Every Monday | 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Have a business question? No need to make an appointment, just pop into our virtual office hours. Please note, this will not be a 1 on 1 session as multiple people can join.
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Unlocking State Funding Opportunities | May 4 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Any organization seeking grants from the State of Illinois must meet the requirements of and adhere to the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA). GATA provides uniform guidance for all State of Illinois grant programs. All applicants and grantees must comply with GATA grant requirements. GATA pre-qualification requirements must be completed before an organization submits a grant application to the State of Illinois. Attend an upcoming informational session to learn more about GATA and the steps required to meet pre-qualification requirements.
CEDA Services Informational Session | May 5 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Join this informational session presented in conjunction with the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA) and West Side Forward to learn more about free CEDA programs available to residents throughout the Chicagoland area.
Real Deal to Unlocking Capital | May 13 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm
One essential thing a business needs is access to capital. Yet, many business owners struggle to find the right channels to get that next release of cash that could take their business to the next level. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get in a room with the right people who could share how to gain access? Join our panel of capital access experts from Regions Bank, Associated Bank, LISC, CNI, CCLF, and Chase Bank who will share insider knowledge that can help you gain access to the capital you need to grow and sustain your business.
Social Media Quick Tips | May 15 | 10:00 - 11:00 am
Refresh and update your social pages to increase engagement and traffic. This workshop offers a checklist of things you can to get more out of your social media pages.
Starting Your Retail Business in Illinois | May 19 | 12:00 -1:00 pm
For entrepreneurs interested in or in the early stages of starting a business in the retail industry, this workshop offers a high-level view of what it takes to launch your business, the best resources to get started, the pros and cons of brick mortar vs e-commerce business model as well as the many resources available to you.
Resume Quick Tips | May 20 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Coming out of the pandemic and ready to get back to work? This workshop offers a checklist of things you can do to freshen up your resume.
Building Your Marketing Power Team | May 27 | 5:30 - 6:30 pm
To run a successful business, it is important to engage your customer. Once you engage your customer, then you must develop a relationship that is mutually beneficial. Knowing how to engage and maintain customer relationships is part science and part art form. In this spinoff event from our earlier discussion on the importance of Power Team Advisors, we dive deeper and share marketing tips and timely knowledge that will help take your market well in this new age.
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