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December 2018

Sold out! Hatchery Holiday Party

December 20, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$75 – $150

Join us for a special fundraising event, celebrating the opening of The Hatchery Chicago's new facility! Enjoy delicious food, hear stories from Chicago food icons, and be among the first to see our new, one-of-a-kind space! To celebrate this momentous occasion, Chicago legend Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's will join us to share stories from his own entrepreneurial journey.  Proceeds from this event will support The Hatchery's programming in 2019 and help us advance our mission of creating sustainable economic growth and new…

January 2019

Starting a Food Business

January 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$40

This icon denotes an event or class that is free for West Side residents. Please click on the event listing for registration instructions and to learn more.

Follow your dreams of starting a food business with our help. The Hatchery's cornerstone course will help you launch a successful food and beverage company. Learn all about the food entrepreneurship space as well as required licensing, certification, financing, and branding. An experienced business attorney will also cover the many options for structuring your business entity: limited liability company, corporation, “S” corp, sole proprietorship, and partnership. Which structure is right for your venture? Learn the legal implications of each, so…

Trademarks, Trade Secrets & Copyrights: Protecting Special Features in Your Food Business

January 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$40

Have you come up with a creative name, slogan, or logo but don’t know how to protect it? Or are you not quite sure what gives a trademark strength? What are trade secrets? How can you use them to make your food business more successful? What steps must you take to protect a trade secret? Are there any aspects of your food business that are protectable by copyright? Cheryl Balough, an intellectual property attorney, will review trademark basics, give you…

Food Science Basics: Understanding Shelf Life & Nutrition Statements

January 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$40

In this Food Science 101 seminar, you will learn about the basic building blocks of foods, how they interact, and how and why you need to avoid spoilage of these components during processing to extend shelf life. We will talk about new ingredients on the market as well as best practices in early stages when you are creating your new products in the kitchen or lab. You will also learn how to realistically evaluate your products during scale-up, including how…

Build Your Own Business Website

January 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$30

This icon denotes an event or class that is free for West Side residents. Please click on the event listing for registration instructions and to learn more.

A web presence that clearly defines your mission and brand is integral to success. Our workshop hosts will take you through the fundamentals of preparing, outlining, and executing a simple website. Learn the basic steps to help you start creating your business website using Squarespace as a platform. Bring your laptop for this interactive workshop, and join us in learning the shortcuts and steps that make web design easy & fun! *This workshop is free for residents of the West…

Accounting & Finance for Start-Ups

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$40

This icon denotes an event or class that is free for West Side residents. Please click on the event listing for registration instructions and to learn more.

In this introductory course, we will take a look at the basics of accounting, financial statements and financial analyses - specifically as it relates to food & beverage companies. We'll go through accounting methodology for important aspects of the business, as well as key KPI's to track as you grow. Time and again, incredible companies with amazing visions are unable to scale because they lack a good handle on their finances. Don't let this happen to you! Let's take a…

Hatchery Networking – Coffee Culture in Chicago

January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$15

The coffee world is at once ubiquitous and ever-advancing, and Chicago is an epicenter for the industry. Join The Hatchery for a full-spectrum panel discussion featuring a roundup of Chicago's most innovative coffee brands. We'll learn about each company's origin & scale up, brand strategy, operations, & sourcing, and chat about our great city's role in the industry's growth. New year, new networking! Join us for the FIRST #HatcheryNetworking event in our new building! Hatchery Networking events are a great…

February 2019

Everything eCommerce: Tips for Building and Maintaining a Strong eCommerce Platform

February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$40

Online grocery sales are expected to capture 20% of the market by 2025. Set and perfect your online sales strategy. Learn everything you need to know about building a strong eCommerce platform including eCommerce setup and implementation, how to protect online transactions, legal and insurance guidelines, and order fulfillment. About the Speakers: eCommerce Set Up, Implementation, and Best Practices Kelsey Gilbert-Kreiling and Mallory Ulaszek are the co-founders of Presence Agency, dedicated to helping businesses define and refine their web and in person presence by…

Starting a Food Business

February 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$40

This icon denotes an event or class that is free for West Side residents. Please click on the event listing for registration instructions and to learn more.

Follow your dreams of starting a food business with our help. The Hatchery's cornerstone curriculum course will help you launch a successful food and beverage company. Learn all about the food entrepreneurship space as well as required licensing, certification, financing, and branding. Each attendee will receive our Starting a Food Business checklist, taking you through each license and certification you need to consider, so you'll get started on the right track. An experienced business attorney will also cover the many…

Your Logo’s Great, But How’s Your BRAND?

February 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$30

When you hear the word "brand", what comes to mind? Is it a logo, a color, a name? The most impactful and successful brands consider elements far outside this basic scope. In this seminar, we'll pull back the curtain to look at what the big brands know about activating loyal customers. Discover how to fully capitalize on your brand and how you can effectively communicate your brand identity to customers, buyers, and investors by using crafty and affordable methods. Attendees…

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