Time & Location
Sep 16, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Bronzeville Winery, 4420 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60653, USA
About The Event
Looking to elevate your small business or entrepreneurship to the next level? Join us for a transformative community event that harnesses the power of imagination and entrepreneurship - The Blueprint Project. Our goal is to reimagine and rebuild a Chicago that reflects the dreams of its people. This unique opportunity empowers entrepreneurs through a dynamic business seminar and ignites the creativity of our future leaders in a concurrent children's art workshop.
The Blueprint Project draws inspiration from visionary artists Kenneth Williams and Ricky Willis. Both lifelong Chicagoans are renowned for their thoughtful renderings of the city and its distinctive features. Ricky is celebrated for constructing iconic skyscrapers and treasured landmarks, while Kenneth focuses on the South Side, particularly his Bronzeville neighborhood. He envisions his neighborhood as it should be: vibrant and flourishing, free from run-down or neglected buildings. Turning this dream into reality requires both imagination and investment in the businesses that enrich the community.
This family-friendly event is perfect for anyone seeking growth and financial empowerment. Whether you're nurturing a side hustle or aiming to transform your passion into a full-time business, we'll equip you with the necessary tools. While designed with families in mind, The Blueprint Project is open to all adults striving to build a better future for their businesses and our city. Don't miss this valuable experience! During the initial hour, everyone will have the chance to enjoy refreshments while making connections and networking.
Check out what's in store⬇️
Get ready to kick off your networking experience in style! You'll be greeted with a light lunch and refreshing beverages to enjoy while mingling and connecting with like-minded individuals during the first hour. This is the perfect opportunity to expand your professional network and make new friends!
Small Business Seminar:
Discover the tools, insights, and strategies to drive positive change in our city's landscape. Our business seminar brings together experienced speakers who have navigated the challenges of entrepreneurship. Connect with available resources, seize networking opportunities, and collaborate with like-minded individuals passionate about reshaping Chicago's future. Each date offers a comprehensive overview of the essentials for starting and running a business, allowing you to learn everything in a single session.
Dream City Art Workshop for Kids (ages 6-16):
Young minds hold the key to reimagining our world. In the Dream City Art Workshop, we invite kids to unleash their creativity as they design the Chicago of their dreams. Guided by Ricky Willis, Kenneth Williams, and Project Onward staff, children will explore their artistic talents and learn the art of world-building. They'll craft their own interpretations of Willis and Williams' distinctive works. This workshop not only sparks imagination but also instills a sense of ownership and influence over the city's future.
This project is in partnership with the YWCA's Breedlove Entrepreneurship Center and generously sponsored by DCASE: City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Featured YWCA Speakers:
Cheryl Hudson-Jackson, Director of Franchise and Business Enterprise
Princess Gentry, Interim Director of Illinois Small Business Development Center
Lois Wilkins, Director of Empowerment Collaborative Strategic Initiatives
Javon Nicholas, Founder of The Flavour Unit Corporation
The Flavour Unit Corporation is the parent company of Egg Rolls Etc. and The Flavour Unit Food Processing Facility. Founded in 2012 and incorporated in 2017. Egg Rolls Etc. is a frozen product line of comfort-filled egg rolls, potstickers, and rangoon. Sell to a variety of wholesale platforms both B2B and B2C including local grocery stores, catering companies, ghost kitchens, online, and other large food service platforms.
Pam Trice, Founder and CEO of Tress Organix
This Chicago-based team of four has been providing affordable hair care since 2019, to protect all hair types and textures. Their natural ingredients ensure that your hair stays healthy and strong, one crown at a time.
Michelle Wainwright, Founder and CEO of Cute as a Cupcake
Michelle founded the cupcakery to offer premier baking services to the area. In addition to offering baking goods through retail, the company also specializes in corporate events.
Iesha Trotter, Founder and CEO of Brownsugar’s Ballon Designs & Academy Inc.
Creates elaborate centerpieces for all occasions. As the only industry-standard balloon design school in Illinois, they empower women and youth to start their own balloon design business and become their own financial success story.
admits one child aged 6-16