Upcoming Business Programs

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NaperLaunch Meetup: The Pitch Session

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM -- Nichols Library

Want to practice your pitch? This is your opportunity to participate in a pitch session by making a 10 minute pitch or observing others and offering feedback. Pitchers can choose from three optional pitch formats: 

  • Request funding for growth of your business
  • Pitch for a partner to join your business
  • Make a sales pitch for your product or service

The Pitch session is held when there is a 5th Thursday in the month. Next sessions: June 30 and Sept. 29.
No registration needed to observe and give feedback at this meet up.
To APPLY to give a 10 minute pitch, click on the Register Now button and submit your pitch for consideration.

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Entrepreneurs Week: Effective Facebook Marketing (95th)

Monday, October 03, 2016 at 6:30 PM -- 95th Street Library
This presentation will evaluate the many tools of Facebook, including accounts, pages, groups, posts, likes, boosts, ads and insights, what all these mean and what combination works best for business growth. Longtime NaperLaunch contributor Don Gingold of Sprocket Websites will review each tool in turn and help small business owners determine the investment as well as the return.

Entrepreneurs Week: Go Global, Basic Guidelines for Exporting (95th)

Tuesday, October 04, 2016 at 6:30 PM -- 95th Street Library
Many businesses think they are too small to compete in the world market. But in fact, 97% of all exporters are small businesses. While 96% of the world's customers reside outside of the U.S., most U.S. companies never think of foreign markets and do not realize that foreign sales opportunities are now well within reach. The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center will provide a road map to exporting and finding buyers overseas. Tools on how to present the business and what can be expected from local lenders will also be discussed.

Entrepreneurs Week: Financing Business Growth (95th)

Wednesday, October 05, 2016 at 6:30 PM -- 95th Street Library
At various stages of the life cycle of every business there will be needs for financing growth. Specific needs of a business dictate the available sources and structure of funding. Rick Burgess, CEO of Connect Lending, will address the financing needs of a business in the earliest stages of the life cycle. Attendees will understand the options that are available and how to qualify for the funding needed for business expansion, revenue growth and equipment acquisition.

Entrepreneurs Week: Intellectual Property Part 1, Patents & Trade Secrets (95th)

Thursday, October 06, 2016 at 6:30 PM -- 95th Street Library
Patents and trade secrets often can cover the same information. However, the steps for obtaining each and the level of protection for each are quite different. This presentation will describe the requirements for protecting trade secrets and obtaining patents, analyze the advantages and disadvantages of choosing one form over the other, and discuss enforcement against infringers. Both entrepreneurs who have existing businesses and those considering beginning a business are encouraged to attend. 

Small Business: Intellectual Property Part 2, Copyrights and Trademarks (95th)

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 at 6:30 PM -- 95th Street Library
Intellectual property as a business asset has become increasingly important in the information age. This workshop focuses on two forms of intellectual property: trademarks and copyrights. Although somewhat similar, each covers different forms of expression for different purposes, and each offers different kinds of protection. The workshop will examine the creation and maintenance of each and how to enforce one's rights against would-be infringers. The workshop is useful for entrepreneurs who have existing businesses and those considering beginning a business.

Life in the Freelance Lane: Business Basics for Building a Freelance Writing Career (95th)

Wednesday, November 09, 2016 at 7:00 PM -- 95th Street Library
Writers looking to turn their hobby into a career can join members of the Independent Writers of Chicago as they guide writers through the business of freelance writing. IWOC's Sally Chapralis and Jeff Steele, Chicago-based freelance writers, will help you navigate the opportunities and challenges of freelancing.