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September 10, 2016 Small Business Center on the Road

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Small Business Center On the Road event was held on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at the Columbus Park Refectory in Chicago, IL.

Guest Speaker:

Christopher G. Kennedy was the keynote speaker and discussed his previous experience as President of the Merchandise Mart Properties and his current role as Co-Founder of Chicago-based non-profit Top Box Foods.

Christopher explained that Top Box Foods focuses on bringing high-quality food for up to 40% less than retail to Chicago’s food deserts to increase access to healthy and affordable food. As a non-profit community-based organization, Top Box Foods focuses on maintaining low overhead costs and developing neighborhood partners, volunteers, and corporate sponsors to provide year-round services. In addition, Christopher shared an economic data overview of the Chicago region.

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September 6, 2016 Venture Capital Investment Presentation

The September 6, 2016 Venture Capital Presentation featured the following companies pitching for capital:

Square Roots Kitchen

Square Roots Kitchen is a technology driven, healthy, quick service restaurant, designed to meet the dining needs of the on-the-go consumer. Offering customers a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional quick serve fare.

Silverdome Security

Silverdome provides advanced cyber defense solutions to enterprises, government and extending to SoHo and consumers. The suite of services bring together state of the art cyber detection and response solutions. It also provides advanced deception and containment products to create a cyber defense environment for any customer.

Thermasi

Thermasi has a mission to change the conventional way to heat a home. The new Thermasi heating system design, drastically cuts green house gasses and reduces a monthly heating bill for a home or a business.


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August 2, 2016 Venture Capital Investment Presentation

The August 2, 2016 Venture Capital Presentation featured the following companies pitching for capital:

Nimble Aircraft

Nimble solves cargo delivery problems for  industries where airplanes and helicopters can’t. The Nimble Drone™ is company developed, and has vertical take off and landing, hovering and economical horizontal flight capabilities with a 120 mile flying range.

EDGe Surgical

Since 1925 orthopedic surgeons have only had analogue gauges to measure for the length of screw(s) needed during surgery. The Electronic Depth Gauge (The EDG) is the first and only digital depth gauge for the orthopedics market. The EDG precisely measures surgically created orthopedic bone screw holes.

SoapBox Soap

Started in a college apartment kitchen in 2010, SoapBox is a social mission personal care company that has tripled growth every year since its founding in 2010. For every product the company sells, a bar of soap or month of clean water is donated to a person in need in the U.S. or around the world. After successful nationwide roll outs in Target, Publix, AHOLD and HyVee, the company’s purpose-driven, natural-oriented products have recently launched in Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kroger, Meijer, ShopRite and other partners throughout the country.


Early stage companies looking for venture capital: Please complete a company profile

Investors: Please register for the 9/6/16 presentations

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LACC Chairman D. Lorenzo Padron Appointed by Mayor Emanuel To Chicago Task Force on Removing Barriers to Employment and Entrepreneurship

On  July 20 the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a press release announcing the Chicago Task Force on Removing Barriers to Employment and Entrepreneurship, which will provide the City Council with recommendations for cutting red tape that too often gets in the way of job and business opportunities.

The task force will focus on three key priorities:

  1. To analyze the process for starting a business and applying for a City job, working to identify any roadblocks to opportunity in the application process. This review will include an assessment of the value of fingerprint background checks as a security measure as compared to its impact on job opportunities.
  2. To review the inspection and permitting process to identify opportunities to streamline the experience for individuals and businesses that interact with the City.
  3. To analyze existing business licenses and develop recommendations for improving the ease of doing business in Chicago.

The Task Force will by co-chaired by Deputy Mayor and Chief Neighborhood Development Officer Andrea Zopp and Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek.

Members include:

  • Alderman Anthony Beale, (9th)
  • Alderman Emma Mitts, (37th)
  • Alderman Patrick O’Connor, (40th)
  • Judy Frydland, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Buildings
  • Patti Scudiero, Zoning Administrator
  • Rebekah Scheinfeld, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation
  • Soo Choi, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Human Resources
  • Mona Noriega, Commissioner, Chicago Commission on Human Relations
  • D. Lorenzo PadronChairman & CEO, LACC

Want to learn more? Read the Office of the Mayor’s Press Release

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June 28, 2016 36th Ward Small Business Meet and Greet

Organized by Chicago Alderman Gilbert Villegas 36th Ward Office, this event attracted a significant number of local small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Guest Speakers:

  • Iris Martinez, Senator, 20th District
  • Ed Green, CEO, Community First Medical Center
  • Ricardo Garcia, Deputy District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Jamie L. Rhee, Chief Procurement Officer, City of Chicago, Department of Procurement Services

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Jamie L Rhee

Jamie L. Rhee, Chief Procurement Officer, City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services

State Senator Iris Martinez & D. Lorenzo Padron

Iris Martinez, State Senator and D. Lorenzo Padron, Chairman & CEO,  LACC

Gilbert Villegas, Alderman, 36th Ward, City of Chicago

Gilbert Villegas, Alderman, 36th Ward, City of Chicago

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 12, 2016 Venture Capital Investment Presentation

The July 12, 2016 Venture Capital Presentation featured the following companies pitching for capital:

ParqEx

Have a parking spot? Parking space owners can now rent out their parking spot on the ParqEx by the hour, day, week, or month. ParqEx’s customer service schedules the rest. Earn extra income and have money deposited into your bank account weekly.

SurgiNet

The SurgiNet Surgical Scaffold is a new, synthetic surgical mesh developed by a Doctor at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine that provides a clinically and economically superior solution to problems faced in reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery.

MaxGrad

MaxGrad is a ready-made solution that enables colleges and universities to identify their “near-completers.” MaxGrad is focused on helping students achieve their dreams by equipping higher education institutions with the necessary tools to target “near-completers” with personalized information such as degree completion percentage, missing required subject areas, degree completion over time periods and more. 


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June 25, 2016 Small Business Center On the Road

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Small Business Center On the Road event was held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago, IL.

Guest Speakers:

Michelle Williams was the keynote speaker and discussed her experience as an entrepreneur launching her Home and Bedding Collection, Believe at Home. Mayor Emanuel spoke to the small business owners and entrepreneurs in attendance about City initiatives to assist small business owners.  He discussed that the City is interested in reducing the time it takes a business to apply for licences and inspections from one or more city departments. The City is evolving to have more programs online for easier access to licensing, permits and inspection requirements for many types of businesses including restaurants, manufacturing, day care centers, motor vehicle repair shops and many others.

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