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May 2018
It's Cruising Time!
I CNC will be hosting its Annual Boat Cruise aboard the Anita Dee II!
If you're interested in an afternoon of relaxing and an opportunity to build great new relationships, the ICNC Boat Cruise is where you'll want to be. The cruise experience will include an open bar and refreshments.

Last year's event SOLD OUT! Take advantage of earlybird pricing until May 10th. 
*If you are an ICNC tenant or member, please contact 
Hannah Jones for  a registration cod e.  

Thursday, July 19th
2:30 PM - 4:30 (Sailing)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (At the dock)
DuSable Harbor - 150 N. Lake Shore Dr.
The HR Corner 
Are you ready to hire staff but lack the time to screen resumes? Our workforce development department can assist you! We provide quality and streamlined services that connect a skilled and qualified workforce with employment, as well as a variety of labor market services to meet the needs of your business. Learn more.

- On May 9th from 2:00 - 4:00 PM, the  Chicago Jobs Council  will host  Employer Engagement with Candidates with Criminal Backgrounds at ICNC  to  discuss solutions and strategies for employing individuals with criminal records. It can often be challenging to find and hire job seekers. A happy hour at  Rhine Hall Distillery   will follow.  Register here!

- "I ask the question once: 'Does your background affect your ability to do your job?' And that's the end of it," says Jonathan Miller, owner of former Make City company Element Bars. Read more about  a solution to labor shortages in Crain's  here

- Urban Autism Solutions is seeking small businesses to offer employment opportunities to ready-to-work candidates. For more information, contact
- The City of Chicago's  minimum wage will increase to $12 an hour starting July 1st. The raise is part of the city's planned phase-in process from 2015 to 2019. See more details  here

- Your business can r eceive money back for Chicago residents for full-time positions ! For more information, contact Hannah Jones .
City to Host Planning Meeting for Kinzie Industrial Corridor at ICNC
The  Department of Planning and Development  invites the public to participate in a planning meeting for the  Kinzie Industrial CorridorPart of  Mayor Emanuel's Industrial Corridor Modernization Initiative , the meeting will include an overview of existing conditions and the upcoming process to update area zoning and allowed uses.

Wednesday, May 16th
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
ICNC - 320 N. Damen Ave.
Make City Mentions
- Andy Bizub, an ICNC Board Member, of Midwest Performance Cars   and Snap36 , who are both ICNC Member companies, have teamed up! MPC's Porsche 911 project car was featured at Snap36's grand opening party to shoot on their new, full-size turntable to produce a one-on-a-kind, spinnable image of the car. Read more about it here

- Two owners of Make City companies, Shannon Griffith of Green Diaper Babies and Joe Weidman of , recently traveled to Washington D.C. for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Alumni Conference. Read about what they learned and advice they received here
Entrepreneurship Education
ICNC houses an Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and an Illinois SBDC International Trade Center (ITC) that offer free business advising to all local small business owners. For business advising, please contact Merly Thomas, and for international trade advising, please contact Lauro Arias
FBI Advice: How to Travel Safe and Secure - May 10

Details of Exporting: International Commercial Terms and Export Production Classification - May 23
Available Make City Space
Enjoy a thriving entrepreneurial community and immediate access to ICNC's advising, export, and advocacy services.
Click here to view the available spaces.    
Upcoming Food Workshops
The Hatchery, a collaboration between ICNC and Accion Chicago to bring education, capital, and support to the Chicagoland food entrepreneur community, has upcoming food workshops.  

Technical assistance to food entrepreneurs made possible by our sponsors Bank of America and the United States Small Business Administration.
For more information, call 312-421-3941 or email .