Annexes

We’re Coming to YOU!

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) offers Annexes as part of the 77 Communities Initiative, a realignment of resources to prioritize supporting creative enterprises in historically excluded communities. These mobile offices serve to meet artist-entrepreneurs and organizations where they are – in the community!

What Happens at an Annex?

A&BC staff make themselves available for community conversation, walk-ins, and service navigation during these full-day, open door events. Are you familiar with the resources available to you or have questions about where to find support for your business? Stop by and get them answered!

Participants engage Business Volunteers for the Arts®—skilled Chicagoans, consultants, and subject matter experts in the areas of business planning, strategic planning, board governance, marketing, communications, human resources, accounting, and more—via one-hour, in-person consulting sessions. During their time together, participants tackle the pressing issues, organizational challenges, and burning questions that may be preventing them from growing their creative enterprise. Expect to walk away with actionable advice, concrete recommendations, and the essential knowledge needed to get things done!

Our management consulting focus areas include:

· Concept & Development Planning

· Board Governance

· Financial Management

· Income Generation

· Audience Development & Marketing

· Staffing & Structure

· Facilities

Annexes are open to all and invite walk-ins. No registration required.

Upcoming Dates

All Annexes have been postponed due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. Please check back for new dates.

Past Dates

Monday, January 27, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Chicago Public Library – Douglass Branch, 3353 W. 13th St., Multipurpose Room 1
Community Area: North Lawndale

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Chicago Public Library – Little Village Branch, 2311 S. Kedzie Ave., Small Meeting Room
Community Area: South Lawndale

Host an Annex

A&BC welcomes partners and site recommendations for future Annexes. Do you know of an organization or space that would benefit from having us on-site? Let us know! For more information, email info@artsbiz-chicago.org.