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 Arturo Velasquez Institute on Saturday, May 12th from 10:00 - 2:00 p.m.  The expos are free and open to the public.  

5/12 Expo Flyer
5/12 Expo Flyer (Spanish)

Expo details:

  • Keynote Speaker - Mike Moreno, Sr. & Jr. of Moreno's Liquors 

    Mike Moreno, Sr. and Jr. form a father-son business partnership blazing a trail for Latino entrepreneurs in Chicago. Mike Sr., born in Mexico, opened his liquor store in Little Village in 1977, the first Latino owned liquor store in Illinois. Mike Jr. took a lead role in the family business in 2014 and helped create one of the city’s best craft beer collections. Through the work of the entrepreneurial duo, Moreno’s today boasts the largest selection of tequila and mezcal in the nation.

  • 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
  • New Tech Lane with tech resources for your business 
  • Exhibitors including:
    Fifth Third Bank
    City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection
    Accion Chicago
    Center of Economic Progress
    Chicago Commission on Human Relations
    Chicago Neighborhood Ininiative 
    City of Chicago Departmentof Buildings
    City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development
    City of Chicago Department of Public Health
    City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation
    City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services
    Office of the City Treasurer
    CMS Busines Enterprises Program
    Cook County Office of the Chief Procurement Officer
    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Busineses
    Illinois Department of Employment Security 
    Illinois Office of the Attorney General
    Illinois Office of the Comptroller
    Illinois Secretary of State
    Illinois State Treasurer Office 
    Internal Revenue Service
    Latin American Chamber of Commerce
    Small Business Administration (SBA)
    Score Chicago
    The Community Law Project
    Victoria Corporate and Legal Services 
    Women's Busines Development Center
    Far South CDC
    Small Business Development Center at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
    Small Business Majority
    Rogers Park Business Alliance
    Little Village Chamber of Commerce
    and more..... 
  • 2 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.

    Cómo Empezar Un Necgocio
    Presented by Quiroga College and the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    Este taller cubrirá los primeros pasos para abrir un negocio en Illinois: El plan de negocio. Considerará desde la idea de negocio y la identificación de mercado a aspectos fundamentales como la educación financiera, operaciones, normas y dinámica de equipos. En este taller proporcionaremos orientación en áreas claves del negocio, incluyendo relaciones con los clientes, organización y operaciones. 
    (HOW TO START A BUSINESS - This workshop will cover the first steps to start a business in Illinois: The business plan. It will consider from the business idea and the market identification to fundamental aspects such as financial education, operations, norms and equipment dynamics. In this workshop we will provide guidance in key areas of the business, including relationships with customers, organization and operations.)

  • Sponsored by:
    Fifth Third Bank Western Union

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