City of Chicago's Small Business Center on the Road

Small Business Center on the Road Expo

The Small Business Center on the Road Expo series is back for 2016! The next expo will be at the Columbus Park Refectory on Saturday, September 10th from 10:00 - 2:00 p.m.  The expos are free and open to the public.  

Expo Flyer

Expo details:

  • Keynote Speaker - Christopher G. Kennedy
    - Chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc., leading the development of the Kennedy family’s real estate holdings in -Chicago known as Wolf Point
    -Founder and Chairman of Top Box Foods, a non-profit,  hunger-relief social business
    -Former President of Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. (MMPI)
    -Serves on the Compensation Committee for Knoll
    -Chair of the Audit Committee for Ariel Investments Mutual Fund
    -Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee of Interface, Inc.
    -Co-Chair of the Cook County Sustainability Advisory Council
    -Member of Mayor Emanuel’s Green Ribbon Committee
    -Serves on the Board of Trustees at the University of  Chicago’s Marine Biological Laboratory
    -Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University of Chicago
  • 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 offered by Ulta Cosmetics
  • FREE Headshot from a professional photographer to be used for marketing/promotional materials
  • FREE Tax Clinic: One-on-One counseling sessions provided by Center for Economic Progress (CEP)
  • FREE Law Clinic: Legal advice and support provided by The 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.
  • Free Document Shredding onsight
  • Food Trucks
  • Exhibitors including:
    - City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
    - Fifth Third Bank
    - Country Financial
    - Accion Chicago
    - Chicago Commission on Human Relations
    - City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development
    - Chicago Neighborhood Initiative
    - Chicago Public Library
    - CMS Business Enterprise Program
    - Score
    - Law Project
    - Small Business Administration
    - Illinois Office of the Comptroller
    - City Treasurer's Office
    - Illinois SBDC at UIC
    - Illinois Secretary of State Business Service Division
    - Illinois Tollway Diversity Strategic Development
    - Illinois State Treasurer Office
    - Illinois Worker's Compensation Commission
    - Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
    - Somer Cor
    - Sunshine Enterprises
    - US Department of Labor
    - Victoria Rock Corporate and Legal Services
    - Women's Business Development Center
    - VEDC
    - Cook County Office of the Chief Procurement Officer
    - Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
    - YWCA
    - and more!
  • Free Workshop (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)
    Access to Capital:  Helping Your Business to Grow
    Presented by Fifth Third Bank and Accion Chicago
    In order for businesses to grow capital is often needed but sometimes it isn’t always easy to come by.  In this workshop you will learn about traditional and non-traditional credit sources as well as how to best prepare for when your company needs it most.

  • And much more!


 Upcoming Expos:

  • Saturday, October 29th at Copernicus Center