The City of Chicago's Office of New Americans (ONA) and the Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) invite small business owners and entrepreneurs to a series of neighborhood business expos called the Small Business Center on the Road. The expos, sponsored by Western Union, are free and open to the public and will offer business education, resources on financing, licensing process, tax laws and provide an opportunity to network with important stakeholders in the community.
The expo will have more than 40 exhibitors offering information and resources on:
- How to finance a small business
- How to start the licensing process
- How to understand and comply with tax laws and other legal requirements
- Business planning and counseling
- Where to connect with chambers of commerce
The expo will include a workshop, a panel discussion and a free on-site tax clinic.
Panel Discussion: Microlending - A Great Tool for Business Growth and Development
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: Start with entrepreneur, add microlending and technology, sprinkle marketing, leverage your W/MBE/DBE etc. certification and let Simmer.
Panelists: Jamie Rhee, Chief Procurement Officer City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services, Melinda Kelly of Chatham Business Association, Teyonda Wertz of South Shore Chamber, Inc., Gus Issacson of Central Lakeview Merchants, and Adrian Soto of Eighteenth Street Development Corp. The discussion will be moderated by Abraham David Lacy of Far South CDC.
Workshop: Making Lemonade Out of the Lemons of Life
Presented by Norma J. Williams, Founder, and Chief Alignment Officer, of NJW Consulting
Free On-Site Tax Clinic
Presented by the Center for Economic Progress. Space is limited to 21 appointments. Call 312.744.5504 to schedule a time.
I love The Knot, the website is very helpful.. and there's discussion boards on there as well.
I like to flip through bridal magazines, I've got a lot from those, especially a local Michigan Brides magazine, so I don't know if your state has one of those.
Any bridal shows around where you live? That's something worth checking into :)
6k budget club!
My FH and I have a 6k budget as well. We are keeping it less costly by deciding what i want and then finding it cheaper online. We found a reception hall that basically does it all for under $3,000! I have gone to millions of bridal shows for ideas and deals. Our professional photographer is only costing us $650 and they are all over so check them out! they are in Indiana, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin, and Ohio.
I am getting a great deal on linens at this site
In Detroit area - locaton, location, location!!
Your plan sounds like a winner.
I personally would position my location to be easy to reach from 696, 96, 94, 75, 275, etc. You will potentially get clients from all of S.E. Michigan.
Flint, Lansing, Toledo, Port Huron, etc. should be able to get on the highway and reach you within an hour. You have a very populated area to draw from.
If I were looking at this type of business, I wouldn't be concerned about prime, "Main $teet" retail space, as much as a large space with plenty of on-site parking. Think: close to the freeway, warehouse/studio (paint it white and add lots of tulle & mirrors) space that you can grow into and is cheaper - AND you can host bridal fashion shows regularly! With an on-line presence, and good word of mouth, your clients WILL find you