Dear Kinzie Corridor business owner
     Call 312-421-3941 today to RSVP for these upcoming ICNC events
ICNC events   
ICNC holiday party 
Monday, December 8
Join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres at the annual ICNC holiday party. The Garfield Park Conservatory, at 300 N. Central Park Avenue, transforms into a magical mix of tropical plants and holiday lighting each year. Join ICNC staff, board, and more than 200 local business people to relax and meet neighbors at this party after work.
This event is free, but please RSVP to rosalyn@industrialcouncil.com. Monday, December 8 from 5-7:30 p.m. Free parking is available in the lot south of the Conservatory

Greg ChristianTrash talk: Zero waste and sustainability for the food industry     

Thursday, December 11

Join renowned 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. Christian has come to be known as "Chicago's conscious caterer" by being the first chef in the city to see that through reuse, recycling, and repurposing, nothing in his kitchen is thrown away. He will discuss:

  • Reducing environmental impact by mapping product sourcing
  • Encouraging suppliers to develop and implement sustainable practices
  • Monitoring and reducing energy and water use
  • Creating "green" events
Anyone who operates or sells to a commercial kitchen can learn from Christian's experiences. Thursday, December 11th 8:30-11 a.m. at ICNC, 2010 W. Fulton. To register for this free event call 312-421-3941 or e-mail rosalyn@industrialcouncil.com.
Small manufacturer's energy tune up
Wednesday, January 14
Find out how you can spend less on electric and gas for your small business. Engineers from the University of Illinois at Chicago will host a walk-through of systems at ICNC member Standard Steel and Wire to show attendees how to cut costs on:Andre's
  • Lighting
  • Compressed air
  • Boilers and steam
  • Motors
  • HVAC
  • Energy purchasing

Attendees will learn how to measure the energy their systems use, and will receive easy-to-use software to calculate return on investment for upgrades and find out about financial assistance for energy improvements. Wednesday, January 14 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Standard Steel and Wire, 2450 W. Hubbard St. You must RSVP for this free workshop at 312-421-3941, or to steve@industrialcouncil.com.

Kinzie corridor news 
City council passes dumpster permit fee
Expect higher garbage costs soon. Next year's city budget includes a fee for new permits on dumpsters for businesses and multi-unit residential buildings. Your private waste hauler will be charged an average of $300 per year for each dumpster.  The Chicago Journal covered the legislation.
Buildings commissioner visits ICNC
Department of Buildings commissioner Richard Monocchio came to ICNC November 20 to discuss local companies' experiences with permitting and inspections. DOB has recently implemented changes in how they approve and inspect projects and the Monocchio pledged to work with ICNC and local companies. We have a follow-up meeting scheduled on December 16, so if you have comments or ideas please call Steve at 312-421-3941.
Let ICNC fill your open jobs at no cost
ICNC can find the employees you need. Let us recruit and interview job candidates and we'll send the best ones to you, so you save time and money. Do you need a shipping clerk? Customer service rep? Driver? We have qualified candidates right now. We'll also do a criminal background check and contact references, all at no cost to you. You can place a job order online on ICNC's website, or contact Priscilla at 312-421-3941 or at priscilla@industrialcouncil.com.
Free Word and Excel classes at ICNC
Help your employees get the most out of Microsoft Word and Excel with these popular free classes right here at ICNC's computer training center. Each class is two days of instruction from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and Thursday. Call Rosalyn at ICNC to arrange dates for January and February, 2009.

Other events
Sales skills workshop
December 16

ICNC member The Carroll-Keller Group is offering a discount rate of $275 to ICNC members for their "Consultative Selling Skills for Sales Professionals" workshop. New and experienced sales people can learn how to build long-term customer relationships and differentiate their company from the competition. It's Tuesday, December 16 from 8:30 to 5:00 at the DePaul University O'Hare Campus, 3166 S. River Road, Des Plaines. To register or for more information see www.c-kg.com, call (630) 495-0505, or e-mail dcarroll@c-kg.com.

City of Chicago business workshops
The Department of Business Affairs and Licensing holds weekly workshops on business topics. December sessions include:

12/10 Taking your business online
12/12 How to finance your business
12/19 How to start your business

See the DBA website for details

Space available at ICNC's Fulton Carroll Center
Check ICNC's website if you'd like to rent space with us. We also keep a list of neighborhood properties for sale or lease. Let us know if you have something you'd like included on the list.
Free packing material
ICNC tenant has consistent supply of used bubble wrap, foam peanuts, styrofoam sheets/boxes and other material. Free. Call Garrett at 773-655-0779.
For lease
10,000 square feet for light manufacturing/warehousing at 2222 N. Maplewood. Three inside docks, parking. $5/sf plus utilities and tax stop. Available January 1, 2009. Call 773-435-7600 x 658.
For sale
Merlin Legend (AT&T) multi-line telephone system. Comes with master panels for operators; Very good price. call Tom at 312-829-1919 x 1606.

For more information about any of these events contact ICNC at 312-421-3941 or by e-mail at info@industrialcouncil.com.
ICNC is located on the second floor of the Fulton Carrol Center, 2010 W. Fulton St., Ste. 280, Chicago, IL 60612.