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Kane County is set to unveil a program aimed at advancing the development of minority businesses and business entrepreneurs.
The concept is similar to the successful Kane County Export Grant Program in that it piggybacks on another program in order to provide additional incentives for Kane County businesses to apply.
In this case, the Kane County incentive would pay for loan closing costs and fees up to $2,500 for any local business that applies for and wins funding from the state of Illinois’ new Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship program.
Under that program, just announced by Gov. Bruce Rauner, up to 15 minority/women-owned startup or small businesses in the Chicago region — including Kane County — will be selected by the state to receive training and mentorship as well as access to capital in the form of loans. The ADME selection process emphasizes the business’s potential to create jobs.
The aim of Kane County’s program, which was brought up in resolution form at the Sept. 16 Kane County Board Jobs Committee meeting, is the same as ADME: to strengthen start-up and small businesses by tapping into the potential of underrepresented communities, including African-American, Latino, Asian-American, women, and veteran entrepreneurs.
The ADME application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016.
If the resolution is passed on Oct. 6 by the County Board Executive Committee and approved by the full County Board, any Kane County resident who is accepted into ADME will be eligible for a supplemental grant of up to $2,500, paid for via Kane County Economic Development funds.
Criteria for ADME Candidates
- Must be 21 years of age or older.
- Must be a United States citizen.
- Business annual gross revenue must be less than $1 million.
- Businesses selected for the program must become certified as a Minority Business Enterprise and in “Good Standing” with the State of Illinois.
- Business address must be located within the three selected regions Rockford, Chicago or Peoria, Illinois.
- Must be qualified as a member of one of the following minority groups: Women, African-American, Latino-American, Asian-American, Disabled-Persons or a Veteran.
Find more information on the ADME program, visit the ADME Illinois website.
For more information on the Kane County program, contact Chris Toth, Kane County Development & Community Services Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-232-3491.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Registration: 8:00 – 9:00
Sessions: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Matchmaking / Networking: 8:00 am to 1:30 pm
222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654
SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATE THE FEDERAL CONTRACTING INDUSTRY AND WIN FEDERAL CONTRACTS BY KNOWING THE RULES AND UNDERSTANDING THE STRATEGIES
ChallengeHER works specifically with the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) federal contracting program as a tool to help to assist women business owners leverage federal awards, learn the federal procurement process, and to connect them with the right people.
With this knowledge, you are much better positioned to grow your business and increase your revenue.
Information is power!
|Marketing Your Business to Help Create WOSB Set-Asides with Freida Curry, Director, Procurement Technical Assistance
Conversation with Panel of Federal Buyers with U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Housing and Urban Development, Department of Energy, and Direct Steel and Construction.
Research and Marketing – “Doing Your Homework!” with Rita Haake, Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
Who’s Who in Procurement Buying with Janice Kaiser, Procurement Center Representative and Tom Krusemark, Procurement Center Representative
Making Your Business DCAA Compliant with Arelis Diaz, Supervisory Auditor, DCAA and Kimberly Chow, Senior Auditor, DCAA
Teaming and Joint Ventures with Michelle Kantor, Partner, McDonald Hopkins LLC
Enjoy Matchmaking with Resource Partners, Agencies, and Primes.
Alliance for Industry and Manufacturing
(visit often to review updated list)
Event is free; seating is limited
For additional information, please email ChallengeHER@wipp.org
A few special notes on our program:
- Event registration and networking will begin at 8:00am and the program will begin promptly at 9:00am.
- Remember to bring ample business cards for networking purposes.
- Bring your Capability Statement for Matchmaking
- Coffee and light pastries served
A groundbreaking exports initiative with handfuls of success stories right here in Kane County has been recognized as one of the top economic development efforts of the past year.
The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Illinois Economic Development Association, named Metro Chicago Exports a winner of the eighth annual Economic Development in Illinois Awards — the Edies.
“We are proud to recognize five outstanding economic development projects that were completed in 2015,” said Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber. “Economic development is key to Illinois’ continued growth and recovery, and these companies are making a difference. The Edies honor those who imagine, design, invest, and build in Illinois, and by doing so bring jobs, growth and prosperity to our communities.”
In 2015, the Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program provided $225,000 in funding to 54 regional companies— including many in Kane County — to offset financial risks associated with exporting and investing in research, certifications and other services necessary to pursue opportunities in the global marketplace. This resulted in $10 million in new revenue to the region, eight new jobs, and 25 retained jobs.
The program used three strategies: fill the pipeline, strengthen the local network and reduce the costs of international trade growth.
Metro Chicago Exports is a collaboration between seven counties — Kane, Cook, DuPage, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will — and the city of Chicago, and its goal is to increase exports from small- and mid-sized enterprises and support regional job growth. It is a strategic economic development program and is part of the region’s broader business retention and expansion strategy.
Kane County is an active participant in the Metro Chicago Exports program. In fact, the county offers the additional incentive of matching any grant that a Kane County company wins in the program — a value of up to $10,000.
Applications for the 2016 Grant Program will be accepted through May 27, 2016. Details and eligibility requirements pertaining to the 2016 Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program are available at www.MetroChicagoExports.com.
If you have any questions about the Kane County program, please contact Chris Toth of Kane County Development and Community Services Department at email@example.com or 630-232-3491.
2015 KANE COUNTY GRANT AWARDEES
- Riverbank Laboratories, Inc. — Geneva
- Miner Elastomer Products Corporation — Geneva
- SBS Steel Belt Systems USA — Gilberts
- InFlight Entertainment Products — Carpentersville
- AIR802 — Aurora
- Radco Industries, Inc. — Batavia
- Micro Products Company — Batavia
- Brasel Products, Inc. — Batavia
Attend the Illinois Tollway Construction Resource Fair, Wednesday, April 27, 2016 and learn how you can become a participating contractor in the Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future Program. This new 15-year, $12 billion capital program is open to construction prime contractors and subcontractors including disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprise firms (D/M/WBE’s), as well as small and veteran-owned businesses.
Registration is FREE for the Illinois Tollway Construction Resource Fair.
- Get updates on upcoming business opportunities
- Hear Illinois Tollway’s top executives talk about this new $12 billion program
- Learn the bidding and awards process for the Job Order Contracting (JOC) Program
- Get information on diversity programs and resources available
- Participate in the scheduled “Workshops for Success” sessions
Don’t miss your chance to network with JOC prime contractors, Illinois Tollway resource partners and other small businesses. For additional information email the Illinois Tollway’s Diversity and Strategic Development at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Joseph Business School – Joseph Center, 7600 W. Roosevelt Rd., Forest Park, IL Free parking is available.
NOTE Online registration ends Monday, April 25th at Noon (12 p.m.)
www.onlineregistrationcenter.com Register Online >
Same day on-site registration begins Wednesday, April 27th at 8:30 a.m.
In May 2015, Metro Chicago Exports (MCE) announced the launch of a Grant Program to help small and mid-sized businesses grow in international trade, specifically through exports. The Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co., awards grants up to $5,000 to businesses throughout Northeastern Illinois. This innovative and successful grant program has been renewed for 2016.
The Kane County Exports Grant Program provides an additional incentive for Kane County companies to start or increase exporting. Companies located in Kane County which apply for, and are awarded, a grant from Metro Chicago Exports, would be eligible for up to an additional $5,000 from Kane County to reimburse 50% of eligible expenses associated with implementing an export plan.
These grants will reimburse 50 percent of eligible expenses associated with exporting, such as executive training, trade show participation, and international certifications. The 2016 Grant Program will accept applications through May 27, 2016. Later this year, Metro Chicago Exports will host a pitch fest during which both 2015 and 2016 grant recipients will be eligible to submit a pitch for additional funding totaling $30,000.
Additional details and eligibility requirements pertaining to the 2016 Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program are available at www.MetroChicagoExports.com.
Another Community Foundation scholarship application cycle has come to a close. We received 705 applications – the most in Foundation history!
Thank you to all the students who applied. The Community Foundation and its scholarship donors are proud to support local students with their educational journeys.
Please feel free to contact our Scholarship Team at email@example.com or (630) 896-7800 if you have questions.
What Happens Next?
If you have successfully submitted your application, please stay tuned to the Scholarship Checklist to review the supporting documents we have received from you. Also, please be sure to check your e-mail regularly so you do not miss any important information regarding your scholarship application.
Toward the end of February, the scholarship team will send you a Supplemental Application Information Form that you must complete and submit by Monday, March 14. FAFSA and SAR documentation is also due by March 14.
Beginning in May, the scholarship committee will review the applications. With 705 applicants, this committee has the difficult task of determining how to distribute the scholarships.
Applicants will be notified on June 1, 2016, as to whether or not they have received a Foundation scholarship.
The Humane Society of Aurora Fund has been created to support the Humane Society and its adoption program. The Humane Society of Aurora works in partnership with Aurora Animal Control and Care to increase adoptions and rescues, improve shelter conditions, and to educate and assist the community in responsible pet ownership. To learn more about the Humane Society of Aurora, visit their fund profile page.
The Wayne and Karin Greenawalt Family Fund has been established to provide ongoing financial support for Wayside Cross Ministries in Aurora. Wayside Cross serves not only men whose lives are troubled and in crisis, but also homeless women and children, at-risk youth, people behind bars, and low income families. Wayne Greenawalt was the executive director of Wayside Cross Ministries from 1984-2010. Karin Greenawalt is a kindergarten teacher at Aurora Christian School where she has served for more than 30 years.
The Clyde and Kathryn Case Shields Kiwanis Legacy Endowment Fund kicks off a campaign for the Aurora Kiwanis Club’s centennial anniversary year. Clyde Shields, the current president of the Aurora Kiwanis Club, and his wife Kathryn are the first members to create a Kiwanis Legacy Endowment Fund within the Foundation. The goal is for 10 Kiwanis Club members to establish their own centennial endowment funds to support the next 100 years of Kiwanis in Aurora.
Richard and Irma Larson of Sugar Grove recently established the Richard J. and Irma E. Larson Scholarship Fund. Richard served as a judge for over twenty years, and Irma was a school teacher. Richard’s parents worked in the fields of ministry and agricultural. To pay tribute to the careers of the Larson family, the Richard J. and Irma E. Larson Scholarship Fund will be awarded to students who choose law, education, ministry or agriculture as their fields of study.
CF Now Accepting Letters of Intent
The Community Foundation is now accepting Letters of Intent from non-profit agencies for the spring 2016 grant cycle. Letter of Intent forms are available on our grantmaking page.
Foundation grants are awarded for capital purposes in the areas of education, social services, health care and arts & humanities.
During the fall 2015 grant cycle, the Foundation awarded fourteen grants - the most in Community Foundation history! A total of $153,070 was awarded to help local organizations fulfill their missions. A total of 26 grants were awarded for more than $302,000 in all of 2015.
After Letters of Intent are submitted, the director of community involvement and partnerships will contact each agency to determine their eligibility, talk about their project, and schedule a site visit.
The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is Friday, April 8, 2016.
If you have any questions, please visit our Grant FAQ Page or contact Julie Christman at (331) 208-9428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.