Upcoming Events
Free supervisory/leadership seminar
- November 12 or 13
ICNC member Express Employment Professionals is offering a one-day free session on HR topics such as dealing with problem employees, team building, and managing conflict. The session is offered on two days, so choose either Wednesday, November 12 in Palatine or Thursday, November 13 in Oakbrook Terrace and call Lynn Seermon at 312-948-5555 before November 7 for your free ticket.
ICNC tenant offering free acupuncture at partyRedFlower
- November 18th
Fulton Carroll Center tenant red flower acupuncture studio is hosting its second annual acufest on Tuesday, November 18 from 3-8 p.m. Festivities are free and include acupuncture, live music, food, and prizes. Reservations required at 312-997-9932 or [email protected]. For more information go to www.redfloweracupuncture.com.

ICNC holiday party - December 8
Join us for free food and drinks and have some fun meeting your fellow neighborhood business owners. The holiday party is December 8 from 5-8 p.m. at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Avenue. Free parking is available in the lot just south of the building. Free, but please RSVP to Laura or Rosalyn at 312-421-3941.
Trash Talk: Zero Waster Strategies for the Food Industry
- December 11 
Join reknowned Chicago caterer Greg Christian in a discussion of how he achieved zero waste in his kitchen and strategies for how other food industry professionals can too. Hosted by The Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC).Event will be held Thursday, December 11th,  from 8:30 -11am, at ICNC, 2010 W. Fulton, Chicago. To register for this free event call 312-421-3941 or by e-mail to [email protected]
Energy tune-up for small manufacturers
- watch this space for dates 
ICNC is presenting a series of workshops for small businesses interested in saving money on energy costs. These workshops are practical and the companies who come will learn where they could be wasting money on electricity and gas and how they can start saving.
CB2 headquarters coming to Ashland Avenue
Northbrook-based housewares retailer Crate & Barrel is 240 Ashlandmoving the administrative headquarters and catalogue photography operations of its CB2 division to the Kinzie Corridor. The company will lease most of the old Cook Brother's building at 240 N. Ashland, which recently underwent an extensive renovation. The Chicago Community Development Commission voted on Tuesday, October 14 to contribute $3.4 million in Kinzie TIF funds to the project. Crate & Barrel estimates 40 jobs will move from Northbrook to the new location.
UIC business students available for projects
Local businesses can affordably contract UIC graduate and undergraduate business student teams for projects from marketing and branding to exporting and financial analysis. Cost is from $500 to $1,500 based on company revenues. Applications are due December 3rd. More information here.
Andre's Imaging recognized for 9/11 memorial
Andr�s Imaging and Graphics, a long-time ICNC Andre'smember, was recognized by the Chicago Fire Department's Engine Company 57 for their work framing and mounting a "Flag of Heroes" that memorializes the 343 emergency responders why died in the line of duty in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Chicago Journal backs more SBIF funding for Kinzie businesses

The Chicago Journal published an October 15 editorial backing ICNC's call for more TIF funding for neighborhood small businesses. You can read it here. ICNC has long advocated that the successful SBIF grant program be expanded and that more money be made available for capital improvements to small businesses.

Get money back for training costs
ICNC has money available from the State Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity 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.
Small Business Profile: Aloft Loft
    Have you ever longed to fly through the air Aloftwith the greatest of ease? Well now you can with training from The Aloft Loft. 
     Professional aerialists and curious newbies alike are challenged by The Aloft Lofts  fun-loving, muscle-building approach to the aerial arts. Watch your confidence, muscle tone and flexibility grow, while getting a workout like you couldn't get anywhere else!
       Not quite ready for the trapeze? Aloft also offers pilates classes, Thursdays from noon to 1:30pm. To learn more about classes, rates and times call 773.782.6662 or visit them on the web at www.aloftloft.com.
 Aloft also hosts special events, like this Saturday, November 1st, 8 pm performance of "Homecoming Dance of the Dead", tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door.
Chicago Gear Purchased
Longtime ICNC member Chicago Gear - D.O. James Corporation has been purchased by Addison , Ill Overton Gear Corportation. According to the companies' announcement, the new company will be one of the largest full-service gear and gearbox suppliers in the world. Congratulations to Chicago Gear and Overton on the deal.
Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago
2010 W. Fulton Street, Suite 280
Chicago, Illinois  60612
Phone: 312-421-3941
Fax: 312-421-1871