City of Chicago's Small Business Center on the Road

The next 'Small Business Center on the Road Expo' of 2019 is on Satuday, September 7th at Truman College from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm!  

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Expo details:

  • Keynote Speaker - Tigist Reda owner of Demera Restaurant
    Tigist Reda was born and raised in Ethiopia and has lived in Chicago for over 20 years. She learned the secrets of traditional Ethiopian cuisine and in 2007 opened Demera Ethiopian Restaurant in the vibrant neighborhood of Uptown.  Demera has grown to become one of Chicago’s favorite Ethiopian restaurants,
    known for exciting flavors, excellent service, exotic traditions of Ethiopia and communal “family-style” hand-eaten meals. Demera has won awards and been recognized and received excellent reviews from local and national publications, including Check Please!, Michelin Guide Recommended and Hungry Hound.
  • FREE assistance from business consultants to begin the licensing process
  • Resources on Procurement, Financial, and 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 pm
  • Exhibitors:
    Fifth Third Bank
    Accion Chicago
    Andersonville Chamber of Commerce
    Better Business Bureau
    Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown
    Chicago Municipal Employees Credit Union
    Chicago Neighborhood Initiative
    City of Chicago Department of Buildings
    City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
    City of Chicago Department of Planning and Developement
    City of Chicago Department of Public Health
    City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services
    City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation
    CMS/Business Enterprise Program
    Cook County Office of the Chief Procurement Officer
    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
    Illinois Department of Employment Security
    Illinois Office of the Comptroller
    Illinois Secretary of State - Business Service Division
    Illinois State Treasurer's Office
    Internal Revenue Service
    Ladder Up/Center for Economic Progress
    Polish American Chamber of Commerce
    Polsky Center For Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Office of the Illinois Attorney General
    Roger's Park Business Alliance
    Score Chicago
    Small Business Majority
    Sunshine Enterprises
    The Community Law Project
    Women's Business Development Center
    And more.......
  • 2 Free Workshops (12:00 - 1:00 pm) 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.

    How to Start a Business
    Presented by Rogers Park Business Alliance
    Thinking about opening a business? Wondering where to start? Getting set up is simplified. Make sure you’ve checked all the boxes. This workshop teaches you the basics about what you need to know to develop your business in Chicago.


    2019 Expo Schedule:
    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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