June 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.
Store Launch
Farmer's Fridge
Product Launch
Metric Coffee
Make City tenant Farmer's Fridge has expanded and can now be found in Chicagoland Jewel Osco and Target stores! Farmer's Fridge's salads, bowls, and snacks can now be purchased through their vending machines, stores, and delivery program available to 17 states. Learn more.
Metric Coffee, whose Metric West Fulton cafe is housed in Make City, recently introduced their first-ever line of Metric branded 12 ounce Cold Brew Coffee cans. The Cold Brew Coffee can be purchased now at their cafe at 2021 W. Fulton, which is open 7 AM - 4 PM everyday.
News Feature
Chef Aram Reed
Market at The Hatchery
Garfield Park Neighborhood Market
Chef Aram Reed, a private chef who operates out of The Hatchery and provides private dining, cooking instruction, and catering services, was recently featured on the WGN News Lunch Break segment! Chef Aram Reed shared how to make Spring Pesto and Pasta. Watch now.
The Garfield Park Neighborhood Market will return this weekend June 12th from 10 AM - 2 PM on the plaza of The Hatchery, 135 N. Kedzie! The Market sells hyper-local produce grown in community gardens in the Garfield Park Garden Network and products made by West Side Entrepreneurs and members of The Hatchery. Learn more.
The Illinois Small Business Development Center International
Trade Center at ICNC
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at ICNC recommends joining the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for upcoming webinars! Learn more about the Illinois SBDC at ICNC here and the IL SBDC International Trade Center here. Follow the Illinois SBDC at ICNC on LinkedIn!
Beginner Accounting & Cash Management Series for Startups | 2 of 3 Part Series
Wednesday, June 9th, 16th at 11 AM

So you are planning to start a business - congratulations! We want to help you maintain adequate records of your business, be able to analyze business profitability, and at the end of the year file the appropriate taxes. The three parts include: Keeping Track of Your Business, How to Figure Out Profit and Manage Cash, What Taxes – for the company, for employees, for what I pay myself?
Revenue Mining – How to Identify Additional Revenue in Your Business
Tuesday, June 22nd at 11 AM

This class helps business owners identify additional revenue from your existing business as well as how to improve cashflow and reduce expenses. Learn step by step how to analyze your business differently and get results.
Workforce Hazard Recognition | 2 Part Series
Thursday, July 15th and Friday, July 23rd at 1 PM

In this two-part series, you will learn how to recognize workplace risks and how to identify and eliminate risky actions and conditions that can turn into safety problems or expensive incidents. Part 1 will cover Hazard Recognition and Part 2 will cover Hazard Elimination.
How Do I Price Products/Services for My Business | 2 Part Series
Friday, July 16th and Thursday, July 22nd at 1 PM

One key aspect of running a successful company is setting your prices. How do you price yourself and your products and services to be both competitive and profitable?
Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching: Marketing and Sales
Tuesday, June 8th at 3 PM
Do you own a small food, beverage, or brewing business? Are you looking for advice on marketing and sales for your business? Allies for Community Business is hosting their signature Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching event. This event will give small business owners the opportunity to connect and to discuss various strategies and best practices relating to marketing and sales.
ICNC's HR Corner
Are you ready to hire staff but lack the time? Our workforce development department can assist you!

The Workforce Development Team at ICNC works every day 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.
​To discuss your HR needs, please contact Nancy or Priscilla in our Workforce Development Department!
Employee Retention Tax Credit
The Employee Retention Credit is a fully refundable tax credit for employers equal to 50 percent of qualified wages (including allocable qualified health plan expenses) that Eligible Employers pay their employees. Learn more.
Chicago Labor Standards
If you work at least 2 hours in any 2 week period for an employer in Chicago, you are covered by the minimum wage and paid sick leave ordinance. Read about the Chicago Labor Standards.
Upcoming Virtual Food Workshops with The Hatchery Chicago
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.

ICNC's 2020 Annual Report
Throughout 2020, a year unlike any other, we were inspired by the resilience and innovation of the small businesses housed in our Make City incubator and at The Hatchery, and by the people in our wider community here on the West Side. Our primary focus turned to supporting small businesses through the pandemic and mitigating the impact of it.

We are pleased to present ICNC’s 2020 Annual Report to share the ways that our organization and the West Side small business community navigated 2020. We wish you a healthy and successful 2021, and look forward to working with and supporting each of you throughout the course of it.

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 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.