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Illinois District Office  - June 2019

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National Safety Month

Take steps to protect your employees and your business

June is National Safety Month - when was the last time you revisited your workplace safety plan? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides resources designed specifically for small business employers, including safety and health tools and publications, easy-to-follow guides for specific OSHA standards, and descriptions of benefits available to small businesses.

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Prizes available for innovators helping to lift up entrepreneurs

SBA contests are open for accelerators and makerspaces

  • The Makerspace Training, Collaboration, and Hiring (or MaTCH) competition, aimed at addressing the job skills and placement gap shortages faced by U.S. businesses, challenges existing makerspaces to create or expand training programs. The SBA will award up to $1 million total in prizes to fund winning proposals. The deadline to submit a business plan is July 8, and the entry form, rules, and requirements can be found at: www.sba.gov/match.
  • The fifth round of the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition will recognize the nation’s most innovative accelerators (as well as incubators, co-working startup communities, or other similar models) with up to 60 prizes of $50,000 each, for a total of $3 million in prizes. Competition rules, requirements, and additional information can be found at www.sbir.gov/accelerators. Applications can be submitted from June 10-20. This year’s competition is geared toward growth accelerators that provide assistance to technology-focused entrepreneurs. 

Upcoming Events

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Thursday, June 6

Master Class: Create an Opt-In Your Ideal Clients Will Find Irresistible | Schaumburg (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC at Harper College) 

Value Proposition | Glen Ellyn (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC/ITC/PTAC at College of DuPage)

Monday, June 10

Market to the Feds (And Leverage Their Data) | Glen Ellyn (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC/ITC/PTAC at College of DuPage)

Tuesday, June 11

Starting Government Contracting | Glen Ellyn (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC/ITC/PTAC at College of DuPage)

Export 101 | Glen Ellyn (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC/ITC/PTAC at College of DuPage)

Starting Your Business in Illinois | Champaign (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC at Champaign County EDC)

Starting a Business in Illinois | Schaumburg (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC at Harper College) 

Wednesday, June 12

Financial Evaluation: Business Scorecard | Glen Ellyn (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC/ITC/PTAC at College of DuPage)

The Essentials of Export Financing | Grayslake (Sponsored the the Illinois SBDC at the College of Lake County)

HUBZone Workshop | Chicago

Thursday, June 13

Content & Communication | Glen Ellyn (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC/ITC/PTAC at College of DuPage)

Master Class: Create Killer Content Consistently | Schaumburg (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC at Harper College) 

Digital Marketing Essentials | Champaign (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC at Champaign County EDC)