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City of Chicago's Small Business Center on the Road

The Small Business Center on the Road Expo series is back for 2017! The next expo will be at the South Shore Cultural Center on Saturday, June 24th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  The expos are free and open to the public.  

Expo will be held at South Shore Cultural Center - 7059 S. South Shore Drive 

6/24 Expo Flyer 

Expo details: 

  • Keynote Speaker - Maya-Camille Broussard, Owner of Justice of the Pies 
  • FREE assistance from business consultants to begin the licensing process
  • Resources on Procurement, Financial, Insurance and Consumer information
  • Financial Advisers on hand to answer questions
  • Perfect your Elevator Pitch 
  • Mini Makeovers  and Hair Styling by Blown by Bocaj
  • FREE Headshot by 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.
  • Exhibitors:
    Fifth Third Bank
    City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
    Country Financial
    Accion Chicago
    Better Business Bureau
    Center of Economic Progress
    Chicago Commission of Human Relations
    Chicago Public Library
    City of Chicago Department of Buildings
    City of Chicago Department of Public Health
    City of Chicago Planning and Development
    City of Chicago Procurement Services 
    Office of the City Treasurer
    CMS Business Enterprise Program
    Cook County Office of the Chief Procurement Office
    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
    Iliinois Attorney General's Office
    Illinois Office of the Comptroller
    Illinois SBDC at UIC
    Illinois Secretary of State
    Illinois Tollway - Diversity Strategic Development
    Illinois State Treasurer Office
    Illinois Workers Compensation Commission
    Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)
    Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
    Knapp Entrepreneurship Center at IIT
    Latin American Chamber of Commerce
    SCORE Chicago
    Somer Cor 
    Sunshine Enterprises
    The Law Project
    U.S. Department of Labor
    Victoria Corporate and Legal Services
    Women's Business Development Center
    Greater Englewood CDC
    Far South CDC
    University of Illinois OBFS- Office of Procurement
    South Shore Chamber of Commerce
    Small Business Development Center at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • 3 Free Workshops (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)

    How to Write a Business Plan
    Presented by The Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)
    This workshop will cover the structure of a business plan, which includes the executive summary, market analysis, marketing plans, operations, management and organization, and financial statements of the business. Resources to create a business plan suitable to seek financing will be shared, and additional instruction will be given on determining the feasibility of the business.

    Access to Capital: Helping Your Business Grow”
    Presented by: Fifth Third Bank and ACCION
    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.

    Facebook Ads: The Power That Will Double Your Business!
    Presented by Stephanie Walters, Blue Top Marketing
    Need to grow your email list? Sell more products? Gain more quality leads? This session will give you an overview on how to maximize the ad platform within Facebook to reach your target market, with some pro tips.


  • And much more!