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Giving Tuesday
Holiday Party
Hatchery Groundbreaking
New SBDC Director
Trade Workshop
Member Spotlight
Food Workshops
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November 2017
Giving Tuesday
November 28th
A former Executive Director and Development Professional, Cheryl
Crockett, owner of Crockett Cookies , has found her sweet spot in baking home-style butter cookies. In 2013, Cheryl began baking in her home kitchen. As the sales of her cookies grew, she moved to a shared kitchen, and eventually to Make City (the manufacturing incubator of the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago). Since moving into Make City, Cheryl's bakery has created 6 jobs which include positions in administration, product delivery, baking, and quality control.  
While Cheryl is relatively new to the baking industry, her floor manager and lead baker, Rashid hails from a family of professional bakers. Rashid has been employed with Crockett Cookies for nearly three years and aspires to solidify his career in baking by earning a union certification for baking.

Donors who make a gift of $100 or more will have a chance to win a pair of standing room tickets to see the Blackhawks face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 22, 2018 at the United Center! Tickets compliments of Jonathan
Mayotte, Thornton Powell Insurance, .

Learn more about Giving Tuesday here! Can't wait? Give now!
ICNC's Annual Holiday Party
December 5th
Win tickets to a Chicago Blackhawks game and more! Click  here  for more details .
Click below to watch the video invitation:
The Hatchery Chicago Groundbreaking
On October 24th, ICNC, Accion, The City of Chicago, and other partners of The Hatchery Chicago broke ground on the project at the corner of Lake St. and Kedzie Ave. in East Garfield Park. Learn more about The Hatchery and how to get involved here .

See pictures from the event here
Meet ICNC's New IL SBDC Director
We would like to introduce our new Illinois Small Business Development Center Director, Jim Harbin! Jim will be in charge of assisting small businesses in all areas and at all stages. Stop by the office or send an email to meet Jim!
International Trade Workshop
Export Compliance - November 16th - Whether you are exploring the idea of exporting or are ready to ship your products to international markets, this day-long workshop about export compliance with Mike Allocca of Allocca Enterprises will deliver the information you need! 
Member Spotlight - TDC MMA + Fitness
TDC MMA + Fitness is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, and group fitness lifestyle academy on the Nearwest side of Chicago. TDC MMA + Fitness offers classes for all experience levels, from beginners to professionals, as well as an anti-bullying class that teaches kids self-defense and discipline in an encouraging environment. All of their trainers have been practicing their art for years and bring a wide variety of expertise. Learn more about TDC MMA + Fitness from Tim Allegretti, Director of Strength & Conditioning, 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.  
Starting A Food Business - December 11
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 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.    
For more information, call 312-421-3941 or email .