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Visit Fulton Fest this Friday, September 13!

On behalf of nearly 70 exhibiting businesses, ICNC invites you to experience Fulton Fest, our inaugural block party and expo event! Come sample food and drinks from local producers, peruse innovative products made right here in the Kinzie Corridor, and enjoy live entertainment and kids' activities.  


Fulton Fest is a chance to show Chicago the talent at work in our business community, so tell your friends, bring the family, and join us on September 13!   


Limited exhibitor slots still available.  Call (312) 421-3941. 


Where: Fulton Street at Damen Avenue 

When: Friday 9/13, 2:00pm-7:00pm

Cost: Free to Attend!

Contact: Zoey Rangel at ICNC, (312) 421-3941


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Thanks to our event sponsors:


Platinum Sponsor


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Thanks for Attending ICNC's Membership Cruise

Thank you once again to all who attended ICNC's annual Membership Cruise aboard the Spirit of Chicago this year. Sunny skies, great service, and plenty of smiling ICNC Members made for a lovely afternoon. See you again next year!


ICNC Remembers Fred Weiss


Fred Weiss, founder of longtime ICNC Member Tri-State Metal Company, sadly passed away last month. Mr. Weiss is remembered as an influential business leader and an asset to the Kinzie Industrial Corridor.  ICNC wishes to share its deepest condolences with Mr. Weiss's family and colleagues.

Small Business Health Options Website Up and Running


Stay on top of news about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) website is now active. SHOP functions as an information source to tell you how the Act will or will not impact your business, and will be an online marketplace for comparing health insurance plans.


Also try this Affordable Care Act Wizard tool to answer your questions.

ICNC Events
Export to Mexico: Documentation and Procedures


This half day course, administered by Global Training Center, will include tips on export documentation and procedures specific to Mexico, the Mexican customs system, Mexico's tariff schedule and free trade agreements, non-tariff regulations such as import certificates, permits, standards and labeling, trade promotion and initiatives such as the maquiladora system and recommended resources. Course fee sponsorship is available to those companies currently exporting to Mexico.


For more information and to attend, please contact ICNC

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International Trade Center Director Laura Flamm at


September 27, 2013

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

320 N. Damen Ave
Cost: $295 (sponsorship available to current exporters)

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


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.
Other Events
engAge 2013


Have fun, win prizes and be a friend to a lonely and isolated Chicago senior by attending engAge, an annual reception and raffle hosted by the Young Professionals Advisory Board of Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly. Enjoy an evening of food, drinks, music and fun, while supporting the free programs offered to Chicago elders who are aging alone without the help of family or friends.


Thursday, September 12, 6:00pm 

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly

355 N. Ashland Ave. 

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 K-110: 1190 s.f., first floor with roll-up exterior door, in-unit water.  $938/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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