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 
  • 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 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:
    Fifth Third Bank
    City of Chicago Department Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
    Accion Chicago
    Better Business Bureau (BBB)
    Center for Economic Progress
    Chicago Commission on Human Relations
    Chicago Neighborhood Initiative
    Chicago Public Library
    City of Chicago Department of Buildings
    City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development
    City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation
    City of Chicago Department Procurement Services
    City of Chicago Department Public Health
    CMS/Business Enterprise Program
    Cook County Office of the Chief Procurement Office
    Far South CDC
    Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Businesses
    Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation
    Illinois Attorney General’s Office
    Illinois Department of Employment Security
    Illinois Office of the Comptroller
    Illinois Secretary of State – Business Service Division
    Illinois State Treasurer Office
    Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC)
    Latin American Chamber of Commerce
    Office of Emergency Management/311
    Rogers Park Business Alliance
    Score Chicago
    Small Business Administration (SBA)
    Small Business Majority
    South Shore Chamber Inc.
    Sunshine Enterprises
    The Community Law Project
    Victoria Corporate and Legal Services
    Women’s Business Development Center
    and more.... 
  • 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.

    Starting a Business in Illinois

    Presented by The Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)
    Are you considering starting a business in Illinois? In this workshop we will help you take an initial assessment to recognize your startup strengths, we will introduce five basic startup steps, and review the types of legal entities recommended for startups.

    Facebook Family of Apps Advertising Best Practices Overview and Demo

    Presented by Facebook
    This workshop will focus on best practices to utilize the ads manager tool to its full potential to drive results with your ads! We will cover the best way to approach set up, targeting, which platforms to use and how to best make creative to drive conversions or ad recall.

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