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In This Issue:
Fulton Fest-Part Business Expo, Part Block Party
Let ICNC Help Find Your Next Employee
$ Back for Employee Training
Submit your infrastructure fix needs to ICNC
ICNC Events

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ICNC's Annual Boat Outing


Join us on Friday, July 25th for food, networking, and a cruise aboard the Spirit of Chicago at Navy Pier!  View Chicago's world-famous skyline from the lake while you connect with neighbors on a fun and relaxing afternoon getaway.



Registration includes a two-hour cruise, open bar, and hot buffet. RSVP now, before space fills up.


$65 for ICNC Members                 

$85 for non Members                        

$40 for FCC tenants   





July 25th, 2014  

3:00 p.m. - Registration opens

3:30 p.m. - Boarding begins

4:00 p.m. sharp - Boat leaves the dock




Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. 


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Training: Working with Your Forwarders, Brokers & Carriers 

Global Training Center's course on Managing your Forwarders, Brokers & Carriers gives participants a comprehensive overview of available international shipping options as well as helpful tools for evaluating and working with international logistics partners.


Sponsorship of the course fee is available for Illinois small business exporters through a grant from the Illinois DCEO; cost for other participants is $295.
Limited space available.


Wednesday, June 18th, 2014  

8:30 am-12:00 pm  

RSVP Here 


Provided in partnership with Global Training Center

Training: Export Documents and International Commercial Terms

The Export Documentation & International Commercial Terms training by Global Training Center provides essential insights into both of these important areas, enablng exporters to gain confidence in the documentation process and strategically use commercial terms to reduce risk in an export transaction.


Sponsorship of the course fee is available for Illinois small business exporters through a grant from the Illinois DCEO; cost for other participants is $295.
Limited space available.


Wednesday, August 6th, 2014  
8:30 to noon  
Provided in partnership with Global Training Center          



2nd Annual Fulton Fest-August 22

Part business expo, part block party. Fulton Fest is a chance to showcase the products and services on Chicago's Nearwest Side. Outdoor tents will be available to exhibit your products! Kids are welcomed, too. If you are interested in reserving a booth before space runs out, complete the interest form and we will keep you posted with additional details as they become available.

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Check out a few of this year's exhibitors below

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Last Chance to Sign-Up for ICNC's No-Cost Skills Training! 

The last training is June 18th! 3-hour session in Essential Skills for Managers is still 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
Looking for Capable Employees?
Thanks to Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust, ICNC's Business Employment Services (BES) program is expanding. We can link local business owners with a capable and available labor pool in and around Chicago's Near West Side. Services include posting the job ad, screening the candidates, and running background checks. Contact our new Workforce Development Coordinator, Nancy Kramer with how to get started.
Time is Running Out! Get $ Back for Employee Training Costs

Are you looking to enhance the skills of your current employees?  If so, this new program (administered by ICNC) may reimburse up to 85% of the cost of training. Whether you're industry is manufacturing, warehousing, construction, or food production. These grants are provided on a first-come, first-served basis to all eligible participants, at no cost.


For more information, contact Priscilla Torrence at (312) 421-3941 or 

ICNC Supports Features of Fulton Market Innovation District Plan
ICNC is generally in agreement with the recommendations put forth in the first published draft of the Fulton Market Innovation District plan, released by the Department of Planning and Development on May 20th. The plan takes crucial steps towards protecting the District's place as a robust center of industrial employment. The plan is available to read here.


ICNC supports the following plan recommendations:


Adopt the Fulton Market Innovation District land use guidelines.

The plan protects the district's existing industrial uses and Planned Manufacturing District while encouraging jobs-driven growth. A proposed "Subdistrict B" for the PMD raises concerns, however: more information is needed.


Invest in facilities for regional food products and businesses.

Creating a new incubator facility that specializes in food would provide an important support structure for burgeoning businesses. We also support the related recommendation to increase Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) and TIFWorks program funding.


Coordinate a series of public infrastructure investments.

We support the plan's recommendation to make much-needed infrastructure improvements in the area. These should be prioritized over streetscape beautification projects.


For more information on the Fulton Market Innovation District plan, contact Ben Spies at


Are You on the List?
Submit Infrastructure Upgrade Requests to ICNC
Curbs crumbling on your block? No Parking signs disappearing? Potholes swallowing cars? ICNC helps bring infrastructure upgrades to the Kinzie Corridor with our regular reports to Alderman Burnett and the Departments of Planning and Transportation. Make sure your infrastructure issue is "on the list" by contacting Ben at ICNC at


No Cost Small Business Summit
This free event will focus on helping small businesses learn how to successfully market their business online. We have an instructional presentation for you - and our ambassadors will be available to answer your questions after the presentation. Registration and refreshments beginning at 10:00am. Register here. For additional information please feel free to contact Eleanor Tucker, Manager - Small Business Summits, (904) 251-6189, E-mail,

IMD Blue Line Stop to get $23M Upgrade

City Council recently approved a measure to make major improvements to the Illinois Medical District stop on the CTA Blue Line, just south of the Kinzie Corridor at 430 S. Damen.  The station, which has seen a 53% ridership increase in the last five years, will receive platform and building upgrades and the addition of an elevator.  The $23 million project will be paid for by TIF funds from the Central West district in which it is located.  There are currently no plans to port funds from the nearby Kinzie Industrial Corridor TIF District.


Available Space
Fulton-Carroll Center Space Available Now
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