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Foreign Exchange
Export Workshop
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September 2017
Top 5 Finalists Chosen!
Make City Small Business Pitch Event - October 5th
In collaboration with Groupon, ICNC celebrates its 50th year by  promoting Chicago small businesses and hosting the Make City Sma ll Business Pitch Event.  

The top 5 finalists that have been chosen are The Chow Brothers, Englewood BrewsLuna Lights, Meliora Cleaning Products, and Tea Squares. They  will pitch their ideas on October 5th in front of a live audience! 

Thursday, October 5th
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: ICNC - 320 N. Damen Ave.

Find Out What Happens at the ICNC Incubator!
Incubator Open House - September 20th
Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind opportunity to see one of the oldest and largest incubators in the country!  ICNC's 416,000 square foot incubator is home to over 100 small businesses from many industries including food and beverage, apparel, creative services, and more! L earn about their products and services and meet the entrepreneurs as you explore the building at your own pace or take part in a guided tour.

Help us celebrate our 50th anniversary and learn about future plans for the incubator. Join us afterwards at a BBQ for networking and socializing.
Wednesday, September 20th
Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: ICNC - 320 N. Damen Ave.
Register now!

International Payment Methods and Foreign Exchange Transactions - September 13th
Learn about the various types of international payment methods, managing risk in Foreign Exchange transactions, and explore which options make the most sense for your business. This workshop will offer timely and strategic advice on how to maximize your products' international sales potential and profit by strategically leveraging the right financial tools.

Wednesday, September 13th
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: ICNC - 320 N. Damen Ave.

Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global & ICNC Export Workshop at KOVAL Distillery -  September 19th
The WEGG & ICNC Export Workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of what it takes to successfully export products. Sonat Birnecker Hart, co-founder of KOVAL Distillery and winner of the 
Exporter of the Year 2016  award, will discuss, "The Top 3 Export Lessons Learned from a Chicago Distillery." Small business owners, entrepreneurs, and attendees will get a chance to meet in person to stimulate a discussion around the benefits and challenges to exporting. Our goal with the workshop is to unlock export potential in each person's business. Workshop followed by a short tour of the KOVAL Distillery. 
Tuesday, September 19th
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: KOVAL Distillery  - 4241 N. Ravenswood Ave.
ePayments - October 25th
Interested in better managing your business cash flow and payables?  Join us to hear about ways to automate your payables process.  Representatives from Chase will talk through the ePayables opportunity, steps to determine an optimal payment strategy, how accounts payable card payment and virtual card payments work, as well as the key to maximum spend capture and creating supplier value.
Wednesday, October 25th
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location:  ICNC  - 320 N. Damen Ave.
Lunch will be provided.
Welcome New ICNC Incubator Companies!
Balance Community - Balance Community is a  retail company specializing in slackline and highline specific gear and merchandise. Slacklining is a balance sport started by rock climbers that uses climbing gear to create tension on a rope between two objects that can be walked on.

Peter Field - Peter Field is a menswear tailoring and alterations company with locations in Downtown Chicago and in the Flatiron District in New York City. From the same Chicago studio as Peter Field comes Faye Sessions, a womenswear and bridal alterations shop. All shops operate by appointment, which can be made through each website. 
Member Spotlight - Snap36
Snap36 is a company that provides cost effective 360 degree and 3D product imagery. The company was opened in 2008 by Jeff Hunt and his wife, with a relaunch in 2012 when Jeff took over as CEO.  For the third consecutive year, Snap36 is ranked on the Inc. 500/5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies. 

They work with companies in a wide variety of industries from automotive, consumer goods, fashion, home goods, industrial, and more. Learn more about Snap36 here .
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.
Receive Money Back For Hiring
Receive money back for hiring full-time Chicago residents! For more information, contact Hannah Jones at
Available Incubator Space
Enjoy a thriving entrepreneurial community and immediate access to ICNC's advising, export, and advocacy services.
Click here to view the available spaces.    
For more information, call 312-421-3941 or email .