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February 2018
Annual Membership Event
Kick off 2018 with ICNC as we celebrate the beginning of our 51 st  year with a look back to the organization's beginnings and set the agenda for the future! The 2018 Annual Membership Event will feature some of the people who built the organization as special guests and speakers. Plan to attend and enjoy high level networking, hear about ICNC's neighborhood planning initiatives and other pertinent advocacy priorities, and how you can get involved to make a difference. 

Event programming begins at 4:30 PM.  For current members and Make City companies, there is a code for FREE registration.  Please contact Hannah Jones for more information.
Thursday, March 29th
Time: 3:30 PM - ?
Location:  2156 W. Fulton
Cost: $10 non-members, FREE for members

Welcome New Make City Companies!
CompanyFirst - CompanyFirst invests in and works with entrepreneurs to help accelerate their brand and company growth. 

Galdones Photography, Matt Tanaka Marketing, and Skalawag Productions - Galdones Photography focuses on shooting all things food and hospitality related. Matt Tanaka Marketing is a marketing and design studio that focuses on the beer industry. Skalawag Productions is a video production company that works to create a wide-range of video project types.

Ode a la Rose - Ode a la Rose is a floral delivery service, mainly creating bouquets with roses, that originated in New York City. 

Welltended - Welltended is a plant delivery service that comes along with specific care instructions and watering reminders.

Make City Mention
Thank God It's Natural makes natural and organic hair and body products that are created in small batches at their continuously growing factory spaces in Make City. Along with creating their fresh products, they also strive to work in ways that protects the planet and gives back to the community.

TGIN can be purchased at CVS, Sally Beauty, Target, and Walgreens stores across the country, as well as various international locations. Their Honey Miracle Hair Mask has recently been covered by Essence
Meet ICNC's New Illinois Small Business Development Center Director!
We would like to introduce our new Illinois Small Business Development Center Director, Merly Thomas! Merly will be in charge of assisting small businesses in all areas and at all stages, as well as coordinating SBDC programming. Stop by the office or send an email to meet Merly!
Export Documentation - Export Overview Workshop
ICNC clients are invited to learn more about export. This workshop will help clients learn how to export - get an overview of the process, identify the service providers, examine the available payment options, and common compliant issues. There is no cost to attend, but registration is encouraged

Friday, March 16th
Time: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: ICNC - 320 N. Damen Ave.
Register here
Community Announcements
- mHub 1 Year Celebration - We would like to congratulate mHub on their first year of operations! On March 9th, they will be holding an all-day event filled with panels, talks, showcases, and celebrations. RSVP to attend here

- Your business can receive money back for hiring full-time Chicago residents! For more information, contact Hannah Jones at
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.  
Starting a Food Business - February 22
Technical assistance to food entrepreneurs made possible by our sponsors Bank of America and the United States Small Business Administration.
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.    
For more information, call 312-421-3941 or email .