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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.

July 2019
Annual Boat Cruise
ICNC 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 Boa t Cruise is where you'll want to be. The cruise experience will include an open bar and refreshments.

If you are a Make City tenant, ICNC member, or Hatchery member, please contact Hannah for a registration code.

Thursday, July 18th
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM  
DuSable Harbor - 
The First Impact Culinary Training Program Session has Begun!
The first cohort of the Impact Culinary Training Program began on June 24th! The program aims to provide the 17 young adult students with 8 weeks of culinary training in the kitchen, followed by 4 weeks of experience working in a restaurant during an internship. Recruitment for the next cohort will begin at the end of Summer. Read about the program from Block Club Chicago, Frontera, and WBEZ. Learn more about the program here
Kinzie Framework Plan Passes Plan Commission
On May 16, the Chicago Plan Commission unanimously passed the Department of Planning & Development's Kinzie Framework Plan. The Plan Commission's approval reaffirms the City's mission to maintain the Kinzie Corridor as an economic engine and vital job center, provide better access for all transportation modes, and enhance the area's unique built environment. An additional community meeting to inform the public of specific allowed uses in the Planned Manufacturing District is to be determined. Please keep a look out for future ICNC notices regarding the meeting date. Contact Hannah with questions.
The IL Small Business Development Center International Trade Center at ICNC
The Illinois Small Business Development Center International Trade Center is hosting FREE entrepreneurial education workshops! Keep up with our calendar of upcoming events here.

The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at ICNC was honored to win the "Export Awareness and Development" Award for achieving excellence in providing export assistance to Illinois businesses at the 2019 Governor's Export Awards!  Learn more about our IL SBDC ITC.

Roundtable Session Part One: Show Up Real: The Power of Authenticity in Your Business
In this workshop, you will learn the importance of purpose, how to go bold with your brand promise, and how to form social connection on social media.

Thursday, July 25th
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Check out these available resources for learning about selling your products internationally through eCommerce.
Community Announcements & Events
Chicago Brewing District's  Dancing in the Streets  is back for its second year! The West Town Chamber of Commerce is working with On Tour Brewing and the Chicago Brewing District to produce this one-of-a-kind craft beer and jam band event on August 3rd and 4th. Vendors who are ICNC Members receive a discount.  Apply here  to be a vendor.

Are you a food, beverage, or craft brewing small business owner? Are you looking for business advice?  Join Accion on July 16th at The Hatchery for a free speed coaching event to get advice from experts about how to grow your business.

Free food and refreshments are provided! Register here
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.

- The City of Chicago's  minimum wage increased to $13 an hour starting on July 1st. The raise is part of the city's planned phase-in process from 2015 to 2019. See more details   here  

- Your business can receive money back for hiring full-time Chicago residents through the TIFWorks 50/50 Program! For more information, contact Hannah.
To discuss your HR needs, please contact Nancy or Priscilla in our Workforce Development Department!
Grow Your Business @ Make City!
Enjoy a thriving entrepreneurial community and immediate access to ICNC's advising, export, and advocacy services at ICNC's Make City incubator alongside 100 other small businesses.
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.  

*Certain workshops are free for members of the West Side communities (Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale, and West Humboldt).
For more information, call ( 312)421-3941 or email   [email protected] .