On Saturday morning, the Chicago Small Business Center (SBC) kicked-off the first of 2016’s Small Business Center on the Road series at Kennedy-King College‘s U Building, located at 740 West 63rd Street. With a new year comes new sponsored partnerships, which included some swanky upgrades to the program.
Limited complimentary cosmetic makeovers were provided by new sponsor Ulta Beauty. Western Union, Country Financial and 5/3 Bank are also new Chicago SBC on the Road event sponsors. Professional headshots were also provided.
Saturday’s expo began with a keynote address from entrepreneur, philanthropist and former NFL running back Jarrett Payton, son of late Chicago Bear Walter Payton. Various workshops were offered and a battery of small business resources was made available to the attendees via Illinois small business entities (e.g., SCORE Chicago, Illinois Secretary of State, etc.) and independent service providers.
Local digital publisher Dante Hamilton – founder of Internet Webpages Newspaper (IWN) and Chicago Blog Week – attended the event to spread the word about his Friday, March 11 event, Uplift: Elevating Diversity in Technology. Diversity-focused and tech-forward Black Tech Mecca was represented by its founder and CEO Fabian Elliott, as well as Dineo Seakamela of Marketing and Communications. Elliott also served as emcee during the expo’s networking power hour.
Black Tech Mecca is a collaborative community initiative that is building a thriving black tech ecosystem in Chicago by strengthening connections, quantifying impact and directing growth for individuals, community organizations and companies.
Janice Jones, founder of J & T Locksmiths, also attended the event to increase awareness of her services.
The Chicago Small Business on the Road expo is held five times a year. Through the expos, Chicagoans have increased access to the SBC’s resources via workshops, counselors, subject matter experts and special guest speakers.
Visit www.chismallbizexpo.com to register for upcoming small business expos.