our partners

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1871

CHICAGO'S CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

1871 is a non-profit digital startup incubator located in the Merchandise Mart, Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 2012, 1871 is the flagship project of The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs on their path to building high-growth, sustainable businesses that serve as platforms for economic development and civic leadership. 

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Holistic

Holistic is designed to assist companies in building diverse, inclusive, vibrant workforces by using data & analysis to attract, retain, and motivate top talent. By taking a holistic approach and by underpinning everything with a focus on diversity and inclusion, they craft solutions that create the best chance for improvement and long-term success.

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Heartfelt Catering

Heartfelt Catering was founded by Chef Cecelia Hamilton who developed a passion for cooking as a child. While cooking alongside her mother, Cecelia learned the family’s long-standing Southern tradition of preparing delicious food made with love for family and friends. Today, Cecelia and her team carry on these traditions for milestone events, weddings, corporate functions across Chicagoland.

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NAWBO Chicago

THE UNIFIED VOICE OF AMERICA'S WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES

NAWBO’s mission is to strengthen, create and transform diverse women entrepreneurs into financial, social and political spheres of power.  Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of America’s women-owned businesses.   

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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses offers a practical business education and a supportive network of peers and advisers—at no cost to participants. Accepted small business owners will learn practical skills to grow their business, including negotiations, marketing, employee management and more. Participants also receive one-on-one business advising and get expert guidance from Goldman Sachs professionals, attorneys and others. 

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National Student Leadership Conference

Sponsored by the National Student Leadership Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan, education organization, the NSLC provides students with the opportunity to experience life on a college campus; develop essential leadership skills; and explore a future career through exciting simulations, exclusive site visits and interactive meetings with renowned leaders in their chosen field.