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In This Issue:
Food & Beverage Export Resource Forum
Let ICNC Help Find Your Next Employee
$ Back for Employee Training
Computer Classes Returning
Member Announcements
Lean Manufacturing for Food Companies
Neighborhood Events
Available Space
ICNC Events

Food & Beverage Industry Export Resource Forum


Thursday, November 6th

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hosted by ICNC

320 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60612

Drinks and networking to follow


Illinois food producers, as well as equipment manufacturers and other foodservice and restaurant industry suppliers, have a wealth of support options available for expanding their international sales. This informational forum, panel discussion, and networking opportunity will map out the export resources available to food and beverage industry companies, including specialized market entry assistance and grant programs. Learn from experts as well as from successful small business food industry exporters about going global!


Panelists to include:

  • Illinois DCEO Office of Trade & Investment
  • Illinois Department of Agriculture
  • US Commercial Service
  • Food Export Midwest
  • Successful local foodservice & food industry exporters
For more information on this complimentary event, contact Laura Flamm at or 312-421-3941. To register, click here.

Looking for Capable Employees?

Thanks to Searle Funds from the Chicago CommunityTrust,


 ICNC's Business Employment Services (BES) program has expanded. We link local business owners with a capable and available labor pool in and around Chicago's Near West Side. Services include posting job ads, screening candidates, and running background checks. For more information, contact Nancy Kramer at (312) 421-3941 or

EMT Training for Women
ICNC's EMT Training Program
ICNC's EMT Training Program

ICNC is pleased to announce recruitment will open soon for our 2015 Emergency Medical Technician training course. This seven-month program will begin in March 2015, with applications open to female, head of household, working women currently earning $10-$40K (or recently unemployed), with clean driving and criminal histories. Up to 100% tuition assistance is available to all students. Watch this video clip to learn more about the classes. For more information, contact Priscilla Torrence at (312) 421-3941 or 

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

Beware of Scam: Thefts During False Job Applications


An ICNC Member recently encountered a criminal scam in which the perpetrator enters a business asking to apply for a job.  When the front office staffer retrieves an application or is otherwise away from their desk, the perpetrator steals cell phones or other valuables and flees.  Please be aware of this possibility and advise your employees to keep a close watch on their valuables at all times.

Member Announcements

Fulton-Carroll Center tenant Unison will hold its Fall Warehouse Sale at 2000 W. Carroll Ave. October 25th & 26th, 11am to 6pm.  For more information, visit the event Facebook page.


Fulton-Carroll Center tenant Grucza Studios recently completed restoration of a beautiful bronze grille by renowned architect Louis H. Sullivan.  Read more about the project and see pictures here.


13,500 s.f. Industrial Building for Lease near Division and Homan

ICNC Member Choi Brothers is seeking an industrial tenant for a stand-alone building on its campus. Two overhead doors, high ceilings, three offices plus conference room.  Additional parking and storage may be available.  For more information, call Unah Choi at (773) 435-2000.




Other Events

Attention Food Companies: Breakfast Forum on Lean Manufacturing for Food-Related Industries 


Friday, September 26th 

7:30 AM - 9:30 PM

US Bank Building, 11th Floor

1000 E. 111th St., Chicago, IL 



The Calumet Area Industrial Commission and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center will be hosting a breakfast briefing September 26th to explore the basic concepts of lean manufacturing in a food-focused operation. Learn how your company can reach optimal levels of efficiency as well as the steps to send your company down a path to continuous improvement. 


Cost: $10 CAIC/IMEC members, $15 non-members

To register, please click here.

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, marketing, developing business plans, expanding your customer base, and more.
  • Have your voice heard on issues affecting business in the Kinzie Corridor.
  • Be the first to know about programs and grants to put money back in your pocket!
  • Receive discounts on events like our Annual Boat Outing and Fulton Fest.

Contact Ben Spies about membership today.

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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