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Boat Cruise
Procurement 101
Make City Pitch Event
#ILGive Results
Amazon Smile
Incubator Spotlight
New Incubator Co's.
Food Workshops
Minimum Wage
Development Opps.
Training Funds
ICNC Space Available
Alderman's Meeting
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June 2017
Annual Boat Cruise - July 19th
ICNC will be hosting its Annual Boat Cruise aboard the Anita Dee II with a special performance by the Jamiah Rogers Band in celebration of our 50th anniversary! Connect with other ICNC companies as the boat cruises around Lake Michigan while enjoying beverages and light refreshments.  All ticket sales will go to support ICNC's no-cost business development services. 
Wednesday, July 19th
Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: The Anita Dee II at DuSable Harbor - 150 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Procurement 101: Helping Small Businesses Supply Large Institutions - July 13th
Small businesses are often interested in contracts with large buyers like universities and corporations, but may not understand the challenges in the procurement process or how to manage opportunities and risks. Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE) educates small businesses on the procurement process of large institutions in the Chicago area.

Thursday, July 13th
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: ICNC - 320 N. Damen Ave.
Bring your own lunch.

Equity Crowdfunding Basics - July 26th
Since 2016, companies have had the option of using Equity Crowdfunding to raise capital in IL. This workshop will review both the intrastate and interstate equity crowdfunding opportunities and requirements. It will take you through the entire process from creating and marketing a campaign to understanding post campaign compliance.

Wednesday, July 26th
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: ICNC - 320 N. Damen Ave.
Win $ For Your Small Business! 
In collaboration with Groupon, ICNC celebrates its 50th year by promoting Chicago small businesses and hosting the Make City Small Business Pitch Event.  Have an idea to start or e xpand your business? Finalists will pitch it to us on October 5th and have a chance to win...  Open to all Chicago consumer goods small businesses! Apply hereThe deadline to apply is June 30th. Not applying, but want to attend? Register here!
#ILGiveCommunity Results
From May 30th to May 31st, thanks to our 27 donors, ICNC raised $1,425 through our #ILGiveCommunity campaign! We are glad to see the support for the work that we, and all in our community of small businesses, are doing. Together, we are supporting Chicago's entrepreneurs! 
ICNC is on Amazon Smile!
Do you shop on Amazon? Of course you do! Visit, search for "Kinzie Industrial Development Corporation" and choose us as your preferred organization. Shop and have 0.5% of the price of qualified items automatically donated by Amazon to ICNC's charitable organization to support small businesses!
Member Spotlight  On Tour Brewing Co.
On Tour Brewing Co. is a business that has been in the making for four years and finally opened their brewery and tasting room in January of 2017. The tasting room, located in West Town, is centered around the industrial natural elements of the barrels and other brewery materials. They make a German Pilsner, Indian Pale Ale, Irish Stout, and much more. 

On Tour holds a wide variety of events in their tasting room such as Saturday brewery tours by the owner, Mark Legenza, Om Tour Yoga Class, and live music sessions. Learn more about On Tour here
Welcome New ICNC Incubator Companies!
1-800-Junk-Relief  - 1-800-Junk-Relief is a service-oriented, commercial and residential junk removal service. They focus on recycling or donating as much of the material they haul away as they can, and properly dispose of anything that they can't. They provide free, no-obligation estimates for removal.

Dark Times - Dark Times is a production, branding, and design agency that creates unique, brand specific experiences for clients in a diverse set of industries. They have created a bar and roving art-driven installation called The Light Times Club. The duo's experiences as members of the art industry sets them apart from their competition. 
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.
       Minimum Wage & Paid Sick Leave Changes
The City of Chicago's minimum wage will increase to $11 an hour starting July 1st. The raise is part of the city's planned phase-in process from 2015 to 2019. The new Paid Sick Leave Ordinance is effective July 1, 2017. Employees who work at least 2 hours per week while physically present within the geographic boundaries of the City, and who work at least 80 hours within any 120-day period, will accrue 1 hour of Paid Sick Leave for every 40 hours worked. See more details here
Development Opportunities
Small Business Administration (SBA) Webinars: The U.S. Small Business Administration hosts webinars nearly every day on a wide variety of topics related to small business. See the calendar here .

IRS Webinars: The IRS periodically holds local and national webinars with helpful advice regarding tax season and owning a small business. Take a look at the schedule here.

Business Workshops:  The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers workshops free every Wednesday and Friday. Workshops vary each month and are conducted by city officials, experts, and partner business organizations. View the business workshop calendar  here .
Receive Money Back For Hiring
Receive money back for hiring full-time Chicago residents! ICNC has received funds through TIFWorks 50/50, an employee training reimbursement program issued by the City of Chicago. Applications are currently being accepted. Applicants must be located within the Kinzie Industrial TIF District boundaries. All training must be pre-approved by the City. 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.    
Monthly Alderman's Meeting
Every month ICNC hosts a breakfast with 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. to discuss issues with crime, infrastructure, zoning, and other topics. For more information, please contact Hannah Jones at
Member Announcements
ICNC Newsletter and Website -  ICNC members who have an announcement, special promotion, or media attention can have it included in our monthly newsletter. Send all relevant information and links to Michelle Collett at
For more information, call 312-421-3941 or email .