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Small Business Improvement Fund Returns to Kinzie

Good news for property owners in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor TIF District: the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) has once again been enacted in our area! This popular grant program provides matching contributions of up to $150K for capital improvements to industrial properties. SBIF-eligible expenses include interior buildouts, roof and window work, masonry, HVAC, environmental remediation, and more. Applications will open for a limited period beginning with a kickoff event to be announced, so start thinking about projects and watch your inbox for upcoming messages about SBIF.


For more information about how to take advantage of SBIF, email Ben at ICNC or call (312) 421-3941.

Click to see how an ICNC Member took made use of SBIF.
Click to see how an ICNC Member took advantage of SBIF in 2011.
Properties in the Kinzie TIF district may be eligible. Click map to enlarge.
ICNC Hosts Mayor's Roundtable


ICNC recently played host to a small business-oriented budget roundtable event with Mayor Emanuel, City Treasurer Stephanie Neely, and several area business owners. Topics included Chicago's small business microlending program, interactions with the Small Business Center, and the upcoming city budget.

Tuition-Free EMT Training for Women
See EMT Students in action
See EMT Students in action

ICNC is pleased to announce that recruitment has opened for our 2014 Emergency Medical Technician training course. This eight-month program begins in March, with application open to single, working women currently earning $10-$40K, with clean driving and criminal histories. Watch the video clip and apply online at


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On the Job Training: up to 90% Wage Reimbursement for Hires

The On the Job Training (OJT) grant program can subsidize the wages you pay a new hire for up to their first six months as you train them into their new position. Reimbursement of up to 90% is available for job candidates who have been laid off from their previous positions through no fault of their own. This program has created dozens of jobs at ICNC Member companies, so if you're considering a new hire, email [email protected] or call (312) 421-3941 to learn more about OJT.

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Commercial Burglaries in 012th District

Businesses on the 2400 and 2500 blocks of West Fulton and Lake Streets have unfortunately seen a number of break-ins in recent weeks. Please bear in mind that communication is the best weapon we have to fight crimes of this type:

Please also use ICNC as your resource: email Ben with information to be shared with the Member community. Stay safe!


A Reminder About Lot Weeds and Vegetation

A friendly reminder to property owners: the Department of Streets and Sanitation has the right to issue tickets of $600 per offense for growth of weeds in excess of ten inches on occupied or unoccupied lots. The city broadly defines weeds as plants "unwanted or out of place". These tickets may be issued without warning or redress if the vegetation is trimmed after the fact, so spare your wallet and take care of it today!

New Industrial Sewing Training Center

Congratulations to our friends over at Supreme Novelty Fabrics on the opening of their new industrial sewing center. The ISSC (Industrial Sewing Solutions of Chicago) is a collaborative effort between Supreme Novelty, The Apparel Industry Board and the City of Chicago. To find out more, click here.  

First Annual Fulton Fest a Success!
A big thank you to all exhibitors and attendees at ICNC's first Fulton Fest last month. The lovely weather made for a great event, but all of you made it a day to remember! Special thanks to our event sponsors:
Images courtesy of REP3 Photography

Platinum Sponsor

You still have a chance to win a free iPad by signing up for a free Network Assessment with our main sponsor MXOtech. MXO raffled off the Windows 8 Pro software which is going to Russell Mangialardi of Cooper Technica. Congratulations Russell!  


ICNC Events
ICNC's Lead Breakfast: 
Meet Your Neighbors and Build Leads on Nov. 7th


ICNC's always-popular Lead Breakfast returns on Thursday, November 7th. The Lead Breakfast is a rare chance to introduce your company and demonstrate your product to more than 50 other business owners at one time. Meet buyers, vendors, or just find out what's new in the Kinzie Corridor. Space fills up quickly, so register here today!





Thursday, November 7th  

Thanks to our sponsor



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Doors open at 7:30.
QuickBooks Training Series comes
to ICNC in November

An in depth, hands on QuickBooks training series will be coming

to ICNC in November. Seats are very limited so if you're interested in participating please contact Andrew at [email protected] today. 

 Secrets of Search Engine Optimization
Web marketing guru Rod Holmes from Chicago Style SEO explains the basics of to do, and what not to do, to have your company site recognized by the major search engines. Rod's ICNC seminars have gotten rave reviews in the past. But they don't happen often, so don't miss out on this rare, free opportunity. Please register here:  


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


Thursday, November 14th



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Member Announcements
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-280:  5642 s.f. with lots of office space, in-unit bathroom, kitchen, and conference room.  Finished space ideal for office uses.   
  • Suite F-304:  4710 s.f. (mostly clear span), 30+ ft ceilings.
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