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ICNC Open House
Boat Cruise Recap
Senator Duckworth
Photo Tips & Tricks
Access to Capital
Foreign Exchange
Make City Pitch Event
New Incubator Co's.
Member Spotlight
Food Workshops
Training Funds
Development Opps.
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August 2017
Find Out What Happens at the ICNC Incubator!
Incubator Open House - September 20th
Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind opportunity to see one of the oldest and largest incubators in the country!  ICNC's 416,000 square foot incubator is home to over 100 small businesses from many industries including food and beverage, apparel, creative services, and more! L earn about their products and services and meet the entrepreneurs as you explore the building at your own pace or take part in a guided tour.

Help us celebrate our 50th anniversary and learn about future plans for the incubator. Join us afterwards at a BBQ for networking and socializing.
Wednesday, September 20th
Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: ICNC - 320 N. Damen Ave.
Register now!

ICNC Boat Cruise a Highlight of Summer!
ICNC set sail on its sold out Annual Boat Cruise aboard the Anita Dee II on July 19th! 250 guests, including incubator companies and community members, enjoyed the beautiful weather, networking, food and drinks, and music. We hope that everyone who was able to attend enjoyed it as much as we did! Take a look at photos from the event  here!
Photos from Bob Benenson/FamilyFarmed.
Small Business Development Workshop with Senator Tammy Duckworth - August 15th
Join the office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth as it hosts panelists from the Small Business Administration (SBA), Small Business Advocacy Center (SBAC), the Minority Business Development Agency, and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. The event will feature a panel discussion led by Senator Tammy Duckworth regarding federal and local resources available to small businesses, a Q&A, and more.

Tuesday, August 15th
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: ICNC - 320 N. Damen Ave.
Photography Tips & Tricks For Social Media Marketing - August 16th
Everyone is always talking about social media, but how do you use it effectively? Jeff Delacruz, co-founder of Products on White Photography, will review some key tips to improving your social presence online with better photography. Attendees will walk away with the ability to create an ad or post using a new photography technique or resource. 

Wednesday, August 16th
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location:  ICNC  - 320 N. Damen Ave.
Access to Capital - August 22nd
Join us to learn about the fundamentals of gaining access to capital for your business. You will hear about different funding options including equipment financing, SBA loan programs, business credit cards, and more. Experts from Chase will talk through business strategies for credit, planning for your credit needs, initial credit considerations, tools for identifying the financial health of your business, and credit application preparation.
Tuesday, August 22nd
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location:  ICNC  - 320 N. Damen Ave.
Please bring your own lunch.

International Payment Methods and Foreign Exchange Transactions - September 13th
Learn about the various types of international payment methods, managing risk in Foreign Exchange transactions, and explore which options make the most sense for your business. This workshop will offer timely and strategic advice on how to maximize your products' international sales potential and profit by strategically leveraging the right financial tools.

Wednesday, September 13th
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: ICNC - 320 N. Damen Ave.

Make City Small Business Pitch Event
In collaboration with Groupon, ICNC celebrates its 50th year by  promoting Chicago small businesses and hosting the Make City Sma ll Business Pitch Event.  The top 5 finalists will pitch their ideas on October 5th in front of a live audience!

Thursday, October 5th
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: ICNC - 320 N. Damen Ave.

Welcome New ICNC Incubator Companies!
Feature Studio - Feature Studio is a community of creative entrepreneurs, photographers, and filmmakers. They connect creators to brands to help them create social content, experiential projects, branded content for channels, and commercial spots, as well as a production studio and creator lab with a gallery and co-working environment.

Taylor Street Soap Co. - Taylor Street Soap is a soap, body, and home product company with natural, made from scratch products ranging from cold process soap, linen spray, lip balm, sugar scrub, whipped soap, and more. Their products can be found on their online shop and at various fine retail stores.
Member Spotlight - Wabash Seafood Co.
John of Wabash Seafood Co. grew up working in seafood with his dad and wanted to get back to that, leading to the creation of their family seafood distribution business in 1989. They offer a wide variety of fresh fish, shellfish, salmon, and much more, while focusing on working with sustainable, eco-friendly companies that work to keep the oceans healthy.
Wabash Seafood Co. imports fresh fish and seafood from all corners of the world each day that are hard to find in the area, as well as taking advantage of the fresh water fish available nearby in the Great Lakes. In the last couple of months, they have opened a retail store on the first floor of their building in West Town where customers can get high quality fresh seafood six days a week.  Learn more about Wabash Seafood Co.  here . 
Upcoming Food Workshops
Technical assistance to food entrepreneurs made possible by our sponsors Bank of America and the United States Small Business Administration.
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
Development Opportunities
Small Business Administration (SBA) Webinars: The U.S. Small Business Administration hosts webinars nearly every day on a wide variety of topics related to small business. See the calendar here .

IRS Webinars: The IRS periodically holds local and national webinars with helpful advice regarding tax season and owning a small business. Take a look at the schedule here.

Business Workshops:  The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers workshops free every Wednesday and Friday. Workshops vary each month and are conducted by city officials, experts, and partner business organizations. View the business workshop calendar  here .
ICNC is on Amazon Smile!
Do you shop on Amazon? Of course you do! Visit, search for "Kinzie Industrial Development Corporation" and choose us as your preferred organization. Shop and have 0.5% of the price of qualified items automatically donated by Amazon to ICNC's charitable organization to support small businesses!
Available Incubator Space
Enjoy a thriving entrepreneurial community and immediate access to ICNC's advising, export, and advocacy services.
Click here to view the available spaces.    
Monthly Alderman's Meeting
Every month ICNC hosts a breakfast with 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. to discuss issues with crime, infrastructure, zoning, and other topics. For more information, please contact Hannah Jones at
Member Announcements
ICNC Newsletter and Website -  ICNC members who have an announcement, special promotion, or media attention can have it included in our monthly newsletter. Send all relevant information and links to Michelle Collett at
For more information, call 312-421-3941 or email .