SSN Small Business & Nonprofit Development Group (SBND) was founded in 2011 by Strategic Solutions Network, Inc. (SSN).
SBND was created as a self-help group focused on driving the economy forward with the creation of more self-employment opportunities for each member, and by increasing the number of new legal enterprises, jobs, and tax revenues in Chicago neighborhoods most affected by recession.
In alphabetical order by first name are achievement nominee finalists that will be honored at our event:
Alan Jacobs, Anneasa Lacy, Annie Russell, Barry J. Moltz, Dante Mosely, Debbie Meyers-Martin, Dr. Karin B. Baird, Dr. Ewa I. Ewa, Edmon Lighthall, Helen Hammond Redding, Herb Callahan, James H. Lowry, Jill McClendon, Johnnie Blair, Kimberly Crawford, Kyama Kitavi, Mark Allen, Mary McFarlin, Mary L. Swopes, Michael A. House, Mireya Trejo, Olawale Idreez, Ramona Turner, Rochelle Crump, Ronald Miller, Samantha Kendall, Stephanie D. Neely, Yvonne Orr, Virgil Mathis, William Rogers, and Zelda Robinson.
Veteran Innovation Support: This category includes private, public, community and government agency leaders; and counselors, loan officers or angel investors who assisted veterans in starting or growing a successful business enterprise through training, financing or mentoring services.
Woman Owned Business Initiative: This category includes private, public, community and government agency leaders; and counselors, loan officers or angel investors who assisted women in starting or growing a successful business enterprise through training, financing or mentoring services.
Media Publication Outreach: This category includes private, public, community and government agency leaders; and counselors, loan officers or angel investors who assisted media entrepreneurs in starting or growing a successful media publication business enterprise through training, financing or mentoring services.
Nonprofit Organization Philanthropy: This category includes private, public, community and government agency leaders; and counselors, loan officers or angel investors who assisted philanthropists in starting or growing a successful nonprofit enterprise through training, financing or mentoring services.
Youth Entrepreneur Empowerment: This category includes private, public, community and government agency leaders; and counselors, loan officers or angel investors who assisted youth in starting or growing a successful business or nonprofit enterprise through training, financing or mentoring services.
Community Enrichment: This category includes private, public, community and government agency leaders; and counselors, loan officers or angel investors who assisted in community enrichment development through training, financing or mentoring services.
SBND Member Achievement: This category includes SBND members who exhibit commitment to starting or growing their own business or nonprofit enterprise and contributed to the success of SBND pilot project.
SBND Sponsor/Partner Ambassadors: This category includes SBND sponsors, partners and supporters who worked in collaboration with SBND to help create direct economic outcomes in development of self-employment opportunities. Individuals or agencies nominated must demonstrate their commitment to support SBND by investing time and resources towards the success of SBND’s pilot project.
We are proud to announce Fifth Third Bank, Hyde Park Banking Center as leading sponsor for SBND's VIP Network Event.
Fifth Third bank accepted SBND's challenge to invest in communities that patronize their business.
Learn how you or someone you know can benefit from co-sponsoring an SBND project.
For more information, click the following link with no obligation. SBND Sponsor & Supporter Link
Stay tuned for more information.
Reserve your exhibit space today and receive early bird discount rates.
Early bird special exhibit space is only available to vendors who register by October 15, 2012. However, space is limited, so register for your exhibit space today!
For more information, click the following link with no obligation.
Attend SBND’s Community Enterprise Achievement Gala and meet outstanding leaders who have empowered small business and nonprofit entrepreneurs toward success.
This is a premier media promotion event and sneak preview of our 2013 SBND Community Achievement Awards. At the event, we will publicly recognize those who have made significant contributions toward development of small business and nonprofit enterprises in Illinois, Cook County, and City of Chicago neighborhoods most affected by recession.
During the SBND Community Enterprise Achievement Gala, Strategic Solutions Network, Inc. /SBND Group and U.S.WAY Research Consortium will introduce a new project, titled, Proof of Concept Center (POCC).
POCC is an expansion of SBND with a primary goal of providing assistance to early-stage enterprises, talented innovators and prospective entrepreneurs who are in need of engineering development, commercialization, and financing for expensive research and/or seed capital.
Enjoy refreshments as you engage with vendors, cultivate new customers, and learn the secrets to expanding your competitive edge.
***SPECIAL OFFER BY L26 Restaurant/Sports Lounge!!!*** Receive a special discount coupon and party with us at our after-set immediately following the event.
This exclusive media promotion event is scheduled to be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Chicago South Loop Hotel, 11 West 26th Street, Chicago IL 60616.
The hotel is an elegant venue with an atmosphere reminiscent of a walk through contemporary art museum. It is conveniently located near McCormick Place and I94. Free parking is provided.
***SPECIAL OFFER BY Amata Office Center!!! *** Finally, for those who register will gain access to a special promotion discount code for an Amata Office Center "aBusinessPhone" personal answering service for 3 months at $24.95 per month.
Register today by clicking the "REGISTER NOW" button below.
SBND has identified many who are worthy of recognition. However, only a few have been nominated for an award in one of 8 distinct categories. Additionally, we have nominated several keynote speakers who can empower entrepreneurs with information that encourages, motivates, and educates them towards high achievement.
During the gala, we are honoring distinquished change agents such as
Dr. Karin Baird, Faculty Chair at Spertus College
James H. Lowry, Author of Minority Business SuccessMary McFarlin, Founder of Linked N Chicago
Barry J. Moltz,
Author of Getting Business Unstuck
These and other dedicated change-agents such as Debbie Meyers-Martin, State of Illinois Treasurers Office and City Treasure Stephanie Neely have devoted themselves in areas of critical importance by fulfilling powerful agendas of transformation for the people of Chicago and beyond.
Experience the profound impact of these change agents that will be resonated throughout the SBND Community Enterprise Achievements Gala on Saturday, Novmeber 17,2012.
Join us for an evening of celebrating not only our nominee finalists, but your achievements as well.
Register today by clicking the "REGISTER NOW" button below.
SBND's mission is to create platforms where entrepreneurs can gain the education, skills and financial resources needed to start and grow successful enterprises.
Register to be an SBND sponsor or vendor and be publicity recognized for your investment in development of new legal enterprises, jobs and tax revenue streams in Chicago communities most affected by the recession.
Benefits: Gain access to high profile recognition on SBND's souvenir business program directory, link to your website on all social media marketing outlets, deliver your business presentation on SBND video commercial, access over 16,000 business professionals, and secure an opportunity to speak at the media promotion event.
Our list of distinguished sponsors and vendors is growing, but space is limited. Register today by clicking the "REGISTER NOW" button below.
PARTIAL LIST OF SBND SPONSORS
Amata Smarter Office Solutions
Incorporated in 2002 in Chicago, today Amata is the largest privately held Executive office suites provider in Chicago. With several state-of-the-art facilities located throughout the Chicago loop and Naperville, Amata provides full and part time office solutions to companies of all sizes. Whether you are a large company looking to strategically open a sales office or a small company trying to control your costs, Amata will customize a solution for you. Click here to learn more about Amata.
Chicago South Loop Hotel (CSLH) and Merchants
11 West 26th Street, Chicago IL 60616. The hotes is an elegant venue with an atmosphere reminiscent of a walk through contemporary art museum. It is conveniently located near McCormick Place and I94. Free parking is provided. Click here to learn more about Chicago South Loop Hotel.
CSLH Awake with Pear Coffee Cafe, 11 West 26th Street, Chicago IL 60616
Awake With Pearl Coffee Cafe is an adorable breakfast and lunch cafe located in the heart of South Loop Chicago. Serving delicious American food with a Cajun twist, this Chicago coffee shop has earned a name for itself in The Windy City for delectable dishes at reasonable prices! Click here to learn more about Awake with Pearl.Small businesses drive
CSLH L26 Chicago Restaurant & Sports Lounge, 2600 S. State Chicago, IL 60616
L26 is a great place to eat, combining a warm atmosphere with excellent contemporary American cuisine. The mission is not only to have great tasting food, but have efficient and friendly service because customer satisfaction is paramount. We take pride in being the restaurant of choice for everyone in the area. Click here to learn more about L26 Chicago Restaurant.
Citi salutes Helen Hammond Redding,
Senior Vice President and Illinois State Director, for her nomination as a SBND Community Achievement awardee. Helen’s service and leadership embody our commitment to financial inclusion and economic empowerment.
Learn more at http://www.citigroup.com/citi/citizen/community/ © 2012 Citigroup Inc. All rights reserved. Citi and Citi with Arc Design are registered service marks of Citigroup Inc.
Every business needs a checking account, but not every checking account is right for your business. High balances or low, many transactions or few… whatever your business requires, we have an account that fits. See for yourself. Click here to learn more about Guaranty Bank.
Peace & Harmony are marketing consultants with diverse backgrounds. We are a perfect blend of marketing, branding online and offline creative services. Our value runs the gamut from impeccable business solutions for strategic planning and program development to online web/offline print, SEO services and other avenues of communications. Click here to learn more about Peace & Harmony Solutions, Inc.
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Verizon looks forward to partnering with you to identify solutions that can help improve your productivity. Please visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/smallbizadvisor or your local Verizon Wireless Communications Store to learn about great business apps or to arrange for an individual consultation.
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SBND's Community Enterprise Achievement Gala promises to be an enjoyable evening out, an opportunity to expand your market outreach and engage with trend setters in the business industry.
Space is limited and you must register to attend.
Ah, you say, I have plenty of time to register and meet these decision making change agents. But listen carefully, space is limited and you must register to attend! Don’t miss out; this opportunity may never come again. Tomorrow is not promised!
To learn more, click the "REGISTER NOW" button below. You will glad you did.Register Now!