November 2021
Make City Mentions + Hatchery Headlines
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.
Oprah's Favorite Things List
ROQ Innovation
Thanksgiving Bake Sale
Justice of the Pies
Make City tenant Roq Innovation's Headlightz were named one of Oprah's Favorite Things on the 2021 list! The tie-dye beanie has a built-in rechargeable LED light. Shop the collection online.
Justice of the Pies, a Hatchery resident, is hosting a 3-Day Bake Sale at Muse Coffee Studio! The menu includes a variety of sweet pies and quiches. Learn more.
Holiday Products
News Coverage
Metric Coffee + Mojo Coffee
Hatchery Member BāKIT Box makes beginner-friendly baking kits that are delivered to your door, which includes holiday flavors Gingersnap Snatcher Cookies and Maple Pumpkin Pie. View their online shop.
Metric Coffee Co. and Mojo Coffee, both tenants of Make City, were named to Eater Chicago's list of 20 Essential Coffee Shops! Visit Chicago-based Metric's cafe at 2021 W. Fulton Ave. and New Zealand import Mojo at cafes across Chicago.
What your body digests, your mind projects. Gut microbiomes work together to relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress, which have hit an all-time high since the start of the pandemic. Hear from keynote speaker Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle of Ixcela, the Internal Fitness Company, local entrepreneurs, and gut experts on how brands can continue to innovate and disrupt the better-for-you category, using food as medicine.
Entrepreneurship Education:
Illinois SBDC at ICNC + The Hatchery Workshops
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at ICNC provides no-cost business advising. Learn more about the Illinois SBDC at ICNC here.
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.
All events and webinars presented by the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at ICNC are marked by an asterisk (*).
ICNC's HR Corner
No-Cost ServSafe Food Handler + Manager Classes

Through partnership with the PepsiCo Foundation, ICNC can provide no-cost ServSafe Food Handler and Manager Classes. The ServSafe Food Handler courses can be completed online with ICNC covering the $12 cost. Spots are still available for a ServSafe Manager Class being hosted on December 8th at the Illinois Restaurant Association with the $200 cost covered. Those who are interested in participating can email Alicia to learn more.
Are you ready to hire staff but lack the time? Our workforce development department can assist you!

The Workforce Development Team at ICNC works 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.
ICNC's Workforce Development Team works to find local jobs for local people. Take a look at the opportunities on ICNC's job board.

ICNC is currently looking to fill paid internship opportunities at multiple Hatchery-based businesses. West Side businesses are hiring for various jobs in food and beverage and other industries.
​To discuss your HR needs, please contact Nancy or Priscilla in our Workforce Development Department!
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 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 accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please contact the center at (312)433-2373.