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Holiday Party
Giving Tuesday
SBDC Workshops
Fall ICNC Mixer
Meet the Experts
Make City Mentions
HR Corner
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October 2018
Save-the-Date: Annual Holiday Party
Thursday, December 6th
Let's celebrate another year of small business growth and job creation at the Annual Holiday Party! Please plan to join us on Thursday, December 6th from 5 PM - 7 PM at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Watch your inbox for more exciting details and the event registration.
Got plans for after Black Friday and Cyber Monday? 
Giving Tuesday is November 27th! You can directly help with the success of small businesses and job creation by making a tax deductible contribution to ICNC's charitable organization. ICNC's charitable organization supports small business owners through no cost business advising, human resources support, accessing City grants, and incubation. More details on ICNC's services for entrepreneurs and how you can help are to come.

Don't want to wait? You can donate here now. 
SBDC Announcements
SBDC International Trade Center
How NAFTA Benefits Small Businesses
October 11th
Canada and Mexico are our largest trading partners. We will help you analyze and streamline the export/import process.
Sagine Zizi, a purse maker from Haiti, recently started her placement with The Apparel Agency . Zizi will be here for a month through WorldChicago with the US State Department Young Leaders of the Americas Professionals Fellows Program .

Small Business Development Center
Small Business, Smart Business: Risk Management Strategies
November 7th
Are you aware of areas of risk that could negatively impact your business? Learn strategies for mitigating risks to your business.
City of Chicago's Small Business Center on the Road Expo  
October 27th 
Networking and business advising will be available, as well as Make City's newest tenant, Raquel of ROQ Innovations who will be speaking. 

The Horton Group Fall ICNC Mixer at Rhine Hall
The leaves are falling, and the colder months are on the horizon. The Horton Group's inaugural Fall ICNC Mixer brings together different businesses for an energizing and engaging evening to exchange information, ideas, and most importantly fun. 

Participants can expect networking with peers who experience the ever-evolving challenges of running businesses in today's economy. Please join us for cocktails at this after-work event. 

Tuesday, November 6th
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Rhine Hall Distillery - 2010 W. Fulton St.
Meet the Experts
The following industry professionals will be available to you and your staff in the Make City Tenant Lounge:

- First Midwest Bank, Ric Porrez, October 12th - 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

- Fifth Third Bank, Karl Riley & Robert Giljen, October 17th - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

- Guy Viti Insurance, Anna Maria Viti-Welch, October 30th - 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Fifth Third Bank, Karl Riley & Robert Giljen, November 14th - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Guy Viti Insurance, Anna Maria Viti-Welch, November 15th - 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Want a one-on-one conversation with one of the experts? 

Do you have questions about any of the above businesses? Please contact Jennifer by email or at (312) 421-3941.
Make City Mentions
- When Vintage Place Settings needed help shipping flatware to a New York Fashion Week event in a rush, neighboring company Source Alliance Network helped and handled everything from packing and pick-up advice to getting the materials to New York on time and at the lowest price possible. 

- Neighboring businesses Metric Coffee and Federal Moto collaborated on a limited edition Federal Motor Coffee blend. You can pick up a bag at Metric's 2021 W. Fulton cafe! 

- Lisa of Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, who is also a journalist, connected with Neil and Audrey of Quari Handcrafted Ice on our Annual Boat Cruise where the idea for an article about Quari's perfectly clear, sphere and cube artisan ice came up. Read the article in the Chicago Tribune. 
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 application for the 2019 EMT Training Program cohort is now open! To learn about the qualifications and apply, click here

Illinois will soon begin implementation of the Secure Choice Savings Program , which establishes a statewide payroll deduction Individual Retirement Account program open to private sector employees. Learn more here.  
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
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.  

Technical assistance to food entrepreneurs made possible by our sponsors Bank of America and the United States Small Business Administration.
For more information, call 312-421-3941 or email .