Dear Kinzie Corridor business owner
     Call 312-421-3941 today to RSVP for these upcoming ICNC events
ICNC events   
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 [email protected].

Marketing in a tough economy
January 29
Learn the value of branding in any economy, with an emphasis on doing it on a budget. Attendees will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of various media and how to create a marketing strategy that is trackable and affordable. Free, but please RSVP to [email protected]. Thanks to the seminar host, WCPT radio.
Annual ICNC membership luncheon
February 25
Join your fellow business owners at the ICNC annual membership luncheon to discuss ICNC issues for 2009. This year's event is being hosted by Show Department, a state-of-the-art 32,000 square-foot sound and video production facility right here in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor. The guest speaker is Christine Raguso, acting commissioner of the newly-formed Department of Community Development (formerly the Department of Planning and Development) for the City of Chicago. Tickets are $45. RSVP to Rosalyn at [email protected] or 312-421-3941.
Kinzie corridor news 
Join ICNC in 2009
If you're not already a member of ICNC, we want you! It's only throught the strength of our membership that we're able to advocate for City services, get incentive money for local companies, and provide business assistance like employee recruitment and computer classes. Memership is an affordable $75-$300 for the year, and in addition to all our services, it gets your business listed in our 2009 business directory and on our website. Join or renew now or call Steve at 312-421-3941 to discuss membership.
Damen Green Line Stop recommended
Reconnecting Neighborhoods, a planning project led and financed in part by the City's Department of Planning and Development and the Regional Transportation Authority, has recommended building a new elevated Green Line station at Damen and Lake Streets. ICNC co-chaired the neighborhood task force that participated in the planning and recommendations. The recommendation will be submitted to the Chicago Plan Commission early this year, a key step that must be taken before funding can be sought. Read about all the plan's recommendations here.
holiday partyPhotos from ICNC holiday party 
Thanks to ICNC member REP3, you can see professional photos from last month's ICNC holiday party at Garfield Park Conservatory. Visit the online slide show to see the photos. Special thanks to Goose Island Beer Company for the drinks, and to Amazing Edibles Gourmet Catering, Centered Chef, Gonnella, and Take the Cake for the great food.
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 [email protected].
Free Word and Excel classes at ICNCcomputer training
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.
New property manager at ICNC
Marybeth Fallico has joined the ICNC staff as office and property manager. She came to ICNC with a strong knowledge of commercial leasing and overseeing tenant build outs. "The tenants are all so unique," Marybeth says, "and so is the space. I cannot wait to get to know everyone and help grow their businesses." Stop by the office to introduce yourself or contact her at [email protected].
New year's resolution fitness help available at Fulton Carroll Center
ICNC tenant Aloft is offering $12 Pilates Mat classes every Thursday from 12-1:30 p.m. It's only $10 for FCC tenants. Call 773-782-6662 for information, or go to www.aloftloft.com to see the full range of classes, from hula hoop to trapeze.
Welcome new ICNC tenant
ICNC welcomes Citywide Circular & Sample Distributors to its Fulton Carroll Center, the award-winning small business incubator at Fulton and Damen. Look at the ICNC Website to find affordable commercial and industrial space.

Other events
City of Chicago business workshops
The Department of Business Affairs and Licensing holds free weekly workshops on business topics. January sessions include:

1/9     Five easy steps to marketing your business
1/14   How to start your business plan
1/16   Attorneys, accountants & bankers; when & why you need them
1/21   How to obtain and renew your sidewalk cafe permit
1/23   E-mail marketing
1/28   How to get certified
         Doing business with the City of Chicago
1/30   Good access makes good business sense

See the DBA Website for details
UIC tax forum
Thursday, January 29
The University of Illinois at Chicago's Small Business Development Center is organizing a tax forum for business owners, CEOs, CFOs, and others who need to learn what changes for the 2009 tax year mean for businesses. Thursday, January 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at UIC Forum, 725 W. Tickets are $100. Call Robyn Traub at 312-413-2752 for information or click here for information or to register.

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. $4-5/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 [email protected].
ICNC is located on the second floor of the Fulton Carrol Center, 2010 W. Fulton St., Ste. 280, Chicago, IL 60612.