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Insurance Seminar
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                December 2015      
ICNC Holiday Party - Last Chance!
Join ICNC for our end-of-the year celebration at the Garfield Park Conservatory. ICNC's holiday party is our largest and most popular event. After working hard all year, take some time to meet your neighbors and fellow business owners over drinks and appetizers.
Photos courtesy of REP3 Photography

Thursday, December 10
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Garfield Park Conservatory - 300 N. Central Park Ave.
RSVP required.
                Thanks to our sponsor:

Taking the Mystery Out of Business Insurance
The world of business insurance involves many aspects of risk. Learn how to identify insurance risks in the business world and dodge potential "bullets" by protecting your business. Afterwards, the presenter will be available for one-on-one consultations if you have questions or want to bring your existing policy for review. Appointments are limited and are available on a first-come first-served basis. There will also be a $25 Amazon gift card drawing. 

Our speaker, Anna Maria-Viti-Welch of Guy Viti Insurance has over 25 years of experience with sales, business development and management in the business insurance industry.

Thursday, January 14
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (seminar)
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM (one-on-one consultation)
Location: ICNC - 320 N. Damen Ave.
Register here. Bring your brown bag lunch.
To reserve a one-on-one appointment, email Dionne Moore at
Webinar: Critical IT Security Protections
Learn some of the critical policies and protections you should have in place to protect your company against hackers and cyber criminals. IT firm and ICNC member MXOtech will reveal the #1 security threat to your business that anti-virus, firewalls and other security protocols cannot protect against. This is of particular importance for those companies that handle any sensitive data such as credit card and financial information, or who simply want to avoid having their bank account wiped out due to a cyber-attack.

Wednesday, January 20

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Register here.
Employee Training Reimbursements Return to ICNC
ICNC has recently received funds through TIFWorks 50/50, an employee training reimbursement program issued by the City of Chicago. Funds will be available starting January 1, 2016. Applicants must be located within the Kinzie Industrial TIF boundaries. All training must be pre-approved by the city. Stay tuned for more information.  For more information, contact Hannah Jones at
New Online Member Directory!
ICNC has revamped its online member directory! You can search an extensive list of member companies on ICNC's website to find products and services to fit your company's needs. Directory profiles feature business descriptions, product photos, and member-to-member deals. If you are a member who would like to set up your directory profile to market your business, please refer to the email sent to you directly for step-by-step directions. For more information, contact Hannah Jones at
Member Spotlight: Jarvis Corp.
Jarvis Corp. is a manufacturer of LED light fixtures in the ICNC Incubator. Owner Kirby Corkill started the business four years ago. He had a relative who is an electrician who could not find a good, cost-effective LED light, so he decided to build them himself. Jarvis Corp. focuses on production of high quality, cost-effective commercial lighting. They have a wide product line that serves many applications, including gas stations, parking lots, security lighting, and other industrial uses. They have recently launched a new top tier gas station canopy light, the CPL-400. Their products are designed to be simple and durable, providing the greatest value to their customers. 

Jarvis Corp. moved to the ICNC incubator in 2012. They started with 2,900 square feet and have grown to over 16,000 square feet. Moving into the incubator space allowed for increased production while maintaining strict quality controls. Click here to read more about their story.
Featured Incubator Space
A rare incubator space with a private bathroom and kitchen has recently become available. This 1,190 square feet space provides additional convenience for employees and clients. To inquire about this space or to view other available spaces, click here.

Welcome New ICNC Staff
We would like to welcome Jennifer Holmes to the ICNC team. Jennifer will serve as the organization's first Director of Development. She has the responsibility of leading the organization's fundraising initiatives to build long-term, sustainable sources of funding so we can expand our programs and services in response to the needs of the companies. She joins the ICNC team with over 20 years of combined professional experience in higher education, corporate, and in the non-profit sectors.
Do You Need Help Hiring?
As a small business owner managing your day-to-day operations, you may not have the time to post an ad, screen resumes, or call people in for interviews. ICNC can do this for you and more. For more information, contact Nancy Kramer at
Professional Development Opportunity      
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.
Welcome New ICNC Incubator Company
Khloros - Khloros is a boutique interior landscape firm specializing in plant rental, plant maintenance, and commercial holiday decorating, for your offices and buildings.
Member Announcements and News
Das Foods - An ICNC incubator gourmet food business is for sale. It is an excellent starter business or an expansion of your existing food business. After nine great years in business, the owner is moving out of state. Financial statements are available upon request. Please contact the owner (Katie) at 224-715-9289 or
In Case You Missed It...
Thank you to all who attended the December Lunch and Learn on Tax Planning. Presenter Lorenzo Fiol of Micro Tax & Accounting provided effective tax planning tips on how to implement a robust tax plan for the end of this year and going into 2016. For those who were not able to attend, click here for a copy of the presentation.
ICNC Incubator Space Available      
Enjoy a thriving entrepreneurial environment and immediate access to ICNC's services. Click here to view more available spaces.Space
For more info call 312-421-3941 or email