This group focuses on greater Chicago area entrepreneurs who wish to start or grow their businesses. We'll have scheduled FREE events and seminars around the area with topics ranging from DIY Web design and Search Engine Optimization to Crowdfunding, Grants, Incentives and SBA loans. Networking is an important part of what we do and most events will give you the opportunity to directly tell other area business people about your product or services. This group is privately funded so almost all activities are FREE. Just got and idea for a business or are you ready to hire your 50th employee? Either way, this group is for you.
Need funding to start or grow your business?
Then this event is for you!
Andrew Fogaty, Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the 36Squared Business Incubator and GSDC, will be joined by experts from CIBC, the Women's Business Development center, and Allies for Community Business to discuss both traditional bank funding and alternative lending programs including non profit lenders, equity crowdfunding, micro loans, SBA programs and more.
Intellectual property guru, attorney Randy Micheletti from IncubateIP will discuss methods of protecting your intellectual property and common mistakes that might make your business vulnerable. There will also be ample time available to get questions answered about your own business or product idea.
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This event is FREE thanks to our sponsors at CIBC , the City of Chicago, City of Chicago and the Illinois Small Business Development Network.