March 15, 2013

Let's Do Business with the Chicago Urban League


Chicago Urban League Newsletter
March 15, 2013
The Chicago Urban League's 
Entrepreneurship Center Presents 
Free Monthly Webinar on 
Thursday, March 28, 2013
11:30 AM--1:00 PM CST
Conference Call Dial In Number 213-493-0700 Access Code: 516107#
Presenting this Month: 
The Chicago Park District purchases millions of dollars of goods and services on an annual basis. The purchasing process is managed by the Park District's Department of Purchasing.
Raffi Sarrafian, director for the Chicago Part District, will discuss the bidding and solicitation process of the Chicago Park District, supplier diversity and what's in the pipeline forecast for construction and professional service contracts.  
The Cook County Department of Procurement's mission is to procure quality goods and services for Cook County agencies at the best price by promoting competition and implementing best practices.
To achieve this goal, the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer is committed to implementing open and transparent procurement methods to promote maximum vendor participation while leveraging overall County volume to achieve lower cost.
Shannon Andrews, chief procurement officer for the Cook County Department of Procurement, will discuss how to do business with Cook County, supplier diversity and what's in the pipeline forecast for construction and professional services.  
 Click HERE to register and receive login instructions 
For more information contact Gerardo Rodriquez at or 773-624-8826. 
Save the Date
Join us on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the Hilton Chicago as the Chicago Urban League presents our annual Summit: "Innovation 2.0: STEMing the Barriers to Opportunity." Featuring keynote speaker Christopher M. Crane, president and CEO of Exelon Corporation, the luncheon will address the critical need for a strong talent pipeline in the STEM fields and how the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors can work in partnership to increase African American participation in future career opportunities in these areas. The Summit will also celebrate local innovators who are blazing successful pathways for themselves and for those that will follow them.
 Click HERE to register or for more information contact Arlene Strong at 773-451-3526
Connect on Monday 
Connecting Professionals. Building Futures. 
Join the Workforce Development and Human Capital Departments of the Chicago Urban League as we host "Connect on Monday" Networking Session
Monday March 25, 2013 
4510 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago IL 60653
5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Come out and connect with an awry industry professionals.  
For more information or to RSVP contact Leah Miller at or 773-624-8816. 
The Chicago Urban League Presents  
Start or grow your business with the Chicago Urban League! Get the skills you need to write a business plan, do market research and conduct financial forecasting. Our FREE series of workshops will put you on a path to build and sustain your business.

For more information contact Catherine Ndong at 773-624-8807 or
Module I-The Groundwork
Are you ready to be an entrepreneur?
 Lifestyle or Legacy
I have an idea or an invention
How to start a business
The Legal Aspects of Running a Business
What's your liability? Do you need Business Insurance?
Registration and Certification
Where are you going? The Components of a business Plan
Module II-Marketing
Developing a Marketing Strategy
Market Research Part 1
Market Research Part 2
Say What? Developing Your Message, Building Your Brand
Social Media/digital Marketing Part 1
Social Media/Digital Marketing Part 2
Developing a website
Effective Networking
Sales, Sales, Sales! Developing Your Sales Technique
Module III-Financial Management
Don't Forget to Balance Your Checkbook! Financial Management for your small business
Understanding Cash Flow and Other Financial Statements Part 1
Understanding Cash Flow and Other Financial Statements Part 2
QuickBooks 101 Part 1
 QuickBooks 101 Part 2
Financing Your Business
Personal Financial Management
Module IV-Operations
Who's on First? Managing Your Business Operations
Process Mapping
Using Technology to Streamline Your Operations Part 1
Using Technology to Streamline Your Operations Part 2
Wrap-up-Are You On Track?
Putting It All Together-the Business Plan!
Putting It All Together-the Business Plan!
Time to Shine! Presenting Your Business Plan
Time to Shine! Presenting Your Business Plan
The Chicago Urban League in Conjunction with the Chicago Transit Authority Is Now Accepting Applications for Construction Workers  
The Chicago Urban League Hosts 
Business Entrepreneurship Development Program 
For more information contact Catherine Ndong at 773-624-8807 or To print an application CLICK HERE.  
Community News 

Few Americans realize that it was people outside the traditional power structure who worked together to begin the process that ended legal segregation in America's schools and contributed to the Supreme Court's 1954 decision, Brown v. Board of Education COURAGE: The Vision to End Segregation, the Guts to Fight for It transports visitors back to "the way it was" in the late 1940s to witness firsthand the inequality which dominated the segregated South. The exhibition chronicles the inspirational journey of Rev. J.A. De Laine and the brave citizens of Clarendon County as they fought to put an end to separate, unequal schools. 
For more information or to receive a reduced admission certificate for the Chicago Urban League click HERE 
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's "sleek, athletic masters of the universe" (The New York Times) return to the Auditorium for an unprecedented 10-performance run with programs that blend their newest and boldest season premieres with the classics you want to see, including the timeless masterpiece Revelations. 
To purchase tickets click HERE 
The Chicago History Museum Presents 
Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of EBONY Fashion Fair 
The Chicago History Museum presents Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair a story of vision, innovation and power told through the history of Eunice Johnson, Chicago's Johnson Publishing Company, and the prism of iconic fashion from Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Patrick Kelly among others. This 7,000-square-foot exhibition, which is one of the largest special exhibitions in the museum's 157-year history, opens March 16, 2013 and runs through January 5, 2014. 
For more information click HERE 
Grab your workout clothes and shoes and get ready to welcome spring with an energizing Free ZUMBA class and evening of fun.  The Chicago South Loop Hotel and L26 restaurant have partnered with local ZUMBA instructor, Terra Murray to offer a Free ZUMBA Class followed by an after party.

The ZUMBA Soiree will take place on Thursday, March 21st from 7-10pm. The Free ZUMBA class is from 7pm - 8pm, in the hotel, where you can experience the excitement of an exhilarating workout to burn calories and tone your body.  The after party is from 8pm-10pm, in the L26 Restaurant/Lounge where everyone can unwind and relax with Skinny Cocktails, Drink and Appetizer Specials, and entrees available for purchase.
For more information about ZUMBA classes, and events, you can contact Terra Murray, Licensed ZUMBA Instructor 773.331.6641, or email:
The Art Institute of Chicago Presents 
They Seek a City: 
Chicago and the Art of Migration, 1910-1950  
Sunday, March 3, 2013-Sunday, June 2, 2013
Galleries 182-184
During the first half of the 20th century, the city of Chicago was shaped and reshaped by waves of migration and immigration as African Americans poured in from the South and newcomers arrived from Europe and Mexico. They Seek a City is the first exhibition to focus on the art produced by the wonderfully diverse communities that made Chicago their home. Over 80 works primarily by southern- and foreign-born artists-many rarely seen by the museum's audiences-come together for this look at the city's rich art of migration, as Chicago became the polyglot, cosmopolitan place that it remains today.
By examining the art of the city through the lens of migration, the exhibition not only traces Chicago's rich and dynamic cultural development but also explores some of the most important social and artistic questions of the early 20th century, including the intersecting issues of racial and cultural identity. 
Celebrate WVON's 50 Years of Impact  

 WVON's 50th Anniversary Grand Gala Chicago Theater 
Saturday April 6, 2013 at 7pm hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and featuring Toni Braxton 
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In This Issue
Forecast Forum
Summit 2013
Connect on Monday
Chicago Urban League and CTA
Entrepreneurship Development Program
Ebony Fashion Fair
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