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The Illinois Small Business Development Center International Trade Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, and the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC). Reasonable accomodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please contact the center at (312)433-2373.

September 2019
Make City Incubator Tour + BBQ
Join us for this year's Make City Incubator Tour & BBQ!

It's a fantastic opportunity to see what's happening on the West Side of Chicago at ICNC's Make City incubator. Make City is home to over 100 small businesses from many industries including food and beverage, apparel, beauty and hair care, creative services, and more! 

Come join one of our three tour groups for the day and take a peek at what happens behind the red doors and what goes into modern urban manufacturing. 

Thursday, September 26th
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
320 N. Damen Ave.
Apply Now for Cohort #2 of the Impact Culinary Training Program!
The application for the second cohort of Impact Culinary Training is open! The program aims to provide young adults ages 16-24 with 8 weeks of culinary training in the kitchen, followed by 4 weeks of experience working in a restaurant during an internship. There is a priority application deadline of September 27th. The session will take place from November 4th to February 7th, including class breaks for holidays. Information sessions for potential students, community organizations, and partners are every Tuesday at 11 AM at The Hatchery (135 N. Kedzie).

You can help by sharing this flyer and referring any motivated young adults who are interested in launching their culinary career! News about the program: NBCBlock Club Chicago, and WBEZ.
Kinzie Framework Plan Passes Zoning Committee
The Kinzie Framework Plan  and the proposed boundary and use changes to the Kinzie Industrial Corridor's Planned Manufacturing District (PMD) was passed today by the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks, and Building Standards! The Plan will be presented at the September 18th City Council meeting for final vote. ICNC continues to support the adoption of the Kinzie Framework Plan and its proposal to retain the PMD and livable-wage jobs located near Chicago's city center. For questions regarding the plan or how to share your support for its adoption, contact Hannah
Entrepreneurship Education at ICNC

The Illinois Small Business Development Center International Trade Center at ICNC is hosting no-cost workshops!

Financial Planning for the Small Business Owner
September 12th
Learn about managing both personal and business finances as a savvy entrepreneur.

Intro to SBA Lending for Small Business
September 19th
Learn about financing options for your small business through SBA programs. 

eCommerce Payment Essentials
E-commerce remains a new and exciting way to conduct business. In this workshop, you'll learn how to successfully and efficiently accept payments both domestically and abroad, as well as avoid common pitfalls.

Wednesday, September 18th
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Make City Mentions
Here are some of the exciting happenings at ICNC's urban manufacturing incubator Make City:

- Catan Pisco was named the winner of Best in Show and Double Gold Medals at the San Diego Spirits Festival.

- Meliora Cleaning Products, a Certified B Corporation, has been named a Best For The World honoree in recognition of their significant positive impact on their community.

- Netizen, a nonprofit created by studiothread and Branger_Briz, hosted a series of conversations about data and the world we live in at the ICNC office. Take a look at the videos. 

- Passion House Coffee Roasters has cafes in Logan Square and Politan Row, and they recently opened a new location in Goose Island.

- New product launches: Astor + Banks, Chicago Comb Co., and studiomalt.
The HR Corner 
- Are you ready to hire staff but lack the time to screen resumes? Our workforce development department can assist you!  Learn more.

- West Side United is planning to distribute grants to West Side businesses and nonprofits that seek to strengthen their communities. The application is open from September 9 - October 31st and our partner Accion is the fiscal agent. Learn more.  

- Your business can receive money back for hiring full-time Chicago residents through the TIFWorks 50/50 Program! For more information, contact Hannah.
To discuss your HR needs, please contact Nancy or Priscilla in our Workforce Development Department!
Grow Your Business @ Make City!
Enjoy a thriving entrepreneurial community and immediate access to ICNC's advising, export, and advocacy services at ICNC's Make City incubator alongside 100 other small businesses.
Click here to view the available spaces.    
Upcoming Food Workshops
*Certain workshops are free for members of the West Side communities (Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale, and West Humboldt).
For more information, call ( 312)421-3941 or email .