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December 2018
Now Open - The Hatchery Chicago!
O n Thursday, December 6th, Mayor Emanuel and Alderman Burnett joined ICNC and Accion to cut the ribbon on The Hatchery! The Hatchery will give local food entrepreneurs a place to grow their businesses, and will create job opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds.

Learn more about The Hatchery and how to get involved here
Make City & Community Announcements!
- The breweries of the Chicago Brewing District are offering a free holiday trolley on Sunday, December 16th from 2-5 PM! The barrel bus will be making a continuous loop between the CTA Green Line, All Rise, On Tour Brewing Co., Great Central Brewing Co., and Goose Island.  

Netizen, a nonprofit organization created by Make City companies studiothread and Branger_Briz , is hosting a series of conversations entitled D.R.E.A.M. (Data Rules Everything Around Me) about the systems and data that rule our world. The next conversation is this Thursday, December 13 at Make City, with media scholar Harlo Holmes and will focus on how to securely and confidently communicate online - a requirement for any successful company.  Learn more .

- Luke Saunders, CEO and Founder of Farmer's Fridge, was named one of Chicago's 40 Under 40 by Crain's Chicago Business! We are so happy to have Luke and his team as a part of our community in Make City and we look forward to seeing how the Farmer's Fridge team will continue to grow. Read more
The HR Corner 
- Are you ready to hire staff but lack the time to screen resumes? Our workforce development department can assist you!  Learn more.

- HR trends for 2019 suggest employers consider: 
  • What candidates tell us : Candidates are expressing concern regarding the length of time that employers take in making a hiring decision and the lack of communication regarding the status of the hiring process. We recommend that employers create a recruitment plan and timeline.
  • Working remotely: Is this an option for any of your staff? Does your business have a policy regarding employees' work assignments, reporting, and approval for offsite work? If not, please contact us for guidance.
  • Employee referral programs: Are your current staff referring prospects for hire? We have found that many strong hires result from employee referrals. If you're interested in incentivizing your current staff for referrals, we can help you create a plan.   
To discuss any of these trends, and more, please contact Nancy or Priscilla in our Workforce Development Department!
IL SBDC International Trade Center Resources
Illinois SBDC International Trade Center clients at ICNC are able to use export resources to assist in their export plan. Clients have used ITC resources to investigate opportunities in Canada, Chile, and various countries in Europe. The ITC can save clients time and money by searching market information, at no cost, with a collection of educational videos and databases.

Learn more about the services and resources provided here or by contacting the ITC Director Lauro.
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.  

Hatchery Networking - January 30
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 .