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March 2015

Community Business Academy Info Session at Greater Southwest

March 12, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Greater Southwest Development Corporation,
2601 W 63rd St
Chicago,IL60629United States
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Come learn more about Sunshine Enterprises and the work we do. We find and recruit aspiring and new entrepreneurs in order to train and equip them for success.  Through the Community Business Academy, we teach not only business principles such as finance, marketing, and accounting; we also work with marketplace coaches and trainers–experts in their fields–matching them with local entrepreneurs to develop sustainable growth strategies that lead to revenue and increased sales.  Our goal is growing businesses in struggling communities…

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June 2015

Community Business Academy Info Session

June 2, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunshine Enterprises | Co-working Space,
503 E. 61st StreetIL60637United States
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Come learn more about Sunshine Enterprises and the work we do. We find and recruit aspiring and new entrepreneurs in order to train and equip them for success.  Through the Community Business Academy, we teach not only business principles such as finance, marketing, and accounting; we also work with marketplace coaches and trainers–experts in their fields–matching them with local entrepreneurs to develop sustainable growth strategies that lead to revenue and increased sales.  Our goal is growing businesses in struggling communities…

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Community Business Academy Info Session

June 9, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunshine Enterprises | Co-working Space,
503 E. 61st StreetIL60637United States
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Come learn more about Sunshine Enterprises and the work we do. We find and recruit aspiring and new entrepreneurs in order to train and equip them for success.  Through the Community Business Academy, we teach not only business principles such as finance, marketing, and accounting; we also work with marketplace coaches and trainers–experts in their fields–matching them with local entrepreneurs to develop sustainable growth strategies that lead to revenue and increased sales.  Our goal is growing businesses in struggling communities…

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Community Business Academy Info Session at Greater Southwest

June 10, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Greater Southwest Development Corporation,
2601 W 63rd St
Chicago,IL60629United States
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Come learn more about Sunshine Enterprises and the work we do. We find and recruit aspiring and new entrepreneurs in order to train and equip them for success.  Through the Community Business Academy, we teach not only business principles such as finance, marketing, and accounting; we also work with marketplace coaches and trainers–experts in their fields–matching them with local entrepreneurs to develop sustainable growth strategies that lead to revenue and increased sales.  Our goal is growing businesses in struggling communities…

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Funding Strategies for your Business

June 17, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunshine Enterprises,
505 East 61st Street
Chicago,IL60637United States
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Looking to Finance a Business? Many challenges face small business owners and access to capital is number one on the list. A representative from Kiva Zip will discuss strategies for raising capital through their crowd-funding platform. Need more capital? A representative from Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives will present their microloan programs. Need to Build Credit? A representative from the Credit Builders Alliance will be in attendance to offer advice on how to build credit and improve your credit score. Among the topics to be…

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GeneroCity Forum

June 24, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Workshop Chicago,
935 W Chestnut Street, Suite 530
Chicago,IL60642United States
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Welcome the inaugural GeneroCity Forum, presented by Thrivent Financial. This event will be an opportunity to celebrate the work of a selection of Chicago-based organizations that are making an impact to improve society and strengthen their communities. Organizations will give a brief overview of the work they’re involved in, followed by ample time to network, brainstorm, and come together to make our social impact even greater!   Our tentative speakers include: Regina Jamison – Executive Director, To Touch a Life LLC…

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Free Conference for Caregiving & Babysitting Businesses

June 28, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
University of Chicago Law School,
1111 East 60th Street
Chicago,
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Do you run a business that sends caregivers, health aides, or babysitters into customers’ homes?  Is the state license process giving you the runaround?  Are you running out of inspiration?  Let the IJ Clinic give you the rundown on Sunday, June 28. You’ve built a business around caring for others, and now it’s time for the IJ Clinic to help take care of you and your business. In this conference, we’ll present inspiring entrepreneurs and community leaders to help you…

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July 2015

Strategic Business Planning Workshop

July 22, 2015
Community Business Academy Information Session,
Evanston Civic Center | 2100 Ridge Avenue
Evanston,IL60201United States
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Need a comprehensive business plan?Whether it is to obtain funding for your business or to get a better handle on developing or growing your business, a business plan is a necessity for all entrepreneurs. In partnership with Sunshine Enterprises, the Novateur Business Solutions team facilitates a workshop to specifically address, and aid, start-up or existing small businesses who need to understand the direction they wish to take with their business. The end result is a tangible business plan charting the…

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Sales, Marketing & Branding Expo 2015

July 29, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
501 E. 61st Street

Chicago,60637United States
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“This free workshop presents many practical and affordable solutions to help you advertise, manage and accelerate your brand and business growth. During each session, expert speakers showcase business solutions to help you simplify your sales process, maximize your marketing efforts and build your brand. Product manufacturers and resellers will be represented to test drive their latest products…graphic and web designers, brand, social media marketing, promotions and sales experts will share their expertise and offer lots of free stuff!”

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Chicago Urban League: Entrepreneurship Center Open House 2015

July 29, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
501 E. 61st Street

Chicago,60637United States
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“The Chicago Urban League Entrepreneurship Center (CULEC) was founded in 2007 to assist African Americans launch, grow and sustain businesses. The Center provides entrepreneurs with the tools necessary to maximize revenue reduce cost, increase profitability, and drive job creation while encouraging innovation. The Center also helps businesses obtain supplier diversity certifications, respond to bids on public and private contracts, and increase the number and average dollar value of contracts won.” “Come network with other business leaders and learn about our…

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DEADLINE: Chicago Innovation Awards Nomination

July 31, 2015
501 E. 61st Street

Chicago,60637United States
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For the 14th annual year, the Chicago Innovation Awards will be celebrating the most innovative new products and services introduced in the Chicago region.  Nominees and winners can cut across all industries, from large corporations to new start-ups, for-profit and non-profit, public and private sector, high tech and low tech.  The key is innovation. Anyone who has developed a new product or service in the last 3 years can self-nominate for this year’s awards.  Nominations are free, and can be submitted via an online form at www.chicagoinnovationawards.com/nominate.  The…

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August 2015

South Side Women in Business Summit

August 1, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunshine Enterprises,
505 East 61st Street
Chicago,IL60637United States
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In many ways, women represent the future of the US economy. The number of women entrepreneurs is ever increasing, thereby increasing the need for women-owned businesses to have continued support and resources for growth. On Chicago’s southside, Sunshine Enterprises is partnering with women in business to offer an exciting, challenging, and engaging event. This event will feature lively discussions on key business topics led by local women running their own growing enterprises. Vendors will be on hand to sell their…

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Summer@CIE: Alternative Sources of Financing Lunch & Learn with Karen McKay

August 4, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
501 E. 61st Street

Chicago,60637United States
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“The Summer@CIE program is is a series of workshops and lectures organized by the Chicago Innovation Exchange for entrepreneurs working at the CIE this summer. Kiva Zip Business Loan: Is it for me? Are you an entrepreneur interested in crowdfunding to gain access to capital for your business? Come learn about Kiva Zip’s unique method of social underwriting, how you can get a 0% interest loan for your business, and become part of this supportive ecosystem. Presented by Kiva Fellow Karen McKay. Lunch will be…

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DEADLINE: Andersonville City Made Festival Vendor Application

August 7, 2015
501 E. 61st Street

Chicago,60637United States
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“Andersonville welcomes local businesses, brewers, performers, and makers from across Chicago to participate in its 3rd annual City Made Fest. The festival exclusively features Chicago craft beers, Chicago music, Chicago food, and Chicago artisans in a weekend-long celebration of all things local. Located on Clark Street between Argyle and Carmen (5000-5100N), the Andersonville City Made Festival will take place September 12 & 13, 2015. City Made offers patrons the City of Chicago’s ONLY local-only craft brew festival, highlighting our commitment to crafters and producers working within the Chicago…

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GiveGetWin Summer Camp

August 10, 2015 - August 23, 2015
501 E. 61st Street

Chicago,60637United States
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FOR CHICAGO INNOVATION EXCHANGE MEMBERS – To become a member, please click here: https://cie.uchicago.edu/membership “Summer Camp is a series of training for accepted volunteers. The main lectures and major events for Summer Camp are open to CIE Members and UChicago students. The major events are: August 10th Kickoff Event: Understand how to learn skills faster, get repetitions, measure and improve your performance, dealing with nerves and pressure in whatever area comes hardest to you (it varies by person),  and then being systematic once you’ve…

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Chicago Education Innovation Pitch Fest

August 12, 2015
501 E. 61st Street

Chicago,60637United States
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Are you an educator looking for innovative teaching and learning tech tools? Are you an entrepreneur, tech company, or program provider with an innovative tech tool that enables personalized or connected learning? Are you excited about education innovation in Chicago? If so, join us for the Chicago Education Innovation Pitch Fest, powered by LEAP Innovations and Hive Chicago. It’s a stop on the Department of Education’s (DOE) National Ed Tech Developer’s Tour, and will cap off a two-day national convening of DOE Education…

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Community Business Workshop: Getting Noticed – What to Include in Your Capabilities Statement

August 12, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
501 E. 61st Street

Chicago,60637United States
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“About the Workshop Learn how to write and develop an effective capabilities statement- a critical document that provides target audiences with specific information about your business, differentiates your business from your competitor, and helps to reinforce your business brand and value proposition for new or existing customers. About the Speaker Richard J Hernandez Mr. Hernandez, CPCM has over 20 years of experience as a Purchasing Manager and Supplier Diversity Manager both with major corporations and with the Federal government. He…

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Social Media Lunch & Learn: All Things Facebook (including ads)

August 13, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
501 E. 61st Street

Chicago,60637United States
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“Learn how to set up a Facebook account for personal and business use in a way that promotes your brand and paints you in a positive light. In this class identify winning strategies for building and maintaining a thriving community of Facebook fans. How to set a Facebook Business Page for Business Utilize Facebook Videos to Increase Engagement Set Up Facebook Custom Audience or Increased Reach The Importance of Facebook Ads Lunch will be provided at this workshop. About the…

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Protecting Your Business from Legal, Insurance and Financial Risks

August 14, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
501 E. 61st Street

Chicago,60637United States
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Presented by Mary Jane Alagehband of Country Financial, Jennifer Barliant and Laurie Kaplan of Michael Silver & Company, and Jessica L. Oldani of Oldani Entrepreneurial Law, P.C. Do you understand the different forms of doing business, and how to stay in compliance? Are you   prepared to handle payments, cash flow, accounting, and initial tax issues? Is your business covered against the risk of liability and other potential costs? This team of professionals will teach you the real world tips and truths fundamental to…

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DEADLINE: South Side Pitch Application

August 18, 2015
501 E. 61st Street

Chicago,60637United States
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“Have a great business or idea? Bringing the spirit of entrepreneurship to the South Side? Want to receive invaluable feedback from a panel of experts and promote your idea in front of a new audience? Eager for a shot at prizes that can help grow your business or develop your idea? Apply to pitch at South Side Pitch! Thursday, October 1, 6:00-8:30 Chicago Innovation Exchange 1452 East 53rd Street Whether your idea is something the world has never seen, or a new…

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Small Business Speed Networking

August 18, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
501 E. 61st Street

Chicago,60637United States
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If you have had enough of attending traditional mixers and wishing you attended an event in which you can pre-select the types of people you are looking to meet than this event is just for you! Participants have the luxury of pre-qualifying what types of people they want to meet by filling out a brief online profile about themselves and who they want to meet.  When you attend this event you will be provided a customized schedule (based off your networking…

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Understanding Today’s Commercial Property Tax and Market Sales Environment

August 21, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
501 E. 61st Street

Chicago,60637United States
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Presented by Myer Blank, Fisk Kart Katz Regan, Ltd. And Brian Bernardoni, Chicago Association of Realtors  In 2015, the city of Chicago is being reassessed for tax purposes.  Commercial property owners need to understand how the reassessment will impact their businesses and the current commercial real estate market. This seminar will provide latest statistics, important deadlines, and appeal strategies. Sponsored by the City of Chicago’s Bureau of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection

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Community Business Academy Information Session #1

August 25, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunshine Enterprises,
505 East 61st Street
Chicago,IL60637United States
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Come learn more about Sunshine Enterprises and the work we do. We find and recruit aspiring and new entrepreneurs in order to train and equip them for success. Through the Community Business Academy, we teach not only business principles such as finance, marketing, and accounting; we also work with marketplace coaches and trainers–experts in their fields–matching them with local entrepreneurs to develop sustainable growth strategies that lead to revenue and increased sales. Our goal is growing businesses in struggling communities…

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Chicago Startup Summit

August 26, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
501 E. 61st Street

Chicago,60637United States
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“Have you an early stage business or even a great idea, need advice and are aged 18-35? Then the Room 72 Chicago StartUp Summit is for you. We’re bringing together entrepreneurial experts with decades of experience in one room to share their secrets of success and top tips to take your business to the next level. The Room 72 Chicago StartUp Summit will help you realise your ambition through practical learning designed for entrepreneurs. We offer unique opportunities to gain…

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Alternative Access to Capital: What to do when your bank says no!

August 26, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
501 E. 61st Street

Chicago,60637United States
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Presented by Kiva Zip and Accion Chicago Starting a small business is challenging, and it gets tougher when traditional lending options are not viable. In this workshop, representatives from Kiva Zip, and Accion Chicago will introduce several non-traditional funding sources including micro-lending, peer to peer online lending, lending circle, and crowdfunding. We hope by understanding these options, you can secure more funding for your business through the platform that suits your situation the best. Sponsored by the City of Chicago’s…

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Navigating a Commercial Real Estate Transaction

August 28, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
501 E. 61st Street

Chicago,60637United States
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Presented by Lema Khorshid, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC  Are you ready to take your business to the next stage by leasing a commercial property? This is a tough real estate market – learn how to navigate your way through commercial leases so that you can expand your operation seamlessly. In this workshop, you will gain an abundance of knowledge and practical tips as you learn how to locate the ideal property, negotiate the right lease for each type of business, and…

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September 2015

29th Annual Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference

September 2, 2015
501 E. 61st Street

Chicago,60637United States
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The Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference (EWC) is the Women’s Business Development Center’s (WBDC) signature event and is the largest entrepreneurial business conference in the Midwest. For nearly 30 years, EWC has served to facilitate connections, provide innovative education, and be a resource for growth to clients and stakeholders.  This event is designed to accelerate the growth of women-owned businesses through access to information, contacts, and capital. EWC is both a celebration and a conference.  On Tuesday, September 1st at City Winery…

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