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ICNC Membership Cruise: Friday, August 23rd
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. 

Join us on Friday, August 23rd for food, networking, and a cruise aboard the Spirit of Chicago at Navy Pier!  View Chicago's world-famous skyline, from the Sears Tower, to the John Hancock, to the Museum Campus, Aon Center and more.


Our summer membership event is a great opportunity to network with fellow members of our business community.   Registration includes a two-hour cruise, open bar, and hot buffet.


$65 for ICNC Members       Registration begins at 2:30 pm, Boarding begins at 3:30 pm
$85 for non Members                                Cruise from 4:00 to 6:00 pm 

$40 for FCC tenants                          


Tomorrow! Networking Event at ICNC

 Wednesday, August 14th, 11:30AM-1:30PM 


Wondering what happened to the Lead Breakfast? Well, it's changed. We have a new time, new name and new focus. Please join us for ICNC's first "Launch Lunch"!
This fun, free event will focus on new companies, new products and new people. So, if you have a new product ready to launch, or just want to meet those who do, please join us. 




Doors open at 11:30 am. Event starts promptly at noon!        
Thank you to our sponsor, Cole Taylor Bank. 

The Affordable Care Act: What it Means for Your Business


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Learn what every employer needs to know about the Affordable Care Act at this informative session. Featuring subject expert Dennis Foldenauer of the Small Business Administration.


Thursday, August 15th, 9:00am-11:00m 


320 N. Damen Ave.

Free to Attend  



Register Now for 
ICNC's inaugural tenant trade show and block party.  Outdoor tents and indoor booths available to exhibit your products!
Artwork by Kevin O'Rourke, Fulton Street Collective

Call Zoey at (312) 421-3941 to learn more!
Trade Mission Schedule Released
and Upcoming Delegation to China
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The state of Illinois Office of Trade & Investment has released their upcoming international trade mission program for small business exporters for 2013-2014. Missions include the successful annual Canadian Restaurant & Foodservice Association show in Toronto as well as new opportunities such as the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. If your business is looking for new international marketing opportunities and would like to take advantage of the state's subsidized trade missions, contact Laura Flamm, International Trade Center Director, at [email protected] or (312) 433-7656. 


In addition, Columba Industries, a specialist consulting firm for trade with China, is organizing a delegation of US companies to China from September 15-25, 2013 to learn about the market and make business contacts. See additional details HERE. If you're interested in participating in this delegation, contact Laura or Columba Industries directly at [email protected].  

Membership Meeting on BRT - Thanks to All Who Attended 


ICNC held a membership summit on the proposed Ashland

Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project last week. Attended by forty companies, the meeting gave a cross-section of the interests among ICNC Members affected by the proposal, and provided valuable input as to our efforts moving forward. Of particular concern are the lack of left turns and reduced traffic capacity in the current design proposal, which ICNC has been actively lobbying CTA to change.  



ICNC continues its work relaying Member concerns into a workable transit solution, and we want to hear from you. To discuss the Bus Rapid Transit proposal and its potential impact, email Outreach Coordinator Ben Spies at [email protected]


Attention all Geeks, Nerds and Dweebs! 

  Geek Bar 

A visionary leader has emerged from your ranks and he aims to transform geek nightlife in Chicago. Learn more about David Zoltan's plan to launch Geek Bar Chicago. A destination where geeks from all over the Chicagoland can gather to watch sci-fi, talk tech, or just hang out, drink beer and play those annoying games you guys like. Plus enjoy GREAT FOOD TOO, thanks to resident Geek Chef, Tom Kern. 


To learn more about how you can help launch this uncool new venture, visit Geek Bars Chicago's Kickstarter page here


Live long and prosper.... 



My Bread Supplies Roti Mediterranean Grill


ICNC is happy to announce that Fulton-Carroll Center tenant My Bread Bakery has recently become the supplier of gluten-free bread products to Roti Mediterranean Grill. With 12 Chicagoland locations and growing, Roti is proud to demonstrate its commitment to local business partnerships. My Bread Bakery is Chicago's only GFCO-certified, 100% gluten-free bread bakery, and is quickly growing at its location within ICNC's Fulton-Carroll Center business incubator.


Free Workforce Trainings at ICNC

One-day sessions in Essential Skills for Managers and Improving Internal Workplace Communication are available at no cost to Kinzie Industrial Corridor companies through Chicago's TIFWorks program. seats are limited, so act now to take advantage of this unique training opportunity!  




For questions, contact Priscilla Torrence at (312) 421-3941 or [email protected].


Sign-up for No-Cost  Computer Classes 
Thanks  to a grant from the State of Illinois, ICNC offers on-site computer classes at no charge. Space is limited, so sign up today. Get your employees trained in Quickbooks, Excel, Powerpoint, and more. See ICNC's website for a complete description of classes.    
All classes are held at ICNC: 320 N. Damen Ave.


MS Excel 1 & 2
Design a Website/Blog

MS Word

Digital Marketing

MS Access 

MS Powerpoint  

Tuesday-August 6: 11am-4pm

Thursday-August 8: 12pm-4pm

Thursday-August 15: 12pm-4pm

Tuesday-August 20: 12pm-4pm

Thursday-August 22: 1pm-4pm

Thursday-August 27: 12pm-4pm  


Other Events
Andersonville City Made Fest
The Andersonville neighborhood's City Made Fest seeks vendors for its September 21-22, 2013 event, which will celebrate brewers, goods, music, and food exclusively from within Chicago city limits. City Made Fest will take place at 5000-5100 N. Clark Street and will feature a revolving line-up of local brews on tap, one stage of live music, and dozens of vendors. All goods sold at City Made Fest must be made in the City of Chicago. Vendor selection for City Made Fest will be prioritized towards locally owned, independent businesses located and headquartered within the City of Chicago, with the majority of the business' owners living within the City of Chicago.  Vendor applications are available at:


Grants, Incentives, and Subsidies Available Now


State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP): Reimburses 50-75% of travel and exhibition costs at foreign trade shows.


On-the-Job Training (OJT): Reimburses up to 50% of a new hire's wages for their first 6 months.


Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP): Reimburses up to 50% of qualified employee training sessions in new equipment, industry-related software, ISO and LEED, and more.


TIFWorks: Free workforce training programs to companies located in designated TIF Districts.


Empowerment Zone Benefits: Federal tax credits of up to $3,000 per employee for employing people from the neighborhood (business must also be located in the Empowerment Zone).


Work Opportunity Tax Credits: Federal tax credits between $1,200 and $9,600 per employee for hiring from targeted groups like veterans, ex-felons, and SNAP recipients.


For information on how to take advantage of these opportunities, call us at (312) 421-3941.


Fulton-Carroll Center Space Available Now

 Enjoy competitive rent, a thriving entrepreneurial environment, and immediate access to ICNC's development services as a tenant of the Fulton-Carroll Center business incubator. 
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  • Suite F-262:  2257 s.f., central heat and A/C, lots of  light, office area.  $1525/month. 
  • Suite F-280:  5642 s.f. with lots of office space, in-unit bathroom, kitchen, and conference room.  Finished space ideal for office uses.  $4467/month.
  • Suite F-304:  4710 s.f. (mostly clear span), 30+ ft ceilings, $2551/month.
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