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Membership Event
Make City Mentions
Entrepreneurship Education
Tenant Lounge
Community Announcements
Make City Available Space
Food Workshops
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April 2018
ICNC is InBIA's Impact Award Winner for January!
ICNC  is an  award winning Mixed Use Incubator!  Click here  to learn more about one of ICNC's recent accomplishments in manufacturing incubation.
Annual Membership Event was a Success!
Thank you to all those who attended our Annual Membership Event! The event was a great celebration of ICNC's 2017 achievements, which includes beginning construction on The Hatchery, food and beverage incubator, the approval of a new green line station at Lake and Damen, and the re-branding of the ICNC incubator. 
A special thank you to our sponsors: UPS, First Midwest Bank, and Dennis Vulich of VCOR, for providing the space and entertainment!
Thank you to our in-kind sponsors  Blue Plate, Candid Wines , Exquisite Designs, and Vitae Sessions!
Make City Mentions
Recently, some of the companies in  Make City , ICNC's manufacturing incubator, have been in the news!

- Farmer's Fridge provides wholesome, fresh food that is prepared daily and sold through fridges across Chicago and Milwaukee. Read recent articles in Fast Company and Well and Good.

- Shoe Drop is a shoe and handbag repair service that allows you to send in or drop off items in need of repairs, that will then be fixed and shipped back to you. Read a recent article about them in Chicago Magazine
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

E-Commerce Solutions: How to be Successful on Amazon - April 17
3 Cs of Export & Other Learning From a Fast Growing Company - April 25
Safeguarding the Business - April 26
FBI Advice: How to Travel Safe and Secure - May 10
Details of Exporting: International Commercial Terms and Export Production Classification - May 23
ICNC Creates a 2,200 sq. ft. Lounge for Make City Tenants! 
ICNC recently held the grand opening of a new tenant lounge that will serve as a communal space for Make City tenants to hold meetings, take phone calls, or to take a break during the day. 

The space, built out by ICNC's maintenance team with assistance from Synergy Construction Group and Craft Architecture, contains an open seating area, desks, a kitchen, a conference room that can be booked to use for meetings, and two phone booths for personal phone calls. 

Community Announcements
Your business can 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.    
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 .