City of Chicago's Small Business Center on the Road

The next 'Small Business Center on the Road Expo' of 2019 is on Thursday, June 27th at 1871 the-Mart (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, #1212) from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.!  

6/27 Expo Flyer

Expo details:

  • Keynote Speaker - Luis Garcia

    Luis Garcia is the Co-Founder, CEO and Chief Creative of Bixbee, an innovative, imagination-inspired, designer kids’ backpack and accessory brand with a social mission at its core. In addition, Luis launched a One Here. One There. campaign, donating one schoolbag with supplies for every backpack purchased. After twenty-plus years of experience in design and product development for Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Sephora, Luis launched Bixbee in 2013. Now, Luis is embarking on a new venture with the opening of Bixbee’s first retail store and experiential pop-up in Chicago, Bixbee Imagination Station is designed to embrace the imagination and unlock creativity in kids and the kids in us.

  • 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 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Exhibitors including:
    Fifth Third Bank
    Accion Chicago
    Better Business Bureau
    Chicago Public Library
    Chicago Municipal Employees Credit Union
    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 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
    Edgebrook Sauganash Chamber of Commerce
    Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce
    Greater Englewood Development Corporation
    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
    Illinois Attorney General's Office
    Illinois Departmento of Employment Security
    Illinois Department of Human Rights
    Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    Illinois Office of the Comptroller
    Illinois State Treasurer's Office
    Internal Revenue Service
    Ladder Up/Center for Economic Progress
    LGBT Chamber of Commerce
    Operation Hope
    Polish American Chamber of Commerce
    Six Corners Association
    Small Business Majority
    Sunshine Enterprises
    The Community Law Project
    U.S. Department of Labor
    Women's Business Development Center
    and more .....
  • 2 Free Workshops (7:00 - 8:00 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.

    Don't Lose Focus: Storytelling in Branding
    Presented by Adam Arcus, Creative Director at 1871
    Learn how to communicate your story through design, multimedia, and copywriting with Adam Arcus, Creative Director at 1871. Discover the importance of how your brand reflects in your customers mind through the stories you tell in every point of contact. Take away important aspects of how to integrate into your front door marketing strategies tangible tips and tricks of the trade, such as: memory making science, multimedia storytelling made simple, and the importance of narrative in a brand.




    2019 Expo Schedule:
    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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