Upcoming Events
2016 Olympics reception and fundraiser - July 14
Chicago 2016 Chair Patrick Ryan invited ICNC membersOlympic-logo  to support the city's Olympics bid when he spoke at our luncheon last month. Interested companies can find out about the reception and fundraiser, in Millennium Park beginning at 5 p.m., at www.chicago2016.org.

Learn How to Profit from your Waste - July 24
Several ICNC members are already saving money on disposing of waste or obtaining raw materials through participating in an innovative by-product-for-raw-materials exchange program sponsored by the City of Chicago and the Chicago Manufacturing Center. Free, 7/24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chicago Center for Green Tech: 445 N Sacramento. RSVP to [email protected] or 312-542-0496.

Symposium on Sustainabilily and Product Development - August 7-8
Small- and mid-sized manufacturers can attend this event at the Illinois Institute of Technology to learn about operations aspects of sustainable manufacturing from some of the nation's top business leaders engineering experts. Selected participants will also be able to meet with Argonne Lab and IIT experts for personal consultations. $250. Event details here.
Understanding China, Overcoming Fears and Realizing Opportunities -August 14th
Learn the basics of how to do business in China from the Chinese themselves (government representatives currently studying at IIT for one year) and local businesses with experience working in China. Cosponsered by Greater Northwest Chicago Development Corporation. Thursday, August 14th, 8:30 am -11:30 am at ICNC. Please RSVP to 312-421-3941  
Kinzie Women-owned Business Networking Event  - August 25
Kinzie Corridor women business owners will meet and share cocktails as well as stories of success and challenge in the world of business. Learn what resources are available to women owned businesses and enjoy connecting to our growing entrepreneurial community.  Monday, August 25th, 4-6 p.m. Hosted by ICNC Board member Barbara Rose at Case Handyman Services, 1647 W. Fulton St. This event is FREE, but please RSVP to 312-421-3941. 
Unemployment insurance and protests seminar with IDES - August 26
Learn from Illinois Department of Employment Security staff what's new and important about unemployment insurance and how to file protests if you think a claim is unwarranted. Free at ICNC Tuesday, August 26th from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Please RSVP to 312-421-3941.

27th Ward Annual "Stay in school picnic"
- August 30
Darlena Williams-Burnett and Alderman Walter Burnett announce Chicago Neighbors United's annual "Stay in School Picnic" to be held Saturday, August 30 from 10 am to 6 pm. in Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph. Local businesses are encouraged to contribute - call 312-432-1995 for more information.
3rd annual ICNC cruise on Lake Michigan - shipSeptember 18
Join us for the third annual cruise of the lakefront on   the ship Celebration. This is one of the best events of the year, and everyone has a good time. Food, drinks, and good company, but only 100 spaces available, so RSVP to ICNC right away! Thursday September 18th, 3:45-6pm . $50 
We want your job(s)!
Got any job openings? At ICNC we do the hiring for FREE! We offer:
  • FREE ad placement in Craigslist, the Chicago Reader and other local media.
  • pre-interviews to make sure the applicant fits your needs.
  • skill testing
  • pre-employment background checks.

All at no charge! No kidding! So c'mon, GIVE US YOUR JOBS! Call 312-421-3941 to place your order or for more information.

State minimum wage increases to $7.75

Remember that Illinois' minimum wage increased to $7.75 per hour on July 1, 2008. It is scheduled to increase to $8.00 on 7/1/09 and to $8.25 on 7/1/10.

New facade grants for non-TIF district companies- apply  June 16 until July 31
The Department of Planning and Development is moneyoffering matching grants of up to $10,000 for building improvements. Companies in the tax increment financing district cannot apply because they are eligible for other funds (call ICNC to determine if you're eligible and for assistance applying). Applications are on the City Website
ComEd rebates now available and easy to apply for - don't miss yours

ComEd's is issuing rebates to business customers. You can get money for energy efficiency improvements as simple as changing incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescents. Once this year's money is gone, there's none left until next summer, so apply now. Download rebate applications directly here. State Treasurer's office has new below-market rate loans for green projects. Information here.

Guest Column - Aldo Jordan 

Aldo is the plant manager at longtime ICNC member Universal Scrap Metals. He's got a long history of implementing manufacturing efficiency improvements there and at previous jobs, and in this month's article he breaks down the basics of Lean Manufacturing. You may be surprised at some of the ways you are losing money through waste and how easy it can be to generate savings and work smarter.

City land for sale in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor
The Department of Planning and Development is accepting proposals for 98,000 square feet of land (subdivisible) on the south east corner of Lake and Campbell Streets (2500 W Lake). Asking price is around $15 per square foot. It's in the PMD, and bids are being accepted until August 22. See information about this and other City land for sale here.
For lease
8,000 square feet on first floor near Fulton/Leavitt. 12-foot ceilings for office/loft/commercial or distribution. $8.50/square foot. Call Steve at ICNC for information.
Get money back for training costs 
ICNC has money available to reimburse companies for up to 50% of what they spend on employee training. Read about the program here and call ICNC to get started. The paperwork is easy and most trainings (besides sales training) qualify.
Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago
2010 W. Fulton Street, Suite 280
Chicago, Illinois  60612
Phone: 312-421-3941
Fax: 312-421-1871