ICNC open house, events, and news

ICNC is in its new office at 320 N. Damen Avenue!
Joyce Shanahan Executive Director
The move was hectic but we're settling in and looking forward to seeing all of you at our open house on Wednesday, October 20 between 3:30 and 6:30 pm. The dedication is at 5 pm but you can stop by any time. You can see the details and let us know you're coming here.
We've got some interesting and informative seminars scheduled this month, so be sure to see the listings and come by.
On the schedule are:
ICNC's seminars are a great place to learn new business tools and meet other companies. If you've got a topic you or your employees are interested in let us know and we'll set something up for a future seminar. See you soon!
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ICNC Openhouse & Ribbon Cutting 
Wednesday, October 20
3:30-6:30 pm
icnc new spaceGrab your calender and put a big red circle around  October 20th. That's the date when we officially cut the ribbon on our cool new Damen Ave. space...it's your space too , so come check it out! We'll have music, drinks , food, raffle prizes plus a tour of our swanky new offices and quite possibly a guest VIP or two! The date again is Wednesday, October 20th, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. Official ribbon cutting and dedication is scheduled for 5 pm sharp! To RSVP, click here or contact ICNC. 
Search Engine Optimization
Wednesday, October 27th
How much are top rankings worth to your business? Google rankings can make or break a business. If done properly, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) can bring the highest return on your investment in the long run. Learn how to maximize your web presence at this seminar. Free at ICNC. RSVP here.
Internet Marketing: Drive Business with Pay-Per-Click Advertising
Wednesday, November 17th
PPC (Pay-Per-Click) is an online marketing platform where an advertiser pays for each click their ad receives. These ads only appear when the keywords the advertiser chooses are queried. Learn how to take advantage of this very targeted marketing technique. Free at ICNC; RSVP here.
Introduction to Exporting
Tuesday, December 7
9 am to 12 pm
Selling your company's products or services abroad can be a great way to become more profitable, even out sales variability, extend product lifecycles, and stay ahead of the competition. The International Trade Center at ICNC has pulled together some ofcargo ship the best resources to help you research, select, and enter foreign markets.
This seminar will teach you what questions to ask when you're selecting countries to target and how to evaluate potential partners for distribution or joint ventures. You'll also learn about financing, insuring, and collecting on foreign sales. Bring your questions for the experts, and let ICNC help you get started selling around the world. The seminar is free; please RSVP here.
Kinzie Corridor News
$2,500 Tax Credit for New Hires
Illinois has instituted a new tax credit of $2,500 for new full-time employees hired during the 12-month period beginning July 1, 2010. The credit is available for companies employing 50 or fewer total employees and can be carried forward.
Tax breaks and incentives
Make sure your company is getting what it deserves for the investments it makes. Here are two incentives you should remember: 
Energy efficiency: The Chicagoland Natural Gas Savings Program can refund People's Gas customers some of the money they spend for improvements such as furnaces, boilers, and insulation. This program can subsidize improvements at your business or in your home. Details here. 
HIRE Act: This is a social security tax exemption, so you don't pay the 6.2% for qualifying new hires for the rest of the year. IRS info here.                                                                                       
City offers amnesty program for sign permits
Until October 15, businesses that have signs but no permits can get all the first year's permits free and pay no fines. If you don't want to worry about violations you can get your paperwork straightened out and be ready for next year. Call 312-744-6249 for details.
ICNC offers small business loan
ICNC has re-invigorated its Small Business Revolving Loan Fund. Businesses located in the Kinzie Corridor can apply for amounts up to $12,500. The range of interest rates is Prime -1.00% to Prime + 5% with a maximum term of 36 months. For more information please contact Denise or any other ICNC staff person.
ICNC can find qualified employees for your job openings 
ICNC's business employment services can make your hiring easier. Tell us about your job openings and we can advertise and screen resumes. Then, we'll even interview candidates and do reference and background checks on the ones you're interested in. You just make the final decision. Best of all, it's at no cost to you. Call Priscilla today to get started.

Free computer classes at ICNC
Thanks to ICNC's Digital Divide grant, the following classes are available at no charge! But space is limited, so sign up today!
Computer classPlease check the ICNC website at the end of October for November's schedule of FREE computer classes. You can register on the ICNC website or contact Mary 
Wanted: ICNC Members
Thank you to the hundreds of 2009 ICNC members, old and new. Your support helps us improve the business environment of the Kinzie Corridor and to bring more of your tax dollars back to the neighborhood. Join or renew now for 2010 or call Steve at 312-421-3941 to discuss membership. Current members please make sure your company's information is listed correctly on our online membership directory. E-mail Steve with any corrections.
Get money back for training expenses
Two programs can help ICNC area companies get from 50-100% reimbursement for employee training costs. The City of Chicago's TIFWorks program is available for companies in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor Tax Increment Financing District, and the State of Illinois' Employee Training Investment Program is for companies throughout the state. Call ICNC for assistance with these and other programs. We'll help make sure more of your tax dollars come back to the neighborhood. 
Other Events and Classifieds
POW! Presents: Self-Defense for Parents!POW Kickboxing  
Take part in a 4 week Krav Maga class that focuses on self-defense while with your child/children. Adults only.
Class begins: Thursday, October 14 and runs for 4 weeks.
Time: 6:15-7pm Please arrive 15 minutes early to the first class and allow 5-8 minutes before each following class to change and warm up.
Cost: $60 per person, 6 person minimum, 15 maximum.
Where: POW!, 950 W. Washington, Phone: 312-829-7699
Taught by: Katalin Rodriguez-Ogren
Contact Info: Katalin@powkickboxing.com or 773-220-7691
Earth Wind & Solar grand opening
earth wind solarFriday, October 15 from 12 to 10 pm
ICNC member Earth Wind & Solar Energy is a new company providing the latest green technology to businesses. They specialize in the professional design and installation of solar PV, solar thermal, and wind turbine systems, as well as providing certified energy audits. Stop by their office at 2350 W. Grand Avenue for food, and drinks at the grand opening or call owners John and Riana at 312-243-9933 for information. Please RSVP to info@earthwindandsolarenergy.com.
Albany Carroll Art Building Open Studio Event
Albany Carroll BuildingMark your calendars! Come join us on Sunday, October 31st, as we celebrate our 11th Annual Open Studios. This year's theme, The City as Studio, explores the impact of the urban environment on Chicago artists and their work, and the contributions that artists make to the vitality of our city. The Albany Carroll Arts Building Open Studio is held every year on the last Sunday of October. This, our 11th year, falls on Halloween Day, scary! Front door, 319 North Albany Avenue, opens at Noon.
Recycle Old Computer and Electronics   
Wondering what to do with those old computers and monitors cluttering up the supply room? Contact Anthony Pontillo at AcmeScrap 773-523-4500 . They specialize in taking apart and recycling exactly these types of materials, often at NO COST!
FCC buildingSpace available at ICNC's Fulton Carroll Center
Check ICNC's website for low-cost incubator space with free business assistance and resources, located at the Fulton Carroll Center.
Current spaces available include our current ICNC offices, a 5,642 square-foot space with 10 built out offices and private restrooms for only $2821 per month. Check it out here! We also have a 2,351 square-foot unitFCC unit D201 with 12' ceilings on the second floor. Monthly rent is $1,439 and includes heat. The unit has lots of sunlight from windows that look out on Damen Avenue, and there are wood floors throughout. These are just a few examples of the spaces we have availabel. Call ICNC for an appointment to see this or other spaces. 
Other local space available
  • 12,500 sf factory building at Sacramento and Carroll. 16-foot ceilings, 1,200 office with central A/C, 1,300 sf explosion proof with central A/C. Sprinkled. Contact Sandy Richman at 773-722-4583.
  • 9,000 - 108,000 at 1000 W Fulton from $4-6/sf. 360,000 total available. Call Eric Johnstone at 312-676-1874 for information.
  • 27,000 sf industrial space at 1747 W Carroll with offices, parking: $1,595,000. Call Michael Senner at Colliers for info: 847-698-8234.
Call ICNC at 312-421-3941  
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.
ICNC seminars are supported in part by the City of Chicago's Department of Community Development and by the State of Illinois' Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
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