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Creative Sip
Jun
19
9:30 AM09:30

Creative Sip

A creative sip is an intimate, community chat which brings trending topics within creative and entrepreneurial spaces to an in-person forum where attendees and friends of Brand Chicago and ILA Creative Studio's communities can commune, collaborate, and converse; thus initiating dialogue that will inspire and serve as catalysts for next level innovation.

This month's topic: I'm An Artist and I'm Senstive About My Shi*t!

We're all creatives and we're passionate about what we do. We pour our entire selves into the work that we do, but sometimes it feels overlooked or underappreciated. Let's talk about creating freely without the need for validation; but with the motivation to continue pouring and sharing our gifts.

This is a free event sponsored by Target and Apologue Liquers . We encourage you to BYOB. Light snacks and wine will be provided.

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Business Plan in a Day
Apr
6
9:30 AM09:30

Business Plan in a Day

Whether you're just starting out or growing an established business, your success and profitability depends on knowing your market, knowing your customer, and developing a plan to keep you on-track for success! These are just some of the benefits of writing - or updating - your business plan. During this workshop, we’ll help you write a highly-focused business plan, as well as provide hands-on assistance to get you from point A to Z.

What do we mean by highly-focused? We’ll follow the lean-startup business plan model. It’s less comprehensive, yet contains key, necessary elements. In the time allowed, we'll develop the following elements of your business plan:

  1. Company Description & Summary

  2. Mission Statement

  3. Value Proposition

  4. Business Structure Identification

  5. Cost-Struction & Financials

  6. High-Level Market Research

  7. Product & Services Refinement

  8. Marketing Strategy

  9. Operational Planning

  10. Future Business Outlook

You’ll receive a business-plan template on-site, a light breakfast, and a tasty lunch! You'll also receive hands-on coaching and support throughout the workshop from the Brand Chicago team! We'll provide breaks between sessions to give you time to work on your plans and to ask questions!

Tickets are limited to ensure each attendee receives hands-on support.

Please bring a laptop or a notebook!

This event is in partnership with and located at The Bronzeville Incubator

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Tax 101: For Entrepreneurs + Freelancers
Jan
23
6:30 PM18:30

Tax 101: For Entrepreneurs + Freelancers

  • 1500 W. Carroll, 1st Floor, Suite 100, Room 1 Chicago, IL United States (map)
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Brand Chicago kicks off it’s first event of the year with a money maker! Join us on Wednesday, January 23rd and learn how to have a seamless tax filing process with CPA and owner of Badu Tax Services, Jeff Badu!

You’ll learn how to properly organize the necessary tax documents, the most common and uncommon tax write-offs for freelancers and entrepreneurs, and how to navigate the Quickbooks financial reporting software.

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Creative Sip
Nov
29
5:00 PM17:00

Creative Sip

Join us for our final Creative Sip of the year!

A creative sip is an intimate, community chat which brings trending topics within creative and entrepreneurial spaces to an in-person forum where attendees and friends of Brand Chicago and ILA Creative Studio's communities can commune, collaborate, and converse; thus initiating dialogue that will inspire and serve as catalysts for next level innovation.

This month's topic: The Business Behind the Creative. As we prepare for a new year, we'll discuss the business behind being a creative. It's so much more to being a creative than building a brand. We're walking businesses. Let's dive a bit deeper into what that means and share resources that can help each other.

Guest Moderator: Joseph Clark

This is a free event. We encourage you to BYOB. Light snacks and wine will be provided.

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Free Headshots w/ QV Studios + Brand Chicago
Nov
17
12:00 PM12:00

Free Headshots w/ QV Studios + Brand Chicago

Brand Chicago is partnering with one of our favorite creative design studios, QV Studios to celebrate 5 years of their creative design success! To commence, we are hosting a free headshot party for all.

RSVP. Show up. Put your name next on the list. Shoot your headshots for free. Select only for edits you want to pay for. Wait 24hours for electronic delivery. You will have all rights to the images once delivered. Edits will cost $25 per selection.

Doors open at 12pm. The sign-up list to shoot will close at 2pm sharp. Time slots to choose your images will be held every 30 minutes until 3:30pm. Please plan to stick around at least 30 mins.

Sign into the front desk and take the elevator up to the 22nd floor where you'll be greeted.


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Creative Sip
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Sip

Happening every 4th Wednesday of the month, these intimate, community chats will bring trending topics within creative and entrepreneurial spaces to an in-person forum where attendees and friends of Brand Chicago and ILA Creative Studio's communities can commune, collaborate, and converse; thus initiating dialogue that will inspire and serve as catalysts for next level innovation.

This month's topic: Mental Health vs. Mental Stability. We'll discuss the challenges that come with being a Black creative, entrepreneur, or professional! Two therapists will join and guide the conversation and we expect highly engaged and fruitful dialogue!

Guest Therapists!

- Shannon Terry, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (Moderator)
- Dr. Tiffany Bellamy, Licensed Professional Counselor (Featured Therapist)

This is a free event. We encourage you to BYOB. Light snacks and wine will be provided.

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Dr. Tiffany Bellamy

Licensed Professional Counselor at Sanders & Associates

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Shannon Terri

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

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