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Act Fast-Get 50% Past Training ReimbursedMoney
ICNC has over $50,000 in grant money available to rebate you back  50% of your 2009-2010 training costs. If you had any training expenses at all between July 2009-December 2010, contact ICNC immediately as you will need to complete a 3-page application in the next week to receive these funds. Call 312-421-3941.

Upcoming ICNC Events
ICNC's Hosts RUSH Hiring Event
Wednesday, January 19th
ICNC is hosting a series of monthly RUSH Medical center hiring events starting Wednesday, January 19th at 9:30 am. This event is open only to residents of the 2nd and 27th wards. For more information or to rsvp visit www.NearWestJobs.com
Free computer classes at ICNC
Thanks to ICNC's Digital Divide program,the following classes are available at no charge! But space is very limited, so sign up today!
Computer Center-ICNC
Friday, January 14th, : Excel Level 1
1-4 pm
Wednesday, January 19th,: Excel Level 2
1-4 pm
Friday, January 21st: Excel Level 2
1-4 pm
Wednesday, January 26th: Powerpoint
1-4 pm

Starting a Business in Illinois

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Wednesday, January 26,
9 am to 11 am

Come learn the basic information for starting a business in Illinois. We'll discuss business plans, marketing strategies, financing options and licensing requirments. Informational materials will be provided.  Hosted by the IL Small Business Development Center at ICNC.
Click here to register.

Intellectual Property Protection
Thursday, January 27th
Under intellectual property law, owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets, such as musical, literary, and artistic works; discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols, and designs. Common types of intellectual property include copyrights, trademarks, patents, industrial design rights and trade secrets in some jurisdictions.
Click here to register.

International Trade-Where in the world is your next customer?
Wednesday, February 16th,
Foreign Market Selection
If you've got a product or service you think would sell outside cargo shipthe country, let the Illinois International Trade Center at ICNC help you figure out where your next customers are. They might be in Montreal, or they might be in Mumbai, Sydney, or Tokyo, and you've got to decide where to focus your efforts. In this seminar, Kellogg School of Management Adjunct Professor Phil Corse will teach you how to consider demographics, culture, and economic patterns when you're looking for a foreign market. Phil teaches global marketing, and in the last hour of the seminar he'll take you through a guided exercise where you'll construct the beginning of a foreign market selection and entry plan for your own company. This event is free, but please RSVP here.
Kinzie Corridor News
New Member Spotlight
When it's time to replace your signage, look no further than 1945  W. Fulton St. where you'll find Ecolit, Chicago's leader in cutting edge LED sign technology. At Ecolit you'll find a friendly staff able to assist you in creating a bright, economical and earth friendly (using up to 90% less energy) signage for your company. Plus ICNC members get a 15% discount (see coupon at the bottom of this page) during the month of January! For more information call 312-492-7010 or visit them on line at www.ecolitus.com..
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.
Small Business Spotlight: TULUMTulum-01 
Hungry? If so, we recommend you head over to
1800 W. Grand and check out TULUM. Owner
Ricardo Romo (pictured here with daughter Adriana)
offers a great blend of Mexican and American cuisine
 at very reasonable prices! This month, ICNC members can enjoy a 50% discount on breakfast entree's too (see coupon at the bottom of the page)!
Cut employee hiring costs with ICNC  
ICNC's business employment services can make your hiring easier. If you need to hire a new employee, ICNC can help you from start to finish. We:
  • advertise where job seekers look
  • screen resumes
  • conduct background and reference checks
  • interview promising candidates
And it's all at no cost. You just meet the candidates that are pre-screened and qualified so you can choose from the best. Save time and money with ICNC's hiring service. Call or email Priscilla at [email protected] to get started.

Proposed Green Certification Ordinancegreenordinance
On Friday, November 19, ICNC hosted a well attended hearing on a proposed new "Green Certification Ordinance". Alderman Laureno, Alderman Rugai and our own Alderman Walter Burnett, took questions and listened carefully to feedback from ICNC members about the controversial new proposed ordinance.

     While some felt that having the city certify businesses as "green" might be beneficial, others thought the term too broad and, given the number of other certification bodies, redundant.Stay tuned for the outcome...

SBDC Spotlight: ANEWanew 
Small business owners: Imagine having a professional to answer your calls, respond immediately to incoming emails, and provide support to your customers. Add to that, automated lead and customer follow-up processes, which help acquire new customers and strengthen relationships with current customers. These are only a few of the virtual services provided by Anew.
Most entrepreneurs and small business owners wear many hats and cannot afford to hire people to fulfill all of these functions. With Anew's professional team and virtual services, you can choose just the services you need and pay only for the time when the services are actually provided, eliminating overhead and other expenses. For a list of Anew service plans and services to help you grow your business, click here
ICNC Holiday Party at Garfield Park Conservatory 
The Garfield Park Conservatory transformed into a Holiday Party-1magical mix of tropical plants and holiday lighting. ICNC staff, board members, and more than 200 local business people came out to enjoy the festivities. Thanks to our event sponsors Popular Community Bank & Synery Construction Group. Also, thanks to our food and drink providers, Amazing Edibles, Gaudi, Goose Island, Gourmet Kitchen, Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels, La Provence, & Take the Cake. Click here for more photos. Photos courtesy of REP3.

Homeless Issues in Kinzie Corridor  

ICNC attended a meeting recently at Alderman Burnetts office regarding the growing homeless population residing in Kinzie corridor viaducts. Police Commander Judy Martin from the 13th district and a representative from the city's Department of Streets and Sanitation were also in attendance. At issue was the safety of the homeless themselves. With plunging temperatures and the expansion from the sidewalks

into the steets it is felt that these living arrangements cannot be allowed to continue. In addition, crime and sanitation issues were discussed. The 13th district has said that they intend to take an aggresive role in making sure that the viaducts are cleared and the residents offered both shelter and services.

FCC buildingSpace available at the 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 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. 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 [email protected].

ICNC is located on the second floor of the Fulton Carrol Center, 2010 W. Fulton St., Ste. 280, Chicago, IL 60612.





Tulum Grill January Breakfast
    50% off breakfast items.       
When you present this coupon or mention ICNC.
Valid for the month of january only,drinks not included, carry-out, dine-in and delivery,9-11am, mon-fri.
Tulum Grill 1800 W. Grand Ave, Chicago                                   312-997-2400
Offer Expires: 1/31/2011



Save 15%

 Ecolit January Sign Special!!
             15% OFF

Discount available to ICNC members when you  present this coupon or mention ICNC.

Ecolit, 1945 W. Fulton, Chicago, Il, 60612
Offer Expires: 1/31/2011

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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