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                   Save the Date- ICNC's Kinzie Cruise-September-15th


boatJoin your neighbors on the lake next month at ICNC's annual Kinzie Cruise.  We will start out with a trip down the Chicago River and end up viewing the evening skyline on Lake Michigan. For only $60 (member rate), enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and lively conversation with your Kinzie neighbors. Popular Community Bank is sponsoring the cruise, said to be one of our companies' favorite events - come and find out why! 
Date: Thursday, September 15th
Time: 4:00-6:15 pm  (board at 4pm sharp)  
Where: 330 N. Wabash on the river (near Trump Tower)

Purchase tickets online here.

Thank you to our sponsor!




Treasury Awards $142 million at ICNC

ICNC was happy to host a U.S. Treasury event in which the Director of the CDFI fund, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Danny Davis announced a nationwide round of awards totaling $142 million for 155 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) serving struggling communities across the country. Awards included $4.5 million for three CDFIs in Chicago, including $1.5 million for the Chicago Community Development Loan Fund. These grants represent the largest single round of monetary awards in the CDFI Fund's history, and will help those financial institutions spur local economic growth and recovery, as well as expand access to affordable financial products and services. Prior to the ceremony, the officials toured ICNC's 410,000 SF incubator building, visiting two emerging start-up companies.

             Help the City Cut the Budget 

This fall the City of Chicago will finalize the budget for 2012 and Mayor Emanuel wants to hear from you!  Got an idea about how to solve the Chicago's budget problems? This is the place to get your idea noticed and to vote on the feasability of other ideas. The city is open to any and all suggestions that protect Chicago's taxpayers.  Use this website to submit your ideas, get involved in the process and be part of the solution. Check it out here: http://www.chicagobudget.org

Watch Licensing & Registration Basics Webinar
The How to Establish a New Business: Licensing & Registration Basics is the second of a series of webinars on Starting a Business in Illinois with our industry expert Denise Ching. The webinar includes tutorials on the following topics:

  • Registering a Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Completing Articles of Incorporation
  • Applying for a Federal Tax ID (FEIN)
  • Registering an Assumed Name Certificate
  • Applying for State Tax ID's (Sales, Re-Seller, Employment)
  • Applying for a City of Chicago Business License


Compare Electric Rates with a Click!


Problem: With all the new energy providers in the marketplace, how can we know we're getting a good deal?

Solution: Power2Switch.com

Power2Switch.com was started by two University of Chicago Booth School of Business students who are passionate about bringing transparency to the electricity industry. With just a few easy clicks of the keyboard, both residential and commercial users are able to see quotes from 13 electrical providers enabling them to make sound choices and cut their electricity bill...plus it's FREE too! For more information, you can read the SunTimes Article, view this video from Crains or simply visit them online at Power2Switch.com 

Reduce Energy-Save Moneysaveenergysavemoney

Small Business Energy Savings provides both guidance and assistance to small business owners looking to make their business more energy efficient. This service includes:
  • A free energy-use assessment of most small business
  • Free installation of energy saving products 
  • A list of recommendations for additional changes and upgrades that can further improve the energy efficiency of a small business and that qualify for rebates of up to 50 percent through programs offered by ComEd, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas and Peoples Gas.
 Click here to apply now.


No-Cost Food Safety Certification



Food companies in the Kinzie TIF (and 7 nearby TIF's) can now receive NO-COST training for their staff, thanks to a program put together by the Creative Hospitality Associates (CHA) and trainer, OAI Inc.  The entire program is funded by TIF dollars through TIFWorks.  The training being offered includes:

  • Food Safety/Sanitation Training for food serving establishments - This two full day course leads to certification (expires 5 years from issue date)
  • BASSET/Alcohol Safety Training (approved by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission) for businesses holding a liquor license.  This 2-4 hour course can be done on-site or at CHA. 

For more info contact Lauren LaViola at (312) 850-9797. 


If your processed food company (snacks, beverages, ready-to-eat, etc.) wants to export or is already selling outside the U.S., you may be able to get 50% of the money back that you spend on ads, promotions, trade shows, and other items that help develop your market. See this site for details and an application, and let ICNC's Illinois International Trade Center help you increase your exports.


Hungry? Big Delicious Planet's  New Canteen
 Big Delicious Planet has been feeding rockstars and business VIPs for well over a decade. Now owner Heidi Coudal has made that same high quality, healthy cuisine available to us here on the near westside. 
Located at 412 N. Wolcott, BDP is a short walk from ICNC and well worth the effort! Hours are from 7:30 am to 2 pm. To find out more visit BDP online at  http://bigdeliciousplanet.com/  



Get Quality Imagery at Affordable Rates
Products on White Photography has finally opened its doors to ICNC and the world.  Products on White, as an ICNC member for over 4 years, has finally created an easy web-based solution to provide affordable and professional product photography for e-commerce and small businesses in the ICNC community and beyond.  For the month of August, Products on White will be offering 10% off your total order for ICNC members.


Upcoming Events
Sign-up for FREE Computer Classes 
Thanks to a grant from the State of Illinois, ICNC is offering on-site computer classes at no charge. But space is limited, so sign up today.  See ICNC's website for a description of classes.  Upcoming August classes include:
Computer Class

All Classes are from 1pm-4pm


                        Friday, August 5: PowerPoint

                        Wednesday, August 10: Access 1

                        Friday, August 12: Access Level 2

                        Wednesday, August 17: Microsoft Word

                        Friday August 19: QuickBooks

                        Wednesday, August 24: Excel Level 1

                        Friday, August 26: Excel Level 2

                        Wednesday, August 31: QuickBooks

                        Friday, September 2: PowerPoint


                         Click here to register for class


Other Events
Attend Free Business Workshops
The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor.  The August calendar focuses on business essentials,  such as how to write an effective business plan and how to finance a small business. Other workshops teach entrepreneurs how to green a business or capture consumers using online marketing.  Below is a list of workshops offered in August or click here  to view the full August calendar with workshop description. 

To register for a workshop call 312-744-5344.  You can now also register by emailing [email protected].


8/5 Financial Assistance to Grow Your Business 

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Presented by the Small Business Administration (SBA)


8/10 How to Write an Effective Business Plan 

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Presented by Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies - University of Illinois at Chicago


8/12 On-Line Marketing- Capturing the Right Consumer 

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Presented by Imagen Communications- Jesse Caballero


8/17 City Contracting 101: How to Respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) 

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Presented by the Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS)


8/19 How to Finance your Small Business

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Illinois SBDC/Duman Micro Enterprise Center at JVS


8/24 NEW!  Shared Kitchen & Shared Kitchen User License

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Presented by the Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection


8/26 How to Green Your Business 

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Presented by Andersonville Development Corporation & ecoAndersonville, Go to Green  


8/31  How to Become Certified

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Doing Business with the City of Chicago 

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Presented by the Office of Compliance and the Department of Procurement Services (DPS)


All workshops are free and are located at the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) - City Hall, 121 N. La Salle St., Room 805.


Attend ICNC tenant Open House

Passion House Coffee Roasters features single origin coffees and unique flavorful blends that are roasted on site. Buy coffee for yourself, family, and friends. 


Open House Every Wednesday

2021 W. Fulton, Suite K105 



Get More Strategic about E-mail & IT
Ryan Phelan, BlueHornet's vice president of strategic services, will share strategies and insight on how to use e-mail in conjunction with emerging technology, such as social and mobile, to increase the effectiveness of your e-mail programsClick here to register for this FREE event!


W Hotel City Center, 172 W. Adams St., Chicago 

August 18, 2011 



The 17th annual picnic supports children returning to the classrooms this fall. CNU raises funds to buy school supplies, which the children receive at the picnic, and to fund college scholarships for some students. Businesses interested in supporting the effort can contact Darlena Williams-Burnett at 312-446-3645. The picnic is from 10 am to 5 pm at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph. Click here for more info.


Saturday, August 27, 2011




women's conference
Attend Woman's Entrepreneurial Conference
Mark your calendars now to join the Women's Business Development Center at their 25th Anniversary Entrepreneurial Woman's Conference, the oldest conference for women business owners in the country. Register here.

Chicago's McCormick Place-West 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 


Learn How to Access Capital
Join the Federal Reserve Bank's Rick Mattoon and local business leaders for a discussion of best-practices in accessing capital for established mid-market firms. The panel will include manufacturing and technology industry representatives who will discuss debt, private equity, and M&A using examples from their own firms. 

Nixon Peabody, LLC: 300 S. Riverside Plaza, 16th floor
Thursday, September 22, 2011  


Affordable Space


 FCC building

Check ICNC's website for low-cost incubator space with free business assistance and resources, located at the Fulton Carroll Center.The site displays info on available spaces including prices and descriptions.

Current spaces available include a 3,070 sf  unit with a

great usable floor plan. 28' high ceilings, tons of light and. Built out office and areas. Plumbing for bathroom and kitchen. Access to freight elevators and common bathrooms. Monthly rent is $1,535 Call ICNC for an appointment to see this or other spaces. 




Other space available:

  • 1,460 sf. Great usable floor plan. South facing windows. Open space. Common area restrooms, common bathrooms, wood floors throughout, immediate access to freight elevators. Monthly rent $895
  • 3,320 sf. Great usable floor plan. South facing windows. Built out offices with lots of lofty, open space. Common area restrooms, plumbing, wood floors throughout, immediate access to freight elevators. Monthly rent is $1,798  
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For more info call 312-421-3941 or email [email protected]


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




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