City of Chicago's Small Business Center on the Road

The first 'Small Business Center on the Road Expo' of 2019 is on March 9th at Kennedy King College (6301 S. Halsted St - U Building)!  

3/9 Expo Flyer


Expo details:

  • Keynote Speaker - Erick Williams

    As a Chicago native with a storied career, Williams has embedded himself into the city’s culinary scene for over 20 years. Virtue Restaurant & Bar, his first solo concept nestled in the heart of Hyde Park, melds fine dining with his love of southern cuisine. With persistence and incomparable drive, Williams has continued to create a niche within the restaurant industry consistently receiving accolades from local and national press. Outside of the kitchen, Williams donates his time and talent to those less fortunate by partnering with charities across the region to share his vast knowledge and give back to the community.

  • 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 (LU/Center for Economic Progress)
    Chicago Neighborhood Initiative
    Chicago Public Library
    Chicago Commission on Human Relations
    City of Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB)
    City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD)
    City of Chicago Department of Public Health
    City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS)
    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 Business
    Illinois Office of the Comptroller
    Illinois Secretary of State - Business Service Division
    Illinois State Treasurer Office
    Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
    Score Chicago
    Sunshine Enterprises
    The Community Law Project
    U.S. Postal Inspection Service
    U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
    Far South CDC
    Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)
    51st Street Business Association
    SBDC at Greater Southwest Development Corporation
    Greater Auburn Gresham Development Center
    Greater Southwest Development Corporation
    Greater Englewood Community Development Center
    Operation Hope
    Southeast Chicago Commission
  • 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.

    How to Really Start Your Business      
    Presented by Score 
    Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business?  If so, what are the first steps you     should take? This workshop will help you assess your prospects, give you the initial direction you need, and inspire you to move forward to realize your dream.

    How to Write a One Page Business Plan
    Presented by Greater Englewood Community Development Center
    This session will demonstrate how to develop a one-page business plan or business model canvas. For potential key stakeholders, who may not have a lot of time reading through a traditional business plan; a one page can get the idea of your business across quickly and succinctly. It’s a very good exercise to trim it down to the absolute minimum—it forces you to get rid of needless words and communicate your business idea clearly, with minimal clutter.   


    2019 Expo Schedule:

    Saturday, May 4th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Arturo Velasquez Institute (2800 S. Western Ave.)
    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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