Making Business Decisions As you Navigate the Downturn
Presented by Lauren Barron and Kim Grotto

During this economic downturn, how do you productively move your business forward?

COVID-19 and Illinois’ associated shelter-in-place order has created unprecedented challenges for independent business owners. As you deal with the consequences of this pandemic–including shifting consumer confidence and spending habits, as well as the impact on your business operations–it’s important to have steady voices and professional partners in your corner.

Meet marketing expert Kim Grotto of Grotto Marketing and finance expert Lauren Barron of Fiercely You, Inc. They are ready to field your questions on how to process these events and productively move your business forward, over the short and long-term.

Join this webinar to ask them any question that’s impacting your business and what to do next.

Thursday, April 9th at 11:00 am

Technology Roundtable
Presented by Bill Dallman

What are the technology challenges for small businesses? What should the buzzwords like AI, ML and Cloud really mean to me? Get answers to these questions from Larry Blackburn and Rizwan Khan, co-founders of Datatelligent. There will also be open discussion where you can share your challenges and strategies for using technology in your small business. Food and drinks will be provided.

Hosted at Innovation DuPage More info and registration here.


Building a Business Website
Presented by Bill Dallman

Sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Public Library

Get hands-on experience with a website-building tool and hear first-time website tips from local small business owner.

Hosted at the Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St. Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 More info and registration here.


Exploring Entrepreneurship – A conversation with startup founders from the northern Illinois region
Presented by Travis Linderman

Sponsored by Northern Illinois University and Innovation DuPage

Moderated by Travis Linderman, Managing Director at Innovation DuPage. Join us for a panel discussion with regional entrepreneurs building products, innovation brands and game changing technology. The event will include an engaging panel discussion focusing on the each phase of launching a fast growing business and how they are attracting talent, growing sales and raising early investment. The discussion is an opportunity to ask questions and learn from startup founders taking different paths to build their businesses. The event is open to all NIU students, NIU faculty and staff, and community members.

Hosted at Founders Memorial Library, lower Level – 71 North. 217 Normal Rd, Dekalb, IL. 60115 More info and registration here.


R Boot Camp
Presented by Joe Cursio

Sponsored by Benedictine University

We will cover installing R for the first time (preferably R-Studio), cover the basics of programming (like loops and such), and work together on a first project. You don’t need to know anything about R to get started.

Hosted at Benedictine University, 5700 College Rd Lisle. 221 Goodwin Hall. Lisle, IL. 60532 Register here.


CougarTank – Business Idea Competition

Sponsored by Concordia University of Chicago

CougarTank invites COB students (undergraduate business majors & minors, MVA, MAIE, and DBA) to apply their creative entrepreneurial acumen to develop and share their innovative ideas for a new business. No financial or formal business plans are needed, just a great idea that solves a problem or harnesses an opportunity with serious market potential!
Hosted at Concordia University Chicago – College of Business. More info here.

Round I Wednesday, February 12 / 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Round II Thursday, March 19 / 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – POSTPONED

Round III Friday, April 17 / 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – POSTPONED

Demystifying VC & Angel Investment

Sponsored by Innovation DuPage and SBDC

Hosted at the College of DuPage – Homeland Security Education Center (HEC) building.




Facebook – Selling Products Online

With Dr. Sanju Abraham

This meeting will cover various topics for incorporating your product catalog into Facebook. This session will also cover differences between Facebook Shop and Facebook Marketplace, ways to incorporate your product catalog, and how the role of selling on Facebook fits into your overall marketing strategy. There will be some time for networking at the end of the session.