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The Illinois Small Business Development Center International Trade 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.

January 2020
Entrepreneurship Education at ICNC

Join the Illinois Small Business Development Center International Trade Center at ICNC for upcoming workshops!

Starting Your Business in IL + GATA Pre-Award Preparation Sessions
January 16th
Understand the basic elements of starting a business in Illinois. Session will also touch on elements of entrepreneurship. Additionally, The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act Pre-Award information will help you prepare to quickly act on Notice of Funding Opportunities.

International Payment Terms & Foreign Exchange
January 22nd
For both importers and exporters, a working knowledge of International Payment Terms (INCOTERMS) and foreign exchange rates are essential in avoiding pitfalls of conducting international business. This workshop aims to provide you a basic understanding of the payment methods used in international transactions to reduce risk.

Check out our entire calendar of upcoming educational workshops here!
Impact Culinary Training Program
The third cohort of the Impact Culinary Training Program will begin in Spring 2020! The program aims to provide the young adults with 8 weeks of culinary training in the kitchen, followed by 4 weeks of experience working in a restaurant during an internship. Recruitment for the next cohort will begin soon. Learn more about the program and stay up-to-date with recruitment  here
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.

- "Good jobs involve way more than good pay. The Good Jobs Institute offers employers a way to measure success at creating and sustaining them." Learn about the nine traits that make a "good job" here

- Illinois has enacted several pieces of legislation recently regarding equal pay, harassment, and more. 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.  

Food Science 101 - January 29

*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 .