City of Chicago's Small Business Center on the Road

The next 'Small Business Center on the Road Expo' of 2019 is on Saturday, November 2nd at Malcolm X College from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm!  

 (Free parking in adjacent garage)

11/2 Expo Flyer

Expo details:

  • Keynote Address at 11:00 am - Keynote Speaker: Che "Rhymefest" Smith

    Driven by his motto, “true power is the power to empower others,” Che “Rhymefest” Smith is a writer, artist, entertainer and humanitarian. In 2005, Rhymefest won a Grammy for co-writing the mega-hit “Jesus Walks.” In 2015, he won a Critics Choice award, Golden Globe and Academy Award for “Glory,” his collaboration with John Legend and Common for the film Selma. Che earned his second Grammy for his work on “Glory” in 2016. Che believes that in order to counteract violence, systemic barriers and apathy, we should encourage entertainers, athletes and entrepreneurs to remain and invest in the communities they come from. Che is committed to using his success to further humanitarian efforts.

  • 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 including:
    Fifth Third Bank
    Better Business Bureau
    Chicago Municipal Employees Credit Union
    Chicago Neighborhood Initiative
    Chicago Public Library
    City of Chicago Department of Buildings
    City of Chicago Department of  Business Affairs & Consumer Protection
    City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development
    City of Chicago Department Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE)
    City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services
    City of Chicago Department of Public Health
    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
    Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation
    Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation
    Illinois Attorney General's Office
    Illinois Department of Employment Security
    Illinios Office of the Comptroller
    Illinois Secretary of State - Business Service Division
    Illinois State Treasurer Office
    Internal Revenue Service
    Ladder Up/Center For Economic Progress
    Lawyers for the Creative Arts
    New Covenant CDC
    Northwest Connection
    Office of the City Treasurer
    Office of the City Clerk
    Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    SBDC at Greater Southwest Development Corporation
    Score Chicago
    Sunshine Enterprises
    The Community Law Project
    West Central Association
    West Side Forward/Bethel New Life
    Women's Business Development Center
    World Business Chicago
    and more.......
  • 3 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.

    Resources to Start, Run and Grow Your Business
    Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP)
    Whether you're a startup, established or about to expand your business, find out what resources are available to entrepreneurs. In this workshop, we will provide an overview of the resources that are essential to launching or growing a business in Chicago, which include access to capital, supportive services and grants programs. Additionally, we will discuss small business resources that are offered by the City of Chicago, Chambers of Commerce and Business Service Organizations.  Additionally, Legal advice is a necessity for all businesses, and the arts are no exception. However, most artists cannot afford market rate legal services. Please join us as the Lawyers for the Creative Arts provide an overview of what you will need to be successful.

    Creative Entrepreneurship 101

    Presented by Sunshine Enterprises
    In this workshop you will learn tips on how to leverage your knowledge and talents to launch a creative business. We will cover the basics of how to determine to your value proposition, research your market, develop a business plan, obtain the proper licenses and market your business.




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