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The Illinois Small Business Development 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.

April 2019

Join us for a free all-day marketing bootcamp with Groupon experts! The day will consist of breakfast and lunch, hands-on training during three marketing workshops, one-on-one consultations with marketing experts, and will end with a happy hour and time to network! 

- Social Media Optimization for Small Businesses
- Digital Marketing vs. Traditional Marketing: Trends & Tactics
- Sell Your Why & They'll Buy Your Whats: Branding Techniques  

Tuesday, April 30th
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: ICNC - 320 N. Damen Ave.
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.

Take advantage of early bird ticket prices until May 21st!  If you are an ICNC tenant or member, please contact Hannah for a registration code.

Thursday, July 18th
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM  
DuSable Harbor - 
Entrepreneurship Education
The Illinois SBDC and International Trade Center are hosting FREE entrepreneurial education workshops! Keep up with our calendar of upcoming events here.

Illinois Small Business Development Center Workshops
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program Intro to Make City
Learn more about the GS 10K program benefits, curriculum, and eligibility requirements from a panel of professionals and program graduates. 

Wednesday, April 10th
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Google Digital Marketing
This free interactive workshop, taught by a Google Digital Coach for Chicago, is for small business owners with a working website who want to learn how to effectively monetize their ideas and products.

Thursday, May 9th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration coming soon!

IL SBDC International Trade Center Workshops
Export While Protecting Your Company's Intellectual Property
Find out how international law pertains to trademarks, copyrights, and patents, when to put an IP strategy in place, and how and when to start protecting your company's brand.  

Tuesday, April 16th
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Details of Exporting: International Commercial Terms and Export Product Classification
For exporters, a working knowledge of INCOTERMS is essential in avoiding pitfalls of conducting international business. 

Wednesday, May 8th
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Community Announcements & Events
The Kinzie Industrial SBIF District is open again! SBIF is a chance to receive reimbursements for permanent building improvements made within the Kinzie Corridor SBIF District. The 30-day application window is open until April 25th. Contact Hannah with questions. Learn more and apply here.

- Netizen, a nonprofit organization created by Make City companies studiothread and Branger_Briz, is hosting a series of conversations entitled D.R.E.A.M. (Data Rules Everything Around Me) about the systems and data that rule our world. The next conversation is April 25th at Make City, with Margaret Mitchell and will explain ways to use artificial intelligence to work towards positive goals. 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!
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
*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] .