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L&L: Employment Law
Export Workshop
Food Workshops
Member Spotlight
New Incubator Co's.
Development Opps.
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Safety Concerns
ICNC Space Available
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March 2017
Mayor Emanuel Speaks at ICNC's Annual Membership Event! 

ICNC held its Annual Membership Event where special guest Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about support of The Hatchery and local manufacturing, as well as the successful partnership between ICNC and the City of Chicago. Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. also spoke and expressed his continued support for ICNC. We celebrated recent achievements, like the new Green Line Damen station, and approved our new Board. We look forward to what our 50th year will bring in 2017. Take a look at photos from the event here


Watch Mayor Rahm Emanuel's congratulatory message on ICNC's 50th year and their impact on small businesses and the City of Chicago here!

Thank you to our sponsors and in-kind donors: Amazing Edibles, Cake Chicago, Candid Wines, Chicago Teachers Union, Crockett Cookies, Exquisite Designs, Farmer's Fridge, Goose Island Beer Company, Oggi Trattoria, and Wishbone!

Lunch & Learn: Employment Law
Learn about 2017 human resource regulatory changes and requirements commonly experienced by employers, such as paying overtime, ban-the-box, discrimination, and exemption status. Attorney John C. Lillig from Hoogendoorn & Talbot LLP will present on employment law issues such as overtime, I9 audits, filing systems, and more.
Thursday, March 16th
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: ICNC - 320 N. Damen Ave.
Register hereBring your brown bag lunch.
Export Compliance Workshop
Through the onsite or online seminar, the IL SBDC at the College of Lake County in partnership with ICNC, is hosting a 201 Export Workshop. Attendees will learn how to make sure their companies are in full compliance with the U.S. import/export regulations, save on duties and taxes, ensure proper pricing, and much more.

Thursday, April 20th
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Online or  University Center of Lake
County1200 University Center Drive
Register here! Space is limited.
Upcoming Food Workshops
Technical assistance to food entrepreneurs made possible by our sponsors Bank of America and the United States Small Business Administration.
Member Spotlight - Vero Design + Build
Vero Design + Build is a full-service general contracting, millwork, and design company. The two owners Jacob Shapiro and Josh Veselsky worked on projects together for a long time before deciding to make their business official in 2014.

Some of their most notable work was done on Charlatan, a cocktail bar and Italian restaurant in West Town, and Pork Shoppe, a classic American BBQ restaurant in Andersonville. They are currently working on The Publishing House, a highly anticipated bed and breakfast in West Loop. 
Learn more about Vero here.
Welcome New ICNC Incubator Companies!
BareItAll Petfoods - BareItAll is an environmentally-friendly pet food company that finds a use for the invasive, but nutritious Asian Carp along with other limited ingredients from whole food sources. They plan to introduce three new products in 2017 and continue to expand.

Surface Plus Construction Inc. - Surface Plus is a commercial carpentry sub-contractor who specializes in doors, hardware, acoustical ceilings, and more. They focus on quality and efficient time frames, which sets them apart from the larger companies. For more information, please contact Samuel at
Development Opportunities
CPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) Summer Internship: Your business can partner with the CPS to provide CTE Rising Seniors in High School an opportunity to gain experience during the summer. In partnership with One Summer Chicago, all students will be paid directly by the CPS. Businesses from many industries from apparel, food and beverage, manufacturing, communications, and more are welcome to apply todayThe deadline is Friday, March 31st.

Inner City Capital Connections: ICCC is a national program that helps small businesses in economically-distressed areas grow. The 40-hour curriculum combines executive education, coaching/mentorship, and access to potential capital sources. Most companies headquartered in the ICNC incubator and surrounding areas will qualify from a location standpoint. Other candidate guidelines include annual revenues of $500,000+ and being in business over 2 years. For more information, contact Emily Lo at The deadline is June 2nd.  
Emerging Leaders: Take your small business to the next level and access free training, mentoring, and networking opportunities through SBA's Emerging Leaders program, a "mini-MBA" training initiative for local businesses on the brink of growth. Watch this video to learn more and apply today

Business Workshops:  The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers workshops every Wednesday and Friday. Workshops vary each month and are conducted by city officials, experts, and partner business organizations. All workshops are free and open to the public. To view the business workshop calendar, click  here .
Receive Money Back For Hiring
Receive money back for hiring full-time Chicago residents! ICNC has received funds through TIFWorks 50/50, an employee training reimbursement program issued by the City of Chicago. Applications are currently being accepted. Applicants must be located within the Kinzie Industrial TIF District boundaries. All training must be pre-approved by the City. For more information, contact Hannah Jones at
Safety Concerns?
Do you have any safety concerns about the area? Are you interested in improving safety near your business? Attend your local police beat meeting, which are held every other month! Please contact Hannah Jones at to find out how to get involved.
Available 25,000 Square Feet ICNC Incubator Space
From the high ceilings and natural light to the large open space with street access, the possibilities are endless! ICNC has a 25,000 square foot space available that would ideally be filled by a long-term anchor tenant like a brewery or distillery with a tasting room, or office and production space.  
Click here to view other smaller available spaces.    
Monthly Alderman's Meeting
Every month ICNC hosts a breakfast with 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. These meetings are an opportunity for area companies to discuss issues they have with crime, infrastructure, zoning, and other topics. For more information on ICNC's monthly Alderman's meeting, please contact Hannah Jones at
Member Announcements
ICNC Newsletter and Website -  ICNC members who have an announcement such as a new product launch or a special promotion can have it included in our monthly newsletter. Members with media attention can have the article link included on ICNC's ' In The News ' section of the website. Send all relevant information and links to Michelle Collett at  by the last day of the month.
For more information, call 312-421-3941 or email .