Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network

We bring industry players together, provide a forum for collaboration and support, and better connect the 4,500 companies in the industry across Chicagoland to drive innovation and growth in the region.

About

We launched in 2017 with a unique mission: To leverage the power of the food & beverage industry in Chicagoland to grow the industry, and the local economy.  We bring industry players together, provide a forum for collaboration and support and better connect the 4,500 companies in the industry across Chicagoland to drive innovation and growth in the region.  We're like an industry association, but with a higher purpose to address big issues like employment, economic development, entrepreneurship, and neighborhood revitalization.  

Bottom Line: We help grow food and beverage businesses AND our local communities.  

Services

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Pitch Events
  • Startup Drinks

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investment
  • Debt Funding
  • Equity Funding
  • Grant Funding
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Venture Capital

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development
  • Workforce Training

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Manufacturing Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Competitive Analysis
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research

Mentoring

  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services

Product Development

  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development

Starting a Business

  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Technology Transfer

Training

  • Business Management Training
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactAlan Reed
Address1 W. Monroe St
4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone(312) 525-9653