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Last Chance to RSVP for ICNC's Annual Holiday Party!
Join us for our annual holiday celebration at the Garfield Park Conservatory!  Meet your fellow ICNC Members and enjoy food, drinks, and holiday cheer, all at no cost! Bring the whole family to this fun event.
Thursday, Dec. 12th
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Thanks to our sponsor:
 American Chartered
Last Chance for SBIF - Applications Close Dec. 13th!
A reminder to companies in the Kinzie TIF district: applications to the Small Business Improvement Fund close at 5:00 PM this Friday, December 13th This is the last chance to apply for up to $150K in reimbursement funds for capital improvement projects.  Don't delay: email [email protected] to complete an application today.
Renew Your ICNC Membership for 2014

If it's been one year or more since your last ICNC Membership dues payment, it's time to renew! Your Membership dues are a key part of ICNC's operating budget, supporting job-creating economic development activities year-round and helping to keep the Kinzie Industrial Corridor a great place to do business.  You may have received notice already, but you can also follow the link below to renew via credit card on our PayPal site.



Dues are scheduled to increase in 2014; however, we invite you to renew your Membership for one year at the 2013 rates if you do so by January 31st.  If you have not joined ICNC as a Member, now is the time!  For questions about your Membership or dues payments, please contact Ben at [email protected]. 


Thank you for renewing - we look forward to serving you in 2014!

Grand Ave. Zoning Ordinance Introduced
In keeping with ICNC's longstanding recommendations for Grand Avenue, Alderman Roberto Maldonado has introduced an ordinance for a comprehensive zoning plan of this street between Western and Damen Avenues.  The ordinance calls for B2-2 (business with residential options) zoning for the north side and C3-2 (commercial with no residential permitted) for the south side of Grand, whose lots abut the Planned Manufacturing District.  This zoning plan protects industrial businesses in the PMD from residential encroachment, while also opening the underutilized Grand Avenue to greater development options.  ICNC applauds the ordinance, and will keep our Members informed on its progress through City Council.
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


    Presented in partnership with:

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Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival Jan. 6-12
ICNC Member Aloft is producing the 2014 Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, the nation's first event of its kind.  World-class performing acts from around the globe will visit our city for shows, workshops, skill shares, and the development of the circus arts. Visit the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival's website to learn more.

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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Winter Overnight Parking Ban Now in Effect
The City of Chicago's Winter Overnight Parking Ban is now being enforced on 107 miles of vital arterial streets from 3AM to 7AM between December 1 and April 1, regardless of snow.


Motorists who ignore this permanently posted seasonal tow zone face a $150 towing fee (minimum) in addition to a $60 ticket and an initial $10 daily storage fee.


A separate snow related parking ban exists for another 500 miles of main streets and can be activated after there are at least two inches of snow on the street, no matter the time of day or the calendar date. While the 2-inch snow ban is not activated often, motorists who are parked within the restricted area could receive a ticket or find that their vehicle has been relocated in order to facilitate snow clearing operations.
Click here for downloadable maps and more information.
ICNC Events
Lunch and Learn Series:
Easy Access Line of Credit for Small Business 
Jan 23rd 11:30 am-1 pm


Need a line of credit up to $50K? Then this luncheon is for you!

First Chicago Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community Bank, has put together a special program to give ICNC companies the access to capital that they need.
Seating is limited, so please rsvp today.
Member Announcements

       27th Ward Office moving

Alderman Walter Burnett's new office location has moved to 4 N. Western Avenue. The Chicago Avenue location is now closed. The office number remains 312-432-1995.

  •  All Natural Chicago Catering Company offers "Take Home Meals". We prepare a protein and 2 sides, hot and ready to eat, one night a week. These meals feed a family of 4 to 6 people, between $28 and $36. You pull up to 2032 W Fulton, or walk down the hall, at the prescribed time, and your meal will be delivered hot and ready to eat. Our last dinner was whole roasted all natural chicken,  lemon, garlic green beans and creamy Mac n Cheese. To find out more, go to, scroll to "Contact us" box on the right, fill out the form and include "Take home meals" in the comments box. You will then be added to that specific email list. You will receive announcements each time we offer these dinners. 
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.  


Click here to view available space.

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