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ICNC Members & Supporters Celebrate New Community Space
ICNC recently relocated its offices to a large, open ground floor space facing Damen Avenue in its current facility.   The reason for the move was to offer our companies easier access (including adjacent easy-access parking for short term visits) to our services and programs and a larger, brighter meeting space for our seminars and gatherings.   Thanks to all of those who attended our recent Open House to celebrate a new beginning for the
ICNC community.   Please stop by anytime for a tour!

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ICNC Refutes "Most Dangerous Neighborhood" Claim

Many of us working and living in the Kinzie Corridor area were shocked to hear of a new study listing the area between Kinzie, Washington, Damen and Western as the #1 MOST dangerous neighborhood in the USA! That is absurd! After learning of the study, ICNC called CBS news who came out to investigate and did a great job refuting the claim on the 5pm news (featuring Alderman Burnett and ICNC staff and tenants). Check out the CBS news video.

ICNC Events

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. RSVP or call ICNC.
Introduction to Exporting
Tuesday, December 7
9 am- 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. Speakers from the US Department of Commerce, the US Small Business Administration, and the Export-Import Bank of the US are among the presenters.

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 or call ICNC.
FREE  Yoga Classes at Turbodog! Join other ICNC members (including ICNC staff!) in taking advantage of FREE introductory yoga classes right here in the corridor.    Turbodog Spirit Center, a new ICNC member and the only nonprofit yoga center in Chicago, is offering ICNC members free yoga classes the last two weeks in November.

Turbodog is located at 327 N. Bell (Between Oakley & Leavitt, off of Fulton) and offers plenty of free parking - conveniently located right across from the big YOGA sign on the door.  Beginners welcome.  Classes held before,during and after work - and even at lunchtime!   For more info and class schedule visit www.turbodogspiritcenter.com.


ICNC Holiday Party at the Garfield Park Conservatory

Thursday, December 16th


Save the date! ICNC's holiday party is one of our companies' favorite events. Meet your neighbors and fellow business owners over drinks and appetizers in the Garfield Park Conservatory. The lush surroundings of the conservatory are always impressive, but when decorated with lights for the holidays they are magical. This is a free event, but please RSVP or call ICNC.   

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Kinzie Corridor News

Congratulations to our 2010 EMT Graduates!

After several long months of studying and training, our Emergency Meidcal Technician students are now EMT graduates. We are looking forward to our next class to begin early next year. Check out highlights from the event.


Tenant Spotlight on Concierge Moving Serviesconciergelogo

Concierge Moving Services, Inc. was started by its founder and owner, David Romanoff.  "Why spend valuable time calling several companies to have everything handled?" he thought. "There must be a more efficient and cost effective way to take care ofdavidromanoffpic everything." Thus, Concierge Moving Services, Inc. was created. "As a proud new member of ICNC, we look forward to assisting all of its members and networks with all their relocation needs."  They are located at 2041 W. Carroll Ave., Suite C-312.  Stop by and say hello to get more details about what they do, or email them at info@conciergemovers.com. ICNC used Concierge for the move to our new offices and was thrilled with their work.

Leadership in the PlantDeanSanto

Management consultant Dean S. writes in this month's guest column and gives pointers on improving leadership skills for new supervisors: Has your company looked to expand its business, whether through an ISO certification, Lean implementation or plant expansion, only to find your frontline leaders and workforce are not aligned with your company's expansion plans? Click here to read full article.

ICNC reinvigorates 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 ICNC.


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.       
ICNC can find 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.
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 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! You can register on the ICNC website or contact ICNC.
Check the ICNC website  for November's schedule of FREE computer classes.
Wanted: ICNC Members
Thank you to the hundreds of 2010 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.

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. 
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! 
Help wanted: Digital Hub - Chicago's Printing Source

Digital Hub is seeking talented sales professionals. Digital Hub was recently voted the 6th greenest business and the #1 greenest printing company in America by Green America and is currently growing at a rate of 40% per year. Send your resume and CV to Michael Jones.

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.

For more information about any of these events contact ICNC at 312-421-3941 or by  e-mail at info@industrialcouncil.com.

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