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 1871 at theMart (Merchandise Mart) on Thursday, May 4th from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  The expos are free and open to the public.  

 Expo will be held at 1871 at theMart (Merchandise Mart) - 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor 

Expo details: 

  • FREE assistance from business consultants to begin the licensing process
  • Great Keynote Speaker 
  • 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.
  • Over 40 Exhibitors
  • 2 Free Workshops (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)

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 for when your company needs it most.

Measure It: The Value of Social Media
Presented by Alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.
As an integral part of marketing strategy, the use of social media connects brands to their audiences. But how do you know if your business’ social engagement is even driving the online traffic for conversions? Join us for a social media measurement workshop hosted by Rod Holmes that tackles the issue of taking small business promotion beyond “likes” and reaching tangible goals through data. This event will cover how to amplify existing digital marketing practices from SEO to paid search (PPC) and how applying measurable strategy to social media will boost overall conversions.

  • And much more!