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In This Issue:
Fulton Fest-Tents Are Going Fast!
Boat Outing Recap
OTI Announces Foreign Trade Mission Schedule
ICNC's Crime Notification Service
3D Printer and Laser Engraver Available for Contract Work
Let ICNC Help Find Your Next Employee
$ Back for Employee Training
Available Space
ICNC Events
Fulton Fest is Friday, August 22nd
Last Chance to Register!

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!


Friday, August 22nd

2:00pm to 7:00pm

Fulton Street, between Damen and Hoyne

Free to attend!

Photos courtesy of REP3 




Check out a few of this year's exhibitors below


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In Case You Missed The Fun


With a bit of luck, the weather cooperated for yet another successful ICNC Boat Outing on July 25th.  Thank you to everyone who came aboard!


Photo courtesy REP3 Photography

Street Closures for Fulton Fest and Chicago Fire


Please be advised: Fulton Street will be closed between Damen and Hoyne on Friday August 22nd for ICNC's annual Fulton Fest event.  The closure will be in effect from 10:00am to 10:00pm, and we respectfully ask that parked cars be removed from the block by 8:00am.


In addition, the producers of Chicago Fire have sought a street closure permit for the following day, Saturday August 23rd, for a film shoot.  This closure may affect four to five blocks of Fulton Street between Ashland and Leavitt at different times throughout the day.  For more information, contact Assistant Location Manager Martin Hudson at 773-277-0693.

Illinois DCEO Office of Trade & Investment Announces 2014-2015 Foreign Trade Mission Schedule


Qualified Illinois small business exporters will have the opportunity to participate in 25 different foreign trade missions through the Illinois DCEO Office of Trade & Investment over the next year. The 2014-2015 trade mission line-up includes important venues for Chicago small businesses such as the Canadian Restaurant & Foodservices Association show in Toronto and ExpoPack Mexico in Mexico City. Participating companies still have the option to have up to 75% of travel costs covered through the ISTEP program. For more information, contact Laura Flamm, Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at ICNC Director, at and see the complete list of missions HERE.

Subscribe to ICNC's Crime Notification Service


Kinzie Corridor neighbors can help keep each other safe by keeping

each other informed.  Subscribe to ICNC's new crime notification email list to receive information on incidents in our neighborhood.


If you witness a crime in progress, call 911.  If you have recently experienced a crime incident, report it immediately to the police, and then consider sharing the information you have with your neighbors.  Email Ben at ICNC with the subject line "Crime Alert".



Please also attend your local CAPS meetings.  Find your police beat here and a schedule of your beat's CAPS meetings here.  District 12 Police can be reached at (312) 746-8396.

New Technology Available for Contract Work in the Fulton-Carroll Center


FCC tenant SOLID Development Corp recently acquired a MakerBot Replicator 3D printer, now available for product conceptualization and prototyping.  The machine can print in a variety of plastic grades to exact specifications.  Email Adam at SOLID for information on utilizing the Replicator.

New tenant DropCatch has brought a computerized laser engraver to their unit in the Fulton-Carroll Center.  This machine can cut text and intricate designs into wood, soft metals, tough plastics, and more, and is large enough to handle several jobs at once.  Email Joe at DropCatch for information on utilizing the laser engraver


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.

Get $ Back for Employee Training Costs

Have you paid for staff training within the last year?  Would you like to be reimbursed for up to 50% of those training costs?  If so, act now to apply for the Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP).  Whether your industry is manufacturing, warehousing, construction, or food production various training could qualify for this training grant.  These grants are provided on a first-come, first-served basis to all eligible participants, at no cost.


For more information, contact Hannah Jones at (312) 421-3941 or


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 a brief survey about the classes you want to take.                           
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.

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