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ICNC in Crain's
HR Lunch and Learn
QuickBooks Connect
Digital Manufacturing
Food Entrepreneurship
Export Grant
Chicago Innovation
Member Spotlight
Affordable Care Act
Development Opps
Member Announcements
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                  July 2015      
ICNC Opinion on Event Venues in PMDs in Crain's
ICNC Executive Director Steve DeBretto explains in Crain's Chicago Business how illegal event venues in industrial districts are eliminating viable real estate stock for manufacturers and wholesalers. Read the article here..
      HR Lunch and Learn - Interviewing Techniques  

As an employer or hiring manager, you have probably conducted countless interviews while trying to fill jobs. Were your interviews as effective as they could have been? The truth is, there is always room to improve interviewing  skills. Hear from ICNC Members Maureen Kennedy of Standard Equipment and Valerie Silk-Kremenak with Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and  Wine, about phone, behavioral, and technical interview techniques.


Wednesday, July 15th
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: ICNC - 320 N. Damen Ave.
Register here. Bring your brown bag lunch.
QuickBooks Connect Event

QuickBooks Connect presents a one day-long session that will feature interactive workshops on marketing, finance, and managing your business. It will also include expert speakers, local small business owners, and successful entrepreneurs who will share insider tips, things to avoid, and what helped them thrive. Don't forget your business cards because QuickBooks Connect is all about helping you connect with small business owners just like yourself. As an ICNC client, you can attend for free using code QBCHI.

Thursday, July 16th  
Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: The Geraghty - 2520 S Hoyne Ave.
Digital Manufacturing And The Workforce  

1000 Jobs and supporting partner DMDII will host Digital Manufacturing and Workforce: Looking at Our Local Industry's Future. The event will include an interactive panel discussion - moderated by David Boulay, President of the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) - on the intersection of advanced and digital manufacturing, workforce development, and a first hand look at the technologies driving factories of the future.


Manufacturers will also have the opportunity to tour the DMDII facility and hear about ways that they can get involved with the Institute.


Thursday, July 23rd

Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location:  DMDII - 1333 N Hickory Ave

To RSVP, contact Sara Hocking at 312-201-4531 or [email protected].  

Introduction to Food Entrepreneurship

Do you have an idea of a food business you want to create, but have only just started to research what is required? Then this is the session for you. In partnership with Bank of America,  and presented by Now We're Cookin', this seminar is designed to get you started down the path of developing a plan and operating your business.  


It includes an overview of licensing and other start-up requirements, the different requirements for various types of food businesses, and helps you assess your readiness to be an entrepreneur.


Thursday, July 30th

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: ICNC - 320 N. Damen Ave.

Register here.



Metro Chicago Exports Grant - Deadline July 31st     

Metro Chicago Exports has announced the launch of a Grant Program to help small and mid-sized businesses grow in international trade to meet the rising demand in emerging markets. The Grant Program, presented by JP Morgan Chase & Co., will award grants up to $5,000 to businesses throughout Northeastern Illinois to help cover costs associated with the company's next steps in going global. Click here to learn more and to apply.

Have You Developed a New Product or Service?

For the 14th year, the Chicago Innovation Awards will be celebrating the most innovative new products and services introduced in the Chicago region.  Nominees and winners can cut across all industries, from large corporations to new start-ups, for-profit and non-profit, public and private sector, high tech and low tech. The key is innovation. Nominations can be submitted here. The deadline is July 31st.

Member Spotlight: Rhine Hall Distillery   

Located on West Fulton Street inside the ICNC incubator, Rhine Hall makes handcrafted fruit brandies. It opened almost 2 years ago and is Chicago's first and only family-run distillery. It is owned and operated by father-daughter team Charlie and Jenny Solberg, who shared a dream to produce local spirits. Jenny and her father spent some time in Austria, where apple trees are abundant. So they learned it from the locals and it became a hobby-turned-business. In his spare time, he played hockey at a rink called Rhine Hall, hence the inspiration for the name.


They have been trying new fruit brandies and infusions, and have added several new additions to their product line including mango, plum, and now pear brandy. Visit their tasting room and check out one of their delicious offerings. Click here to hear more of Rhine Hall's story and to get a glimpse of their amazing space. Rhine Hall can be found at various retail locations throughout Illinois.

Affordable Care Act Webinar      
This webinar will focus on what the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses. It will focus on both federal and state provisions to help local small business owners understand how the law will affect them. To learn more and to register, click here.
Thursday, July 30th
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
Development Opportunities      
CASE: Chicago Anchors for a Strong EconomyCASE fosters strategic relationships between anchor institutions (universities, cultural institutions, hospitals, government, businesses, etc.) and small businesses who can supply their needs. The upcoming manufacturing cohort will take place on July 16, July 30 and August 30.  Current CASE anchor needs include: machinery and equipment, printing and binding services, janitorial supplies, contract manufacturing, and more. Congratulations to ICNC incubator companies, Jarvis Corp. and Rags of Honor on being accepted into the manufacturing cohort. To apply now for the manufacturing cohort, click here.

10,000 Small Businesses:  Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a no-cost program that provides business owners with practical business education, a supportive network of advisors and peers, and access to capital. Through the program, owners will receive the tools and support to develop a customized growth plan to take the business to the next level. For more information and to apply, click here

Business Workshops: The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers workshops every Wednesday and Friday. Workshops vary each month and are conducted by City Officials, experts, and partner business organizations. All workshops are free, and open to the public. To view the business workshop calendar, click here.

Member Announcements

SOLID Development - A Chicago based product design firm located in the ICNC Incubator, announces new Contract Manufacturing services that can lower the risk and cost of a new product launch. They can  write the Quality Plan, source/manage the supply chain, and oversee final assembly and packaging in their own facility. No minimums. Contact Jim Orrico for more information.


Design Harvest - Design Harvest will now be Grand Art & Design Festival.  The event is seeking local sponsors, exhibitors, fine artists, artisans, jewelry designers, clothing designers, crafters, and furniture designers. Contact [email protected] for more information.  


September 26th - 27th

Time: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Location: On Grand Ave. between Wood & Western
ICNC Incubator Space Available      
Enjoy competitive rent, a thriving entrepreneurial environment, and immediate access to ICNC's services. The space shown includes sealed floors, sealed ceiling, and a private freight elevator,  Click here to view more available spaces.
For more info call 312-421-3941 or email [email protected]