In This Issue:
Free Computer Classes Are Back!
$ Back for Employee Training
ICNC Members Participating In Chicago Ideas Week
Goose Island to Offer Tours and Tastings
Request Bike Parking Via CDOT's Online Tool
Let ICNC Help Find Your Next Employee
Thefts During False Job Applications
EMT Training for Women
Member Announcements
Available Space
Free Computer Classes Are Back!
ICNC's no-cost computer training will begin October 20th! Get trained in Microsoft Excel, QuickBooks, PhotoShop, Word Press Website Design, Digital Media and more! To view the training schedule and register, please click here. For more information, contact Priscilla Torrence at (312) 421-3941 or [email protected].

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 [email protected]

ICNC Members Participating In Chicago Ideas Week
Three ICNC Members will be hosting labs the week of October 13th as part of Chicago Ideas Week. Also, ICNC's own Nancy Kramer is on the panel of The Chicago Community Trust & IDEO: Where Is Your Bench? She was asked to join after being a part of On The Table 2014, which was was designed to commemorate the Trust's 99th anniversary and to generate new ideas, inspire bold solutions and cultivate relationships and collaborations to improve communities.


Monday, October 13, 2:00pm: "Flying at the Chicago Flyhouse"

Wednesday, October 15, 5:00pm: "Mix it Up With Brandy Cocktails" at Rhine Hall 

Sunday, October 19, 2:00pm: "Silk Screening for Good" at Rags of Honor 


For lab tickets and information, visit the Chicago Ideas Week website by clicking here. .

Goose Island to Offer Tours and Tastings
ICNC Member Goose Island Beer Co. will soon open its doors to tours and beer tastings following an interior renovation project at their Fulton Street brewery.  This looks to be a great opportunity for visitors to see (and sample!) some of the excellent work that goes on every day in the Kinzie Corridor.  Read more about the project and see pictures here


Goose Island will also offer free behind-the-scenes brewery tours as part of Open House Chicago the weekend of October 18-19. 

Request Bike Parking Via CDOT's Online Tool
We have received a number of inquiries from ICNC Members about how to request bike racks to be installed near their businesses.  Please use this online tool to request new bike racks to be installed by the Chicago Department of Transportation.  Requests with many backers are more likely to be installed, so if you see an existing bike parking request at a location you like, show some support with comments and the "support" button.
Looking for Capable Employees?

Thanks to Searle Funds from the Chicago CommunityTrust,


ICNC's Business Employment Services (BES) program has expanded.  A lot of small business owners just don't have the time or resources to find qualified job candidates. Let ICNC take on the task of finding well-prepared employees. We have relationships with over 80 community based organizations. 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. Employers and job seekers can get more info here.


For more information, contact Nancy Kramer at (312) 421-3941 or [email protected].

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.

EMT Training for Women (tuition-free)
ICNC's EMT Training Program
ICNC's EMT Training Program

 ICNC is pleased to announce recruitment has opened 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.


To register, click here.


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View Program Feature Video (Interchange Productions LLC)

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




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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