City of Chicago's Small Business Center on the Road

The Small Business Center on the Road Expo series is back for 2016! The next expo will be at the Copernicus Center on Saturday, October 29th from 10:00 - 2:00 p.m.  The expos are free and open to the public.  


Expo details:

  • Keynote Speaker: Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods
    Julie became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over Lifeway Foods at age 27.
    • Bolstered the company’s growth trajectory with innovative product development and marketing strategies, boosting annual revenues to over $130 million by 2015 and expanded distribution throughout the United States, Canada and the UK.
    • Recently named to Fortune Business ‘40 under 40’
    • Fortune’s 55 most influential women on Twitter
    • Fast Company’s Most Creative
  • 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 offered by Ulta Cosmetics and Hair by Blown by Bocaj
  • 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 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.
  • Free Document Shredding onsight
  • Food Trucks
  • Over 40 Exhibitors 
    - City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
    - Fifth Third Bank
    - Country Financial
    - City of Chicago Department of Public Health
    - City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development
    - City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services
    - Chicago Public Libary
    - Accion Chicago
    - Chicago Commission of Human Relations
    - Cook County Office of the Chief Procurement Officer
    - Center of Economic Progress
    - Chicago Neighborhood Initiative
    - City Treasurer's Office
    - CMS/Business Enterprise Program
    - Illinois Department of Employment Security
    - Illinois Office of the Comptroller
    - Illinois Secretary of State Business Service Division
    - Illinois Tollway
    - Illinois State Treasurer Office
    - Internal Revenue Service
    - People's Gas Natural Gas Savings Program
    - Polish American Chamber of Commerce
    - SCORE Chicago
    - SomerCor
    - Sunshine Enterprises
    - The Law Project
    - US Department of Labor
    - VEDC Chicagoland Business Opportunity Fund
    - Victoria Corporate and Legal Services
    - Women's Business Development Center
    - YWCA
    - Chicabs (Curb and Arro)
    - Portage Park Chamber of Commerce
    - Six Corners Association
    - Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce
    - Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce
    - Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
  • 2 Free Workshops (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)
    Workshop 1:
    Access To Capital: Helping Your Business To Grow

    Presented by: Fifth Third Bank and Accion Chicago
    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 when your
    company needs it most.

    Workshop 2:
    How To Start a Successful Business

    Presented by SCORE
    Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business?  If so, what are the first steps you should take? This workshop will help you assess your prospects, give you the initial direction you need, and inspire you to move forward to realize your dream.

  • And much more!