The entrepreneurial atmosphere in the halls of Make City and The Hatchery is always apparent. Here are some of the innovative ways small businesses working out of Make City and The Hatchery are growing and supporting their employees and their communities.
New Make City Move-in
New Product Launch
Prevail Jerky makes jerky for the health-conscious snacker. Each batch is made with 100% grass-finished meat and 100% allergy-friendly ingredients. Learn more about Prevail Jerky on their website.
Metric Coffee, a company housed in Make City, recently launched Ready to Drink Metric Lattes! They're available at their Metric Cafe in 32 oz. bottles in vanilla, chai, mocha, and matcha flavors.
Sputnik Coffee recently expanded their offerings to include cold brew! The cold brew bottles are available with labels in English and in Spanish. Sputnik Coffee is continuing to expand in grocery stores. Read about it in Daily Coffee News.
CurlMix's Wash + Go Kit was featured on Oprah's Favorite Things List for 2020! The kit includes four products and is available in five fragrances. See the feature in Oprah Magazine or visit CurlMix's website.
New Pick-Up Location
Viet Nom Nom
Block Club Chicago Feature
Viet Nom Nom, an active member of The Hatchery Chicago, recently moved part of their operations into The Hatchery! Along with their new move, they have started offering curbside pick-up at The Hatchery. Learn more.
Hatchery Resident Chi-Fresh Kitchen, which is owned and operated by formerly incarcerated individuals, has been awarded a grant that will help them continue to bring healthy meals to the South and West sides. Read more.
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at ICNC
Upcoming Entrepreneurship Education Webinars
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at ICNC recommends joining the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for upcoming webinars! Learn more about the Illinois SBDC at ICNC hereand the IL SBDC International Trade Center here.
Start Your Business in Illinois Featuring 37 Oaks
November 16th at 3:00 PM
This webinar will help attendees understand the basic elements of starting a business in Illinois. Our partner 37 Oaks is on a mission to strengthen and revitalize communities through local commerce by using its platforms to educate and prepare small, women, and minority owned businesses for distribution growth through diverse channels. 37 Oaks will also share details about 37Oaks-University, the Launchpad Program, Chicago’s Business Development Program, and the Master Small Business List to Support Small and Buy Local.
Choosing the Right Organizational Structure for Your Business
November 17th at 10:00 AM
If you’re considering starting a new business and wondering which organizational structure is best, please join us for this VIRTUAL morning session, as our team of presenters from Wintrust Bank walk us through the 5 common types and how to make the best choice for your business. Maybe you’re thinking to change your current structure and considering other options! Please bring your questions for our presenters and we’ll set aside time at the end of the presentation for a brief discussion.
Larry Chester of CFO Simplified Wins Encore Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Congratulations to our friend Larry Chester of CFO Simplified who was recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration Illinois District with the Encore Entrepreneur of the Year award! ICNC was thrilled to join in the celebration to recognize our partner during Small Business Week.
Larry started his business after 60 and has been an active participant with the Illinois SBDC at ICNC as he continues to grow and expand. He is a member of ICNC's Business Advisory Council and is always willing to lend his expertise to anyone who may need assistance. Learn more.
Follow The Illinois SBDC at ICNC's New LinkedIn Page
The Illinois Small Business Development Center and Illinois SBDC International Trade Center have recently launched a LinkedIn page! To keep up with all exciting news and upcoming entrepreneurship education webinars, please follow along!
This year's Hatchery Chicago fundraiser is a multi-sensorial, digital event like no other as we explore the power of food & art. From product innovation to packaging design, and the future of retail, we will hear from food and beverage leaders and local entrepreneurs how brands continue to find new ways to engage with their customers. This experiential online event will celebrate our community's resiliency while raising funds to support The Hatchery's economic development programming.
Sign up before November 30 to get a Future of Flavors kit mailed to your door from our sponsors at Synergy. The Synergy team will lead us through an interactive tasting session that will surprise, delight, and may even introduce you to your new favorite beverage flavor.
Are you ready to hire staff but lack the time to screen resumes? Our workforce development department can assist you! Learn more.
The State of Illinois requires all Illinois employers to provide sexual harassment prevention training by December 31, 2020 and annually thereafter under the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA). Learn more about the IHRA.
The Workforce Development Team at ICNC works every day to provide quality and streamlined services that connect a skilled and qualified workforce with employment, as well as a variety of labor market services to meet the needs of local businesses.To discuss your HR needs, please contact Nancy or Priscilla in our Workforce Development Department!
A Community Member's Future in Food - Workforce Development Success Story:
A community member was referred to a former Hatchery resident internship through Breakthrough Ministries. They recently graduated from the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s program called Chicago’s Community Kitchens. When they interviewed for the Culinary Internship at the company, they had a zest for life and the culinary field; this was something the company was looking for as this was the first time they were bringing non-family into their new store front in Austin. Since this was the company’s first time hiring someone they requested potential interns have a background check done since the intern would be handling cash.
Although the community member has a criminal record for drug possession, they were open and honest about what happened a few years ago. Since that time, they have been on the right path towards recovery. This was a great learning opportunity for all involved to learn from those who have been involved in the criminal justice system and how one opportunity can change a person’s trajectory. The community member has received supportive services paid through our PepsiCo Foundation Grant Program and is currently enrolled to take the Starting a Food Business webinar in November at The Hatchery Chicago as their goal is to own and operate their own food business in the future.
COVID-19 Resources + Funding Opportunities
Our mission to support Chicago's small businesses and the West Side community that we are a part of is and always will be our top priority. We've created a COVID-19 Resources webpage that is updated daily and includes funding opportunities, employment support, food access, small business resources, online training opportunities, how manufacturing businesses can support first responders, and more.
Accion, our partner in The Hatchery, has created an emergency capital webpage with the most up-to-date information on small business grant and loan opportunities.
ICNC's Make City incubator offers a thriving entrepreneurial community and immediate access to ICNC's advising, export, and advocacy services alongside 100 other small, modern urban manufacturing businesses. ICNC supports small businesses and the West Side community through incubation, advocacy, and advising.
The Hatchery is a non-profit food and beverage incubator dedicated to helping local entrepreneurs build and grow successful businesses through cutting-edge kitchen facilities, entrepreneurship curriculum, partnerships with generous corporate sponsors and foundations to create local job opportunities and accelerate local economic growth.
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.