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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.

March 2019
Annual Members' Event with Special Guest Chef Rick Bayless at The Hatchery!
Opening a new facility, The Hatchery, with our joint venture partner Accion Chicago and retaining the PMD are two major successes of ICNC's past year. Join us at The Hatchery for our Annual Members' Event with  special guest Chef Rick Bayless, Founder of Frontera ! Enjoy high level networking, hear about ICNC's neighborhood planning initiatives and advocacy priorities, and how you can get involved with making a difference .

For current Make City tenants and ICNC members, there is a code for FREE registration.  Please contact Hannah  for more information.

Thursday, March 14th
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: 135 N. Kedzie Ave.
Register here! 

Entrepreneurship Education
The Illinois SBDC and International Trade Center are hosting FREE entrepreneurial education workshops! Keep up with our calendar of upcoming events here.

Export Documentation - Export Overview
Get an overview of the export process, identify the necessary service providers, examine available payment options, and compliance issues.

Wednesday, March 20th
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Register here
Financial Management for Woman Owned Businesses
Come and engage with lenders and women leaders who will be on-site to share challenges you might be facing as a female founder.

Thursday, March 21st
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


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
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

The U.S. Department of Commerce is hosting an Essential Due Diligence & Blitz Scam Screening Webinar on March 21st and a Roadshow on April 30th. 
Make City Mentions
- CurlMix, a company making products for women with curly hair, recently appeared on ABC's Shark Tank! Read more and watch part of their pitch.  

- Catan Pisco will be hosting their first mix-off with all proceeds benefiting The Holiday Heroes on March 31st! Learn more and purchase a ticket 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 March 28th at Make City, with Diana Nucera and will focus on how communities create their own networks.  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.

- ICNC and MedEx, our partner for the EMT Training Program, were featured on NBC 5 Chicago while attending the Chicago Auto Show to unveil a pink ambulance that is designed for female EMT's to be able to easier help patients. Learn more

- CPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) 2019 Summer Internship Program CPS hires, pays, and places interns at your business. The experience helps students develop job readiness and professional skills. If you are interested in participating, fill out the registration by Thursday, March 21st. 

- 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 the above amendment, and more, please contact Nancy or Priscilla in our Workforce Development Department!
Community Announcements & Events
Kinzie SBIF Rollout Meeting
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 will open on March 26th Contact Hannah with questions.

Tuesday, March 26th
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Business Sustainability Panel & Forum
This lunch and learn will kick off with an expert panel presentation focused on free resources to help you start and/or grow your business's sustainability initiatives. 

Wednesday, March 27th
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

- Near West Side Mail IssuesLately, we have received numerous reports regarding improper mail delivery in the 60612 area. ICNC is currently working with local officials to try to solve this issue. If your business has been affected, please contact Hannah.
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.  

*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] .