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(WEBINAR) ENTREPRENEURSHIP ESSENTIALS (E2): COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS FOR BUSINESSES

Join serial entrepreneur Phil Leslie for this session where we “get real” about how early-stage companies think about competitive analysis, especially in a digital/web environment. This session will challenge your thinking about who you are (and aren’t) competing against. It will help you develop strategies to communicate your unique selling proposition to just the right market segment. Warning: you may leave this session concluding that you need to yield certain prospects to your competitors. And that’s ok, because you’ll also […]

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(WEBINAR) 1776 & UCEDC Presents: Marketing Research Tools for Small Businesses

In this webinar, you’ll gain a practical understanding of marketing research techniques and tools. You’ll learn how to develop a marketing strategy by utilizing free resources to access customer demographics, spending habits, and possible trends in your industry. There will be particular emphasis on how to target your best potential customers and minimize wasted exposure, helping you deliver your products and services cost effectively. Discover how to put ReferenceUSA and DemographicsNOW to work for you Learn how business librarians can […]

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(WEBINAR) Creating More Effective Teams with Empathetic Leadership

Being a founder of a startup comes with a great level of tension/stress in our being. In this interactive talk, Seung Chan Lim of Realizing Empathy, will share case studies to dissect how tension impacts our leadership performance and how realizing empathy with ourselves can help us identify problems and improve overall individual and company performance. REGISTER HERE

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(Workshop) Entity Selection and Formation

Series Description: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law's Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center (DPELC) will be hosting this workshop series to provide an overview on some of the key legal issues that entrepreneurs need to navigate.  Register Here: 

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(Pitch Event) Chicago Film Xlerator – Virtual Pitch Night

Join our pitch night and witness the works of four amazing creators from Chicago as they pitch for an opportunity to join the XLerator family. Stick around after the presentations to congratulate the winner. Finalists Adenike Thomas - "The Red Line" Simeon Henderson - "Ronin" Charles Honeywood - "Pictures Only" Maame Addae - "I Don't Want Any Trouble" Judges Charles Andrew Gardner, President of SAG-AFTRA Chicago Dani Jackson, Edelman Vice President Brand + Multicultural + DEI ; Founder @TheCre8tors Lonnie […]

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(WEBINAR) ENTREPRENEURSHIP ESSENTIALS (E2): USING GRANTS, LOANS, AND REVENUE SHARING FOR BUSINESS GROWTH

Join us for a panel as we feature guest speakers to discuss how to utilize grants, loans and revenue sharing for business growth. In this panel discussion, following topics will be discussed: Distinguish types of capital available for business Highlight non-dillutive capital different types of businesses use in growth Discuss advantages/disadvantages of types of loan programs and stage of business Thank you to MUFG Union Bank, N.A., for support of programming to reach small business owners. For more information, please […]

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(WEBINAR) ENTREPRENEURSHIP ESSENTIALS (E2): MENTAL HEALTH FOR ENTREPRENEURS

“Climbing Mt. Everest was the second hardest thing I’ve ever done. The second nearest I’ve ever felt to dying. The first is being an entrepreneur.” – Erik Severinghaus While the entrepreneurial industry takes advantage of the natural optimism of entrepreneurs, the truth is far more ominous. The entrepreneurial community faces three times the rate of substance abuse and twice the rate of suicide as the general population. The books, movies, and conferences on entrepreneurship amplify only the voices of the […]

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(WEBINAR) ISA Presents: An “Enchanted” Conversation with Bill Kelly

Join us for ISA Presents: An "Enchanted" Conversation with screenwriter, Bill Kelly, best know for writing "Blast From The Past", "Premonition" and Disney's "Enchanted." We will be talking with screenwriter, Bill Kelly, about his own experiences from idea to development to production. How does he know when an idea is good? What elements are most important in selling a script? How does he deal with executives? How do you become a working screenwriter? Find out the answers to these and […]

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(WEBINAR) ENTREPRENEURSHIP ESSENTIALS (E2): BRANDING FOR STARTUPS

During this interactive and entertaining session, you will discover how to build and maximize your company’s Brand. Learn how you can powerfully communicate your Brand to customers, buyers, investors, the media and more by using crafty and affordable methods. Attendees will have a first-hand look at what other early-stage companies are doing to achieve branding success. We’ll pull back the curtain and explore the difference between inspired and uninspired businesses. By the end of the session, you’ll realize new and […]

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