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Edgewater Chamber Program Helps Local Entrepreneur’s Ideas Become Competitive Businesses


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If you live or work in Edgewater Area, chances are that you know of someone who would like to start a small business or not for profit organization. Perhaps you have an idea, but are not sure how to get it off the ground? Would your idea be something that the community would embrace? What would make your idea different from something that may already exist?

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Goodcity and Starting Up Now, may have just the answer for you.

For four weeks in July, sessions will meet every Thursday at the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce,  1210 W. Rosedale. You will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of Goodcity and Starting Up Now along with other like-minded individuals who also have ideas to promote and share.

Katrina Balog, Executive Director of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, hopes this will be an unique opportunity for the participants. Not only will the training help you develop a vision for your organization, it will also help you define a competitive advantage in order to help your company stand out from the crowd while identifying a target market.

Balog said. “We want to limit the group to eight or ten individuals since this seems to be a good size for people to participate.” Networking in a small group seems to be a valuable component to these sessions.

“There will be an orientation on June 30 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.,” Balog says. “The sessions will take place every Thursday in July (July 7, 14, 21 and 28) from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. The cost of the sessions would be $79. We have tried to keep the cost reasonable.”

Balog also noted that there are two other similar sessions to be held in the city, but the one in Edgewater is the only one which will be located on the north side.

According to the program’s press release, individuals will receive:

• Online training on starting a business or nonprofit for social impact

• One on one coaching for your idea

• Weekly group sessions to meet other like-minded entrepreneurs and opportunity to learn from each other

• 6GB Tablet for online training courtesy of Samsung

• Opportunity to test your idea and potentially launch your organization

For more information on the program go to Goodcitychicago.org.

To register or for more information, contact Katrina Balog, Executive Director, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, katrina@edgewater.org or 773-561-6000.


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