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Lending Expertise.
Providing Support.
Facilitating Partnerships.

What We Do

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s mission is to strengthen nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

We do this by building working relationships between arts and cultural organizations and highly-qualified business professionals, providing training in all aspects of management and board function, and highlighting research in leading and emerging issues related to the world of arts nonprofits.

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Services & Opportunities

FOR ORGANIZATIONS

Are you looking for ways to strengthen your organization or business? Perhaps new relationships, board members, volunteer consultants, or learning? Our programs and services connect you to these and more.

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FOR INDIVIDUALS

We’re looking for remarkable people. People who get things done and enjoy seeing others succeed. Whether you’re looking to upskill, reskill, get to know Chicago a little better, or simply give back to our city, A&BC has a program for you!

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Upcoming Events

Mar
7
Sat
10:00 am Board Lab: Legal & Fiduciary Res... @ WeWork Monroe
Board Lab: Legal & Fiduciary Res... @ WeWork Monroe
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Topics include: Laws governing nonprofit boards of directors The role of the director: responsibilities & restrictions Bylaws Understanding the importance of Directors & Officers insurance Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty, and Duty of Obedience[...]
Mar
14
Sat
10:00 am Think & Do Tank: South Shore @ South Shore Cultural Center
Think & Do Tank: South Shore @ South Shore Cultural Center
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Think & Do Tank: South Shore @ South Shore Cultural Center
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr. Do you need help getting your organization or creative enterprise to the next level? Are you unsure[...]
Mar
16
Mon
10:00 am Learning Lab: Sexual Harassment ... @ High Concept Labs at Mana Contemporary
Learning Lab: Sexual Harassment ... @ High Concept Labs at Mana Contemporary
Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
This Learning Lab has reached capacity. To be placed on a waitlist, please email Braden Cleary at bcleary@artsbiz-chicago.org or call (312) 372 – 1876 ext. 105. As of January 1, 2020, Illinois employers must provide[...]
Mar
19
Thu
6:00 pm Arts & Drafts @ Osito's Tap
Arts & Drafts @ Osito's Tap
Mar 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arts & Drafts @ Osito's Tap | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 6 – 8 p.m. Osito’s Tap, 2553 S. Ridgeway Ave. What’s better than making new connections, sharing ideas, and having a local beer? Meet us at Arts & Drafts, a quarterly networking[...]
Apr
4
Sat
10:00 am Board Lab: Nonprofit Finances, B... @ Chicago Public Library - Walker Branch
Board Lab: Nonprofit Finances, B... @ Chicago Public Library - Walker Branch
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Topics include: Financial oversight; policy creation and compliance; and safeguarding of assets Policies: conflict of interest, whistleblower, document retention & destruction, executive compensation, etc. Achieving financial accountability What occurs during an audit and when you[...]

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On BOARD

Over 300 volunteers trained and matched

Business Volunteers for the Arts

Over $10 million in pro bono consulting services