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In This Issue:
Fulton Fest-Tents Are Going Fast!
ICNC Tenants in Crain's
$ Back for Employee Training
ICNC Tenant Spotlight
Local CAPS Meeting
Claim Your Enterprise Zone Benefits
ICNC Events

You're invited to


ICNC's Annual Boat Outing


Space is filling up quickly! 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. 


Driving directions



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          
Fulton Fest is Right Around the Corner! 

Join us August 22 for our 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. Complete the exhibitor form and get your 10x10 tent before they run out!

Photos courtesy of REP3 




Check out a few of this year's exhibitors below

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Check Out a Few ICNC Tenants Featured in Crain's 
Crain's Chicago Business took a peek inside the incubator and had a visited some of the small businesses. See the photo gallery here.
No-Cost Computer Classes Coming Back!
ICNC's no-cost computer classes will be returning later this year! Get trained in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, QuickBooks, and more! Let us know what you'd like to be trained in. Click here to fill out brief survey regarding the classes you want to take.                           
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 your 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 

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.
IL International Trade Center Director, Laura Flamm
Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at ICNC presents to the Illinois Chapter of the US Green Building Council on International Opportunities in Green Building
On Thursday, June 19t, Laura Flamm, Illinois SBDC ITC Director at ICNC, presented as part of a panel at the Annual Meeting of the Illinois Chapter of the US Green Building Council. The event was hosted by McDonald's Corp. at their Oakbrook headquarters and attended by Illinois' active and growing green building community. She discussed the ITC's recent research on opportunities for US green building products and services in foreign markets, highlighting the demand for Illinois-based expertise in markets such as India, China, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates. Illinois was recently recognized as the state with the most LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) per square footage per capita.  The distinction places Illinois at the forefront of the movement for sustainable building design, construction and operation and positions Illinois-based small businesses to take advantage of international growth in the green building industry.


ICNC Tenant Spotlight: Scout Alarm

Scout Alarm is next-generation home security made sleek, smart, & affordable. Scout combines cutting-edge hardware design with intuitive, easy-to-use controls. Since Scout requires no wires or technicians, you can install it yourself and take it with you if you move.  Access it from anywhere; on your phone, tablet, or computer. Have a question? Find them at  Email them at [email protected]. 

Click to see available lots
Land and Buildings for Development: Look West

The Kinzie Corridor is growing, and as real estate options get more expensive on the east end, more and more companies are looking west for their new locations or expansions.  The quickly-developing area between Western and Kedzie Avenues could be the perfect new home for your business.  Several available industrial buildings are seeking new occupants, and the City is willing to write down the sale price of many publicly-owned lots for new development.   Most properties are eligible for TIF, Enterprise Zone, and 6B benefits.  Click the image below to see some City-owned lots available for development, or call or email Ben at ICNC to discuss your real estate options in the Kinzie Corridor.


Attend Your Local CAPS Meetings

With the increase in crime that comes with warm weather, it is important for members of our business community to remain engaged with the police via the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS).  CAPS meetings are held every other month and are organized by police beat.  Click the map below to find your beat, and click here for an updated calendar of meetings



Beat 1215: July 10th, 7PM, Goldblatt's Building (1615 W. Chicago)

Beat 1223: July 15th, 7PM, Westhaven Park Community Center (1939 W. Lake St.)

Beat 1224: August 6th, 6PM, Chicago Charter Bank (932 W. Randolph)

Beat 1222: August 12th, 6PM, MLK Boys & Girls Club (2950 W. Washington)



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Sales Tax Waiver on Building Materials: Claim Your Enterprise Zone Benefits!

You may not know it, but if your business is located in red on this interactive map, you may be entitled to forego the sales tax on materials you buy to improve your property (including lumber, windows, paint, concrete, and much more).  As part of an Enterprise Zone, virtually all of the Kinzie Corridor has been targeted for reinvestment.  The city and state make a number of development incentives available to Enterprise Zone companies to purchase and invest in their buildings, including a waiver on the real estate transfer tax.


Taking advantage of these incentives is easy!  The building materials sales tax waiver only requires a one-page form found here, while the real estate transfer tax can be waived as you close a property purchase. 


For assistance on claiming these benefits, call or email Ben at ICNC today!

Join ICNC Today!

There are many reasons to join the ICNC. Below are just a few.

  • Get customized, confidential assistance for both new & existing companies in obtaining financing/loans, marketing, developing business plans, expanding your customer base, etc.
  • Get your voice heard by ongoing advocacy for business interests in the Kinzie Corridor.
  • Be the first to know about government programs and grants to put money back in your pockets!
  • Also, members get discounts on events such as our Annual Boat Outing and Fulton Fest.

Contact Ben Spies regarding membership today.

Rest in Peace H. James "Jim" Murray
H. James Murray, 3rd generation past owner of Mellish & Murray, has passed away. Jim was instrumental in transforming the old Wolf Plumbing Building into a business incubator center, now the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC). An unshakable business of Chicago's near west side, Mellish and Murray's management has worked to protect industrial and business interests, and promote economic development. Our thoughts go out to his family.
Available Space
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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