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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.

May 2019
Impact Culinary Training Program Has Launched!
ICNC, Chef Rick Bayless, Accion, and The Hatchery Chicago are excited to announce the launch of their Culinary Workforce Development Program for young adults:  Impact Culinary Training. Impact is a free program open to Chicago young adults ages 16-24 and includes an 8-week classroom course, followed by a 4-week paid internship at a Chicagoland restaurant. The program will help prepare young adults for an entry-level job in the food industry. APPLY NOW, there are a limited number of available spots for the first session beginning June 24th! 

To learn more, visit, email Mattie, or attend an information session at The Hatchery every Tuesday at 11 AM or 6 PM. 

If you would like to share the program, we have a flyer including frequently asked questions, a printer-friendly version of the flyer, and a social media graphic shown above. 

Damen Green Line Groundbreaking
Photo provided by the Mayor's Office.
After decades of advocacy work, ICNC was excited to join Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Walter Burnett, and fellow community leaders to break ground on the Damen Green Line Station. The station at Damen and Lake will fill a 1.5 mile gap and will make the liveable-wage jobs in the Kinzie Corridor and the areas surrounding the United Center more accessible. The project is expected to be completed in 2021.  Read more .
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 Small Business Development Center International Trade Center is hosting FREE entrepreneurial education workshops! Keep up with our calendar of upcoming events here.

The SBDC at ICNC is excited to welcome Sokha Chov from Cambodia through World Chicago. Sokha is spending her month in Chicago working with ICNC and Make City company Meliora Cleaning Products .

Yelp Marketing 101 Workshop
This session will walk you through how you can use Yelp for Business Owners to put your best foot forward on Yelp and tell the story of your business in a place that consumers are looking to find you. 

Tuesday, June 4th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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
Community Announcements & Events
- Chicago Brewing District's  Dancing in the Streets is back for its second year! The West Town Chamber of Commerce (WTCC) is working with On Tour Brewing and the Chicago Brewing District to produce this one-of-a-kind craft beer and jam band event. Vendors who are ICNC Members receive a discount. Apply here to be a vendor.

- 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.

- 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. Learn more about the next conversation on May 30th. 

- REPS Fitness & Nutrition Center would like to extend an invitation to friends of ICNC to attend their Plant Powered Results lifestyle event on May 18th. 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 .