed in our Make City incubator and at The Hatchery, and by the people in our wider community here on the West Side. Our primary focus turned to supporting small businesses through the pandemic and mitigating the impact of it.

We are pleased to present ICNC’s 2020 Annual Report to share the ways that our organization and the West Side small business community navigated 2020. We wish you a healthy and successful 2021, and look forward to working with and supporting each of you throughout the course of it.

Make City Mentions + Hatchery Headlines
New Launch + News Features
The entrepreneurial atmosphere in the halls of Make City and The Hatchery is always apparent. Here are some of the innovative ways small businesses working out of Make City and The Hatchery are growing and supporting their employees and their communities.
Store Launch
Prevail Jerky
Product Launch
Modern Sprout
PREVAIL Jerky, a Make City tenant, is now available in all 44 Mariano's Market stores in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs! The 100% grass-fed beef jerky made with unique ingredients is for health conscious snackers. Shop in-store at Mariano's or online here.
Make City tenant Modern Sprout has launched Live Plants bundles! The Live Plants bundles are easy maintenance, designed to grow well together and are the perfect one-stop-shopping experience for all your plant needs. Learn more and shop online.
Store Launch
Hatchery Residents + Members
Restaurant Opening
Two Sisters Catering
Many Hatchery residents and Bloom Members have products for sale at Pop Up Grocer! You can purchase products from Ayo Foods, Tomato Bliss, This Little Goat, Lee's Grain Free, and more at the store through May 30th. Learn more and stop by to support and shop local food and beverage businesses.
Hatchery Bloom Member Two Sisters Catering recently opened a new restaurant in Austin! The Black woman owned restaurant at the corner of Chicago and Cicero offers savory dishes and sweet treats for pick-up, walk-in counter ordering, and limited delivery. Learn more and place an order online.
The Illinois Small Business Development Center International
Trade Center at ICNC
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at ICNC recommends joining the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for upcoming webinars! Learn more about the Illinois SBDC at ICNC here and the IL SBDC International Trade Center here. Follow the Illinois SBDC at ICNC on LinkedIn!
How to safely bring workforce back to the office after working from home during
Friday, May 14th at 11 AM

For the past year, you have adopted a work from home model to keep your employees safe. With vaccinations being distributed, it will soon be safe to bring your employees back to the office. But how can you accomplish this in a way that helps your employees feel safe? We will show you how. 
Beginner Accounting & Cash Management Series for Startups | 3 PART SERIES
Wednesday, June 2nd, 9th, 16th at 11 AM

So you are planning to start a business - congratulations! We want to help you maintain adequate records of your business, be able to analyze business profitability, and at the end of the year file the appropriate taxes. The three parts include: Keeping Track of Your Business, How to Figure Out Profit and Manage Cash, What Taxes – for the company, for employees, for what I pay myself?
How to Create an Emergency Response Plan
Thursday, June 3rd at 1 PM

Do your employees know what to do in an emergency? You can plan by developing a plan that establishes roles and responsibilities for emergency situations.
Revenue Mining – How to Identify Additional Revenue in Your Business
Tuesday, June 22nd at 11 AM

This class helps business owners identify additional revenue from your existing business as well as how to improve cashflow and reduce expenses. Learn step by step how to analyze your business differently and get results.
Upcoming Events
Employee Retention Credit Overview
Thursday, June 3rd at 2 PM
The Employee Retention Credit is a fully refundable tax credit for employers equal to 50 percent of qualified wages (including allocable qualified health plan expenses) that Eligible Employers pay their employees. This Employee Retention Credit applies to qualified wages paid after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. Jeff Newcorn of R. Jeffrey & Associates will walk business owners through eligibility requirements and how to apply.
Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching: Marketing and Sales
Tuesday, June 8th at 3 PM
Do you own a small food, beverage, or brewing business? Are you looking for advice on marketing and sales for your business? Allies for Community Business is hosting their signature Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching event. This event will give small business owners the opportunity to connect and to discuss various strategies and best practices relating to marketing and sales.
ICNC's HR Corner
Are you ready to hire staff but lack the time? Our workforce development department can assist you!

The Workforce Development Team at ICNC works every day to provide quality and streamlined services that connect a skilled and qualified workforce with employment, as well as a variety of labor market services to meet the needs of local businesses.

​To discuss your HR needs, please contact Nancy or Priscilla in our Workforce Development Department!
Upcoming Virtual Food Workshops with The Hatchery Chicago
The Hatchery, a collaboration between ICNC and Allies for Community Business to bring education, capital, and support to the Chicagoland food entrepreneur community, has upcoming food workshops.

Grow Your Business @ Make City + The Hatchery
Make City - 320 N. Damen Ave.
The Hatchery - 135 N. Kedzie Ave.
ICNC's Make City incubator offers a thriving entrepreneurial community and immediate access to ICNC's advising, export, and advocacy services alongside 100 other small, modern urban manufacturing businesses. ICNC supports small businesses and the West Side community through incubation, advocacy, and advising.
The Hatchery is a non-profit food and beverage incubator dedicated to helping local entrepreneurs build and grow successful businesses through cutting-edge kitchen facilities, entrepreneurship curriculum, partnerships with generous corporate sponsors and foundations to create local job opportunities and accelerate local economic growth.
The Illinois Small Business Development Center International Trade Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, and the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC). Reasonable accomodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please contact the center at (312)433-2373.