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About Us

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC)’s mission is to help strengthen non-profit arts organizations. We do this by building working relationships between arts organizations and highly-qualified business professionals, providing training in all aspects of management and board function, and conducting research in leading and emerging issues related to the world of arts nonprofits.

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SERVICES FOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

Looking for management and board consulting, new board members or professional development? A&BC’s services connect you to these opportunities and more.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

If you’re a professional ready to apply your skills in a highly innovative, creative, and rewarding environment, help give back to the community while refining your own leadership skills.

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Since launching…

On BOARD:
over 300 volunteers trained and matched

Business Volunteers for the Arts:
over $10 million in pro bono consulting services

Upcoming Events

Sep
26
Wed
5:30 pm On BOARD: Fall Meet the Boards
On BOARD: Fall Meet the Boards
Sep 26 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Meet the Boards is a networking session for On BOARD candidates and arts organization boards to meet and learn about each other. Attendees discuss the mission and history of the organization, current and upcoming initiatives, and how new[...]
Sep
29
Sat
9:00 am BVA Team Lead Training @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
BVA Team Lead Training @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Every BVA Project has a Team Lead assigned to it to serve as the project manager and liaison amongst the client, the BVA consultant team and A&BC’s staff.  The role of the Team Lead is[...]
Oct
2
Tue
9:00 am Breakfast Club: Board Coaching @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Breakfast Club: Board Coaching @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
The Arts & Business Council of Chicago convenes a monthly morning gathering for arts administrators to discuss topics and share ideas relevant to the business of art. Breakfast Club is a dynamic opportunity for arts administrators to[...]
Oct
13
Sat
9:00 am Board Training: Legal & Fiduciar... @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Board Training: Legal & Fiduciar... @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
BOARD MEMBER TRAINING Learning objectives include: Non-governing boards and committees Laws governing nonprofit boards of directors Bylaws The role of the director: responsibilities & restrictions Role of the lawyer on the board Fiduciary duties Conflict[...]
Oct
15
Mon
6:00 pm Lab: Making the Ask @ WeWork Kinzie
Lab: Making the Ask @ WeWork Kinzie
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Leaders in non-profit organizations – board members, executive directors and everyone else – should be comfortable asking for money.  But, too few of them are actively doing it. In this fast-paced, interactive session, fundraising veterans[...]

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