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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.

June 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 - 
Entrepreneurship Education
The Illinois Small Business Development Center International Trade Center is hosting FREE entrepreneurial education workshops! Keep up with our calendar of upcoming events here.


Start Your Business in Illinois
Our speaker Lema Khorshid will share 10 legal tips for small business success and walk attendees through selecting the best legal structure for their business.

Thursday, June 20th
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Small Business Legal Clinic
A half day legal clinic provided by legal teams from across Chicagoland that will include group sessions  on topics relevant to small business owners and 1:1 private sessions. 

Tuesday, July 23rd
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Are you interested in exporting to grow your business? 
Take this quick 20 question quiz to evaluate your export readiness. 
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.

The Hop Review is hosting the Ultra Fresh Beer Festival at Make City on June 29th! "The Fresh Beer Beer Fest" includes beer by 20+ breweries that is less than one week fresh. Get your ticket now!


- World Business Chicago and the City of Chicago partnered to launch ChiBizHub - a local professional resource network that will serve Chicago small businesses and start-ups by creating an eco-system that the provides tools to make dreams into thriving businesses. Learn more.
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.

- 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   info@industrialcouncil.com .