City of Chicago's Small Business Center on the Road

The next 'Small Business Center on the Road Expo' of 2019 is on May 4th at Arturo Velasquez Institute (2800 S. Western Avenue)!  


5/4 Small Business Center on the Road Expo Flyer


 Expo details:

    La Guadalupana is a family business that started as a bakery in 1945 and expanded into a Mexican food manufacturing company, best known for its traditional tamales and masa for tamales. Castro’s leadership has taken the business into a new path of success with a focus exclusively on manufacturing, distribution, and a new frozen food line. His initiatives have led La Guadalupana to new levels of growth and hiring that contribute to the region’s economy.
  • FREE assistance from business consultants to begin the licensing process
  • Resources on Procurement, Financial, Insurance, Consumer information
  • Financial Advisers on hand to answer questions
  • Perfect your Elevator Pitch
  • Mini makeovers featuring Tricoci University 
  • Tech Lane!  There will be technology industry exhibitors offering technology resources for your business. Ask abou tech solutions to streamline your business operations, tech marketing and advertising strategies and tech analytics to help reach and identify your clients.

  • FREE Headshot from a professional photographer to be used for marketing/promotional materials
  • FREE Tax Clinic: One-on-One counseling sessions provided by Ladder Up/Center for Economic Progress (CEP)
  • FREE Law Clinic: Legal advice and support provided by The Community Law Project
  • FREE Networking Hour: Connect and exchange ideas with likeminded entrepreneurs provided by Chicago’s Office of the City Treasurer from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Exhibitors include:
    Fifth Third Bank
    City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
    Accion Chicago
    Ladder Up/Center for Economic Progress
    Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council
    Chicago Commission on Human Relations
    Chicago Public Library
    Chicago Municipal Employees Credit Union
    Chicago Neighborhood Initiative
    City of Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB)
    City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD)
    City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS)
    City of Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)
    City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS)
    CMS/Business Enterprise Program
    Cook County Office of the Cheif Procurement Officer
    Economic Strategies Neighborhood Corporation (ESDC)
    Far South CDC
    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
    Greater Englewood Development Corporation
    Greater Southwest Development Corporation
    Illinois Department of Employment Security
    Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 
    Illinois Office of the Comptroller
    Illinois Secretary of State - Business Service Division
    Illinois State Treasurer's Office
    Internal Revenue Service
    Little Village Chamber of Commerce
    Operation Hope
    Score Chicago
    Small Business Majority
    Sunshine Enterprises
    The Community Law Project
    US Small Business Administration
    Women's Business Development Center
    and more.....
  • 3 Free Workshops (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.) including:

    Roadmap to Business Financing
    Presented by Fifth Third Bank
    In order for businesses to start or grow, financing is often needed. Attend this workshop and you will obtain the pathway to financial success including traditional and non traditional credit sources and how to best prepare for when your company needs capital most.

    Como Lanzar Su Negocio En Illinois
    Presentador: Economic Strategies Development Corporation (ESDC)
    Este taller ayuda a personas que quieren empezar un negocio entender los muchos pasos y requisitos para iniciar su negocio en Illinois. Temas incluyen; cómo desarrollar un plan de negocios, estructuras empresarial, proceso de registro, y cómo financiar su negocio.
    *workshop presented in Spanish

    Small Business Resources,  SBA and WBDC
    Presented by the Small Business Administration (SBA)
    Participate in a training program and grow you small business. Take your business to the next level. Join a cohort of small business owners and get the tools to grow.




    2019 Expo Schedule:
    Thursday, June 27th from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at 1871 - theMART (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaze #1212)
    Saturday, September 7th from 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Truman College (McKeon Lobby 1145 W. Wilson Ave.)
    Saturday, November 2nd from 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Malcolm X College (1900 W. Jackson Blvd)

    Sponsored by:

    Fifth Third Bank Western Union




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