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Upcoming ICNC Events

2011 Annual Membership Event March 3rd at 4pm

This year, we'll be holding the annual membership event at ICNC's new large community space on March 3rd with free and convenient parking right across the street.  Our new late afternoon format is intended to encourage member participation and offer an opportunity to network with others after the meeting while enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. In addition to receiving a brief update, members will be asked to vote on board candidates for 2011.  To get things started, we ask that each member respond to the four questions in our Easy and Quick Member Survey to assist us in finding ways to maximize our value to members. Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 4pm followed by cocktails and refreshments. $25 ICNC members ($35 others). RSVP Here  or call 312-421-3941 


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EMT applications now being accepted 
emt training
ICNC is preparing for its 3rd year of Emergency Medical Technician training, which will meet on Saturdays (9am-4pm) at ICNC starting March of 2011 through December. See ICNC's website for more information or to apply. Candidates must be working women, living in Chicago, who are eager to work hard to advance their careers.The training is funded by the Eleanor Foundation and provided by Superior Ambulance. Click here to apply now. 

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.
ICNC's Hosts Healthcare Hiring Event
ICNC is hosting a series of monthly Healthcare hiring events. This event is open only to residents of the 2nd and 27th wards. Bring an updated resume and arrive on time. For more information or to rsvp visit www.NearWestJobs.com
Thursday, February 17
9:30 am 

Free computer classes at ICNC
Thanks to a grant from the state,the following classes are available at no charge! But space is very limited, so sign up today!   
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Wednesday, February 16th, : Excel Level 1
1-4 pm
Friday, February 18th, : Excel Level 2
1-4 pm
Wednesday, February 23rd: Microsoft Word 1
1-4 pm
Friday, February 25th: Powerpoint
1-4 pm

Focus on Sales at ICNC's Lead Breakfast! 
Have you heard about our lead breakfast series here at ICNC? Last year it was a great success! Every few months more than 30 business owners gather at ICNC to build referrals and tell each other about their goods and services. This is marketing at it's most direct and effective level.
RSVP now, as this event fills up fast! No-cost, but reserve your place now by registering here or contact ICNC. Doors open at 7:30 am.  
Thursday, March 31
Kinzie Corridor News
Senator Durbin Visits ICNCDurbin 
ICNC was pleased to host a visit from Senator Dick Durbin last month. The Senator toured the spaces of ICNC tenants Assistive Medical, Ticche and Bea, Ineeka and Innerglow Surfaces, makers of  Gilasi.
After the tour, Senator Durbin met with a small group of ICNC members for a frank question and answer period about challenges and issues facing todays small business owner. To learn more about Senator Durbin and the issues he's working on, visit http://durbin.senate.gov/ .
ICNC Remembers Former Board Member, Phil Zeid
We are sorry to report that Phil Zeid, president of Universal Scrap Metals, passed away last week after a brief illness. Phil was a longtime leader in the Kinzie Corridor, known not only for his contribution to building his company into an industry powerhouse, but also for his dedication to the neighborhood. He served on ICNC's board of directors and was always willing to lend support or advice to other local businesses when requested. We'll be remembering him at the ICNC membership meeting this March 3, and our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and those lucky enough to have known him.

Apply to Revolving Loan Fund 
Businesses located in the Kinzie Corridor area 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.
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.
One of the best parts of ICNC membership is: finding local sources for goods and services and selling your products or services to your neighbors. Check out the member to member discount page of ICNC's website to take advantage of deals on food, office supplies, fitness, and more.
Email Dionne with your company logo and a description of your discount if you'd like to participate in the program. This program is only open to current ICNC members.
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We were wondering... 
if you would share your opinions with us by answering a short 4 question survey about your business and how ICNC can better serve your business needs? 
Questions, comments, complaints concerns?
Now is the time to take an active role in planning  how we serve our membership during the coming year. Just click on the following to partcipate in this very short survey. Thank you!

Other Events

Coffee with Alderman Walter Burnett Jr.

Please join Alderman Walter Burnett Jr., of the 27th Ward for pre-election coffee and conversation at the Chicago Legal Cafe-1338 W. Madison.
Wednesday, February 16


Seminar on How to Start a Food Business

By attending "From Recipe to Reality" entrepreneurs gain in one day the information that could take months to research on their own. They will acquire valuable knowledge on the basics of starting a food business. This seminar helps attendees understand the challenges of starting a food business and helps them to make an informed decision as to whether developing a business is the right choice for them. For more info, click here

April 15
Member Spotlight: Gaudi CafeGaudi 
The next time you're in the mood for a delicious meal, we here at ICNC strongly recommend you check out Gaudi Cafe at 624 North Ashland.     Owners Betty and Veronica Romo create tasty entree's with influences from Mexico, Spain, and the Mediterranean shore. In addition to the great food, you can enjoy the eclectic mix of original art displayed in the cozy atmosphere of Gaudis dining area while sipping one of their wide selection of specialty coffees. This month ICNC members can enjoy Gaudi's signature breakfast dish Chilaquiles as part of a two for one special (see coupon at bottom). For more information, call Gaudi at (312) 733-9528 or visit them online at http://www.gaudicoffeegrill.com .   

Space Available

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 unitvacant space 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.

For more info call 312-421-3941

or email at [email protected]

320 N. Damen Ave., Chicgao, IL. 60612






for One 

        Gaudi Cafe 

    Breakfast  Special:

    2 for 1 Chilaquiles!     
Present this coupon to enjoy a two for one saving on Gaudi's signature dish "Chilaquiles": Tortilla chips mixed with eggs, pico de gallo, and pepper jack cheese, drizzled with salsa verde and served with beans.
Valid from Monday to Friday 7-11am,

                        dine in only.

Gaudi Cafe, 624 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago                                   312-733-9528
Offer Expires: 2/28/2011


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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