If you believe it would be helpful to gain experience presenting to groups of customers and/or investors, the Purdue NW (Hammond) Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center participates in the Kauffmann Foundation’s 1 Million Cups program.
If you would like to apply to present, then can easily do that here in 3-5 minutes: http://www.1millioncups.com/hammond
They meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month through the summer and will likely start up every week again in September.
Find Funding For Your Business
Alternative Funding Sources
¨ Learn about SEEDChicago, a curated Kickstarter site offering coaching
¨ Learn about AccionChicago’s funding programs to fit your business
Even if a bank has turned you down, there are reasonable alternatives to get your business going. AccionChicago ‘s Olivia Riedel will discuss their crowdfunding program that includes curating your campaign and providing coaching to make it successful. She will also provide information on Accion’s other business finance programs providing up to $100,000.
DATE: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
TIME: 6:00pm to 6:30pm: Tour Prairie State College’s MakerLab and Manufacturing labs available to help you prototype
6:30pm to 8:30pm: Accion Chicago presentation
LOCATION: Prairie State College
202 South Halsted Street
Room T-192 (Campus Map)
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Free Registration at : https://southworks-find-funding.eventbrite.com
- Need funding for your startup?
- Looking for a way to test the market and your pricing?
Yuri Gallegos contracted Dengue Fever from a mosquito on a trip to Brazil. That painful experience was motivation enough to create Elimifly, a better way to control mosquitoes to spare others from the many awful illnesses they spread.
Meet Yuri and learn how he succeeded with crowdfunding and how you can use it to raise startup funds, validate your idea, and launch your business.
Yuri will share the lessons he’s learned building a business, Quasar Designs. In this presentation and Q&A, Yuri will also share his entrepreneurial journey with us- from developing ideas to building prototypes to finding funding, suppliers and customers.
DATE: Saturday, May 13, 2017
TIME: 10:00am to Noon; Networking afterward
LOCATION: SouthWorks MakerLab Park Forest
208 Forest Blvd.
Park Forest, IL 60466
Free Registration at https://southworks-successful-crowdfunding.eventbrite.com
A full class of 20 crafters/makers have been attending the official Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program offered by SouthWorks MakerLab Network. Twenty crafters- some are experienced crafters who have sold online or at local craft fairs and others are thinking about turning items they’ve made for family and friends into a business venture- gather on six consecutive Tuesday evenings at South Suburban College’s Oak Forest Campus to learn from Daphane Taylor, an experienced Etsy seller how to turn their “making” talents into a business.
Participants’ products range from unique works of art to homemade rocking horses to jewelry, clothing, beauty products, and household furniture and décor. See the attached photos (Continue Reading, below) for the beautiful pictures professional photographer Larry Burrows (Photography by Larry Burrows) took for workshop participants. Even e-books and music are sold on Etsy as long as they are designed or hand made by the seller. Vintage items and craft supplies are the only exception.
SouthWorks is the only Etsy-certified training provider in the Chicagoland region. The program provides prospective and current Etsy sellers with an understanding of the process to start a business and to create an online Etsy store. Much time is spent on online marketing tools and techniques, product pricing strategies, and operations and customer service. A professional photographer even teaches them how to take the most inviting photos of their items to post in their Etsy store using only their smartphone camera and items they already have at home.
MakerLabs are a natural opportunity for people to develop products that sell on Etsy. Laser cutters and engravers, 3D printers, vinyl cutters, computer-controlled carvers, woodworking, metalworking, electronics equipment and more provide ample inspiration and opportunity for creativity. Tools have become much easier to master, so that anyone with a design idea should be able to quickly produce a prototype. In addition, much of the design and operating software has become free, so users can access it from their own computers at home. The MakerLabs provide training as well as consultation and open shop time for individuals to work on their own project ideas- whether a new product to sell, a one-of-a-kind gift, or the home repair project.