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Up to 90% Wages paid for New Hires - any level - 6 months!hirng

ICNC is hosting a seminar on a State of IL On the Job Training (OJT) wage reimbursement program which will reimburse employers up 90% on wages of  previously unemployed new hires for SIX months!    New hires can be at any skill level - from assembly worker to CFO!   Learn more about how to take advantage of this federally funded program at our upcoming informational seminar at ICNC, 320 N. Damen. To rsvp, call ICNC or contact [email protected].


September 8th, 2011

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 Record Breaking ICNC Lead Breakfast!

Lead Breakfast 8-11
Thank you to our sponsor, Cole Taylor Bank, and to the more than 70 entrepreneurs and business people who attended our August Lead Breakfast.  Each participant gave a brief description of their company and passed out information and samples to the group.  The delicious breakfast was provided by none other than Big Delicious Planet, a new canteen open to the public right here in the Kinzie Corridor.   Early indications are that a fair amount of business was conducted after the meeting and is continuing.  Stay tuned for information on the next Lead Breakfast at ICNC.  

               ICNC's Kinzie Lake & River Cruise


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!



             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 presented by ICNC's SBDC Director 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
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New Member Spotlight -
Make Your Body!

MAKE YOUR BODY  is Chicago's First parent child personal training studio. Unlike a gym and health club, Make Your Body is a small comfortable Roscoe Village personal training fitness center with exercises that are aimed at empowering women and girls to exercise together. owner and NASM Certified Trainer, Theodora Tsatsos designed workouts and routines focused on  addressing childhood obesity, promoting healthy kids and encouraging mother daughter fitness & health through proper weight lifting, cardio and flexibility exercises. To find out more about Make Your Body, see www.makeyourbody.com or email [email protected] 

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.


ICNC Tenants enjoy outdoor Thursday Tenant EventTenant Event

The new Third Thursday Tenant Networking Events have proven to be a great success here at ICNC.  Tenants and friends meet at ICNC's office (or outside weather permitting)  to learn about each others' businesses (and whatever else) while enjoying beer, pizza and great conversation.  Septembers' Third Thursday Event is extra special as it's being held in concert with with our annual boat outing! For details and special tenant pricing contact Mary at ICNC.

If your processed food company (snacks, beverages, ready-to-eat, etc.) is looking 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.


ICNC 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 September classes include:
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  • Friday, September 2: PowerPoint
  • Tuesday, September 6: Microsoft Word 
  • Thursday, September 8: QuickBooks    
  • Tuesday September 20: Access Level 1
  • Thursday, September 22: Access Level 2 
  • Tuesday, September 27: Excel Level 1
  • Thursday, September 29: Excel Level 2


 Click here to register for class                         

HR Law for Small Businesses!
Want to know how to dispute unemployment benefit claims? What about legal interview questions to ask?  How about those employment laws that might affect your business? If so, RSVP now, as this no-cost seminar will fill up fast! Thanks to our Sponsor Attorney David Miller , Partner of Rock, Fusco, & Conelly.
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011


Seminar on Internet Marketing & Social Media
Attention Organizational decision makers who are interested in properly representing their digital brand and driving more traffic and attention towards their organization's website. Register now for this free event. TQM Media will cover the following topics in this interactive engaging workshop: 
  • Maximizing the benefit of Internet Marketing
  • Pay Per Click Advertising (PPC)
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Ad Words, Web Analytics, Web Banner Advertising
  • Social Media Marketing
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
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Other Events

 Save $ & Energy at  Smart Energy International 2011smartenergyinfo

500 senior industry professionals will gather at the 2011 Smart Energy International, a unique forumdeveloped specifically for electric utilities and the organizations that support them. This event offers networking opportunities with 500+ utilities, government, regulators, financiers, technology providers and more.


You'll meet and learn from an amazing group of industry leaders you won't see anywhere else discussing the future of smart energy, from policy and finance to the impact of EVs and building automation on the grid; storage and distributed generation to innovations and smart grid optimization. ICNC Member s- Save 40% when you use discount code ICNC!  Co-located with the Smart Cars and Homes Summits.  For more info and registration go to www.smartenergyinternational.com.  









October 24-26, 2011

Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco, CA

Identity Theft Hotline

identitytheftThe Office of the Attorney General's Identity Theft Hotline1-866-999-5630

provides people throughout Illinois who have been victimized by identity theft with one-on-one assistance as they work to report the crime to local law enforcement and financial institutions, repair their credit, and prevent future problems. If you have been the victim of identity theft or believe your personal or financial information may have been compromised, please call the toll-free Identity Theft Hotline. For more information, please click here.

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Attend ICNC Tenant Exquisite Art Show
Exquisite Corpse is an independently run art show that features works across all media-illustration, photography, pillow-making... and everything in between-by over 40 artists from Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, and Melbourne. Arranged into groups and pairs, these artists-most of whom were strangers to one another before this project-were given one month to create new art, with no limitations or rules other than to work together. For exclusive previews of the artwork and behind-the-scenes looks into the artists' processes, click here. Exquisite Corpse is located on the second floor of:
Fulton Street Collective, 2000 W. Fulton St.Chicago, IL 60612 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Attend City of Chicago's 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 September 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 September. 


9/2 Revenue Growth by Traditional and Social Media Marketing  

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

Presented by Xenos Media Group 


9/7 Talk to City Inspectors, Ask Questions, Get Answers 

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Presented by the City of Chicago


9/8 Business Works Seminar

Come visit us at the Buisness Works Seminar at

Wright College - 4300 N. Narragansett

Thursday, September 8th at 5:30 p.m.




9/14 Start Your Concession at O'Hare or Midway Airport 

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

Presented by Chicago Department of Aviation


9/16 Choosing Your Legal Entity

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Presented by Lema Khorshid Esq., Partner, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC


9/21 Job Order Contracting (JOC) Informational Workshop

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Presented by the City of Chicago


9/23 How to Finance Your Business

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

Presented by Citibank


9/28 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 4:30p.m.

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


9/30 How to Maximize the Use of LINKEDIN to Promote Your Business  

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Presented by DoughNuttz, Inc



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


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.


Renegade Craft Fair - Sweet Home: Chicago!!!

The Renegade Craft Fair will once again take over Division Street in Wicker Park for its 9th Annual Chicago Fair.  Always free-to-attend, Chicago'sbiggest and best indie-craft event will feature over 300 of today's brightest makers of handmade goods, live entertainment, hands-on crafting workshops and so much more! Food, beverages and libations will also be available!  See www.renegadecraft.com/chicago for more information.


Saturday & Sunday, September 10th & 11th, 2011




Attend Entrepreneurial Woman's Conference 
Mark your calendars now to join the Women's Business Development Center at their 25th Anniversary Entrepreneurial Woman's Conference, Learn about business opportunities 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  


holding moneyUnderstand the various ways you might finance your business and how to approach friends and family, angel investors, banks and venture capitalists. Learn to prepare the documents you need to submit for each. A guest banker will also present criteria to obtain financing. Register here.

500 W. Madision Ave., Suite 1150
Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011

8:45 am - 12:00 pm  

 Design Harvest Festival on Grand Avenue

Design Harvest is  a new annual street festival on Grand Avenue (between Damen and Wood) featuring Chicago's best local furniture and home accessory makers, vintage and antique collectors, and local retailers of the home design industry.   A rain or shine event, vendors will be housed under large tents (last year's first festival was a big success despite the rain).   The event is being organized by the West Town Chamber of Commerce along with Post 27.  For more information, including how to participate as a vendor, please go to  http://www.design-harvest.com/info/.

Saturday & Sunday, October 1st & 2nd 2011 
On Grand Ave between Damen and Wood Street 


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Constant Contact : 

Social Media and Email Marketing Workshops 

social mediaThis information-packed seminar at ICNC will show you how email marketing - the hands-on, low-cost marketing tool - can really help drive your business success. Discover how communicating with your customers regularly can help you stay connected, and generate increased referrals, repeat sales and unwavering customer loyalty. Presented by Steve Robinson from Constant Contact. Continental breakfast provided by Constant Contact.



October 26th, 2011

Social Media from 8:00am-10:00am

Email Marketing from 10:00am-12:00pm

People can choose to come to one or both of the sessions.

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:

  • 1,492 sf. Great usable floor plan. South facing windows. Open space. Common area restrooms, common bathrooms, wood floors throughout, immediate access to freight elevators. Monthly base rent $858
  • 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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