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Events: Business Network Chicago

"Business Network Chicago (BNC) is a network for professionals offering extensive face-to-face and online networking opportunities to the Chicago business community. Our mission is to bring professionals together, facilitate the development of mutually beneficial "win-win" relationships, educate, and promote the growth of business in Chicago. We support members in all phases of their career whether looking for clients, talent, a job, capital, or strategic alliances."

Events: Funding Feeding Frenzy

Major Chicago startup funding event on June 20, 2012. From their website: "The creators of the Funding Feeding Frenzy have hosted numerous events for entrepreneurs and investors both in the U.S. and internationally. Their success in event promotion and management encompasses many years of experience including a major role in event management of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. These successful events have delivered extraordinary experiences to thousands of delighted participants. If you're ready to take big steps forward in your business, this event will definitely be worth your time. More than an event, we have put together a frenzy of excitement that will be engaging for participants."

Events: Networking In Chicago

A calendar of networking events in Chicago.

Investors: Heartland Angels

"A private equity network that brings together accredited investors with early stage start-up companies and real estate opportunities looking for equity and debt investments."

Investors: Hyde Park Angels

"HPA also provides domain expertise, strategic advice and coaching to its companies."

Organizations: 1871

"1871 is Chicago’s entrepreneurial hub for digital startups. Located in the famed Merchandise Mart, the 120,000-square-foot facility provides Chicago startups with programming, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that help them on their path to building successful businesses. 1871 is the flagship project of the CEC."

Organizations: Chicago Chapter of The Entrepreneur's Organization

"The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) - for entrepreneurs only - is a dynamic, global network of more than 7,000 business owners in 38 countries." This link will take you to the Chicago Chapter where you can become a member.

Organizations: Illinois Manufacturers' Association

"The Illinois Manufacturers' Association is the oldest and largest state manufacturing association in the United States. Founded in Chicago in 1893, the IMA represents nearly 4,000 companies and plants that operate in Illinois including a veritable "who's who" of the business world. IMA member companies, whether included in the Fortune 500 or small family-owned businesses, benefit from the successful programs administered by the IMA, including our world-class lobbying effort. We offer informative seminars and training, continuing education courses, and a number of affinity programs designed to help your company grow and prosper. "

Organizations: Illinois Technology Association

From the website: "The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is a driving force behind the growth of Illinois' vibrant technology industry. ITA's agenda is simple - grow technology companies by fostering deep collaboration among the diverse industry all in support of developing the ecosystem necessary to foster the success of member companies.All the while tirelessly advocating for the industry to raise the awareness of Illinois as a leading technology community."

Organizations: Innovation to Enterprise

"i2E, Inc. is a private not-for-profit corporation focused on growing high-growth companies in Oklahoma and making a positive impact on the state's economy."

Organizations: Midwest Partnership

Midwest Partnership aims to increase economic vitality of regions in Iowa. Small business development.

Organizations: MIT Enterprise Forum Chicago

Organizer of first-class events for entrepreneurs in Chicago.

Organizations: SCORE Chicago

"SCORE Chicago provides free business counseling, management consulting, and low cost workshops. We advise on how to get a business loan and offer other resources like templates for a business plan. SCORE counselors can help the entrepreneur start a business or a small business owner grow and prosper. The organization has more than 25 locations in the Chicago area. We also counsel by email nationwide."

Organizations: TiE Midwest

"Formed in 1998, and located in Chicago, TiE-Midwest is a not-for-profit gathering of industry leaders joined together by the mission of supporting global entrepreneurship by working locally. Our goals are to identify and nurture up-and-coming entrepreneurs; to facilitate networking among members; and, to connect local entrepreneurs internationally."

Resources: Built In Chicago

"Built In Chicago is a resource for "digital professionals" working to build great web and mobile businesses. This includes software development, product management, ad sales, media buying, analytics, usability and more. The community includes big companies and small startups and B2B and B2C companies."

Resources: Indiana Small Business Development Center

Small business development center in Indiana.

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