Happy Pride Month!

Illinois District Office  - June 2019

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Happy Pride Month!

LGBTQ businesses contribute $1.7 trillion+ to the U.S. economy and have created more than 33,000 jobs, according to the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. The SBA is proud to support LGBTQ entrepreneurs at every stage of the business lifecycle. Tap into SBA services to start or grow your small business.

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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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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)

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)

Tuesday, June 18

Using Social Media Marketing to Spread Your Message | Schaumburg (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC at Harper College) 

Small Business Tax Filing: Where Do I Start? | Glen Ellyn (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC/ITC/PTAC at College of DuPage)

Wednesday, June 19

The Startup Guide to Business | Glen Ellyn (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC/ITC/PTAC at College of DuPage)

8(a) Orientation: Construction Businesses | Chicago

Thursday, June 20

Master Class: Email Automation Domination | Schaumburg (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC at Harper College) 

Strategic Naming for Business | Glen Ellyn (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC/ITC/PTAC at College of DuPage)

Monday, June 24

Legal Issues for the Small Business Owner | Glen Ellyn (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC/ITC/PTAC at College of DuPage)

Tuesday, June 25

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

LinkedIn for Business 101 | Champaign (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC at Champaign County EDC)

The Certification Process | Glen Ellyn (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC/ITC/PTAC at College of DuPage)

Wednesday, June 26

Outline Your Business Plan | Glen Ellyn (Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC/ITC/PTAC at College of DuPage)