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                  February 2015      

       Annual Members' Meeting-February 26

The annual membership meeting is ICNC's premier issues-oriented gathering, and your chance to shape the organization's advocacy priorities. We want your input and participation on matters like development, regulation, transportation, and infrastructure. Enjoy networking, complimentary food and Goose Island Beer. The event is free, but RSVPs are required.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM 
Location: ICNC-320 N. Damen Ave.
Thanks to our sponsor:
       ICNC Incubator Featured in Chicago Tribune
ICNC and some of its tenants, Element Bars, Jarvis Corp., and tgin, were featured in the Chicago Tribune's Business section on February 9, 2015-Manufacturing making a comeback at Chicago incubator. Check out what's happening inside one of the world's largest business incubators.
       Good Food Festival and Conference      

The Good Food Festival and Conference will be held this March 19-21 at the UIC Forum. It's a food-oriented event with a local/sustainable emphasis and it brings together food businesses, investors, and policymakers as well as the public.


ICNC will have a booth on Friday. The event organizers have offered a $100 discount to any ICNC member or tenant who wishes to exhibit. To take advantage of the discount, please complete the registration forms and let them know of your ICNC affiliation. 

 Attend ICNC's No-cost Marketing Workshops
Take advantage of ICNC's marketing workshops to grow your business. Classes include: Intro to Digital Marketing, Social Media for Business, Email Marketing and more. Click here to learn more and to register.  
  Employment Ordinance Change-Ban the Box

For those employers who have an online or paper employment applications, you need to know about a new ordinance that took effect in Illinois on January 1, 2015. Illinois has joined the quickly growing number of states and cities that have passed "ban the box" legislation-so named for the the box found on most employment applications asking whether an applicant has ever been convicted of a crime. You will need to remove that question from paper and electronic applications.


Click here for more information on the ordinance.

 Global Business Landing Center has Launched 
ICNC has launched a unique new resource designed to accelerate foreign investment success and job creation in Chicago, the Global Business Landing Center.

The Global Business Landing Center at ICNC will not only offer flexible office space options to foreign entrepreneurs, but also provide services including US market analysis and business development support, legal services through its legal partner and coordination of other key operational aspects of launching a US subsidiary. Click here to learn more or contact [email protected] at ICNC with questions.

Member Spotlight: Chicagoland Beverage
Chicagoland Beverage Company (CBC) is a distributor of coffees, teas, and other non-alcoholic beverages based in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor.  Since it was established in 1989, CBC has grown to 40 employees servicing 32 states and is also a key distributor for Intelligentsia Coffee, another Chicago success story.  When faced with space challenges last year, CBC chose to remain in the corridor and built a new addition, improved its existing buildings, and repaved its loading/parking areas.  The expansion will enable the streamlining of processes by connecting its existing buildings.


CCO and CFO Sean Story said " ICNC has been integral in helping CBC obtain SBIF funding, class 6(b) eligibility, and New Market Tax Credit funding.  All of which have helped us fund our new addition, perform capital improvements to our existing project, and most importantly, given us the capacity to remain in our existing location and continue to expand our operations."  Chicagoland Beverage continues to demonstrate its commitment to the corridor and grow locally.

       Money Back for Training-Funds Almost Gone!
Receive up to 50% cost reimbursement for training using the Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP)! All training must be completed by 6/30/2015. Trainings going back as early as July 1, 2013 could qualify. These grants are provided on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost. For more information, contact Hannah Jones at  [email protected].
       Are You Looking for Employees?

Finding and developing skilled employees is always a top priority for managers. Through ICNC's Workforce Development Center, 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 [email protected].

       Member Announcements and Discounts
ICNC tenant Unison Home is looking to sell a Uline floor scale with ramp for $500.  Contact Robert for details at 312-492-7960. The current retail for such equipment is $2,020.  
       ICNC Industrial Space Available      
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
For more info call 312-421-3941 or email [email protected]