City of Chicago's Small Business Center on the Road

The Small Business Center on the Road Expo series is back for 2018!
The next expo will be at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart on Thursday, June 21st from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.  The expos are free and open to the public.  


Expo details:

  • Keynote Speaker - Maria Pinto

    Fashion designer and artist Maria Pinto is the creative voice behind M2057, a high-fashion high-function women’s clothing line. She has dressed iconic women like Michelle Obama, Brooke Shields and Oprah, and her designs have been featured in publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, the New York Times.

  • 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 
  • 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 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.
  • Food Trucks
  • New Tech Lane with tech resources for your business 
  • Exhibitors
  • 2 Free Workshops (7:00 - 8:00 p.m.) including:

    Roadmap to Business Financing
    Presented by Fifth Third Bank & Accion Chicago
    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.



    Fifth Third Bank Western Union

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