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 Malcolm X College on  Saturday, October 27th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  The expos are free and open to the public.  

10/27 Expo Flyer

Expo details:

  • Keynote Speaker - Raquel Graham Crayton
    Raquel Graham Crayton has a successful track record in marketing strategy, branding, and event management including a 7-year stint at Johnson Publishing as VP National Marketing.  In 2014, she started her own business, ROQ Innovation, a product innovation company developing products that make life easier for families.  She developed and launched NEKZ™, a scarf alternative easy enough for kids. NEKZ™ launched on Home Shopping Network (HSN ) in November 2016, and sold out in 40 minutes.  Raquel's second invention is HEADLIGHTZ™, a winter beanie with a rechargeable LED light, debuted in November 2017 and sold out on HSN during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 
  • 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 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Food Trucks 
  • Exhibitors
  • 3 Free Workshops (12:00 - 1:00 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.

    Sponsored by:

    Fifth Third Bank Western Union

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