Chicagoland’s Weekly Business Update
Chamber CEO Jack Lavin: NASCAR Street Race Will Give Chicago a Big Opportunity to Shine
PRESENTED BY CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
Today, as our city continues to recover from the pandemic, we must embrace this spirit of big thinking if we, as a community, want to revitalize and diversify our economy. Thankfully, Chicago was presented with a unique opportunity to make one such bold economic move by serving as the host city for NASCAR’s first-ever street race. In just over a month, some of the most elite athletes in the world will compete through downtown, along a backdrop of our most iconic landmarks, like Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute lions and the crystal-blue waters of Lake Michigan. But this is not just another feather in the cap of Chicago’s rich history as a sports town – it’s also big business, and perhaps even an economic and reputational imperative.
Preparing for the Future of Electric Vehicles
PRESENTED BY CROWN CASTLE
While individuals and businesses transition to electric vehicles (EVs), it’s important to consider what governments need to understand when transitioning their fleets to electric. This includes the integration of high-speed 5G wireless networks in transportation, which will be transformative for Americans—generating billions of dollars in economic benefits, reducing congestion and saving lives. The panel will also discuss battery storage, power sources, and renewable energy, as these are critical components that enable the transition to electric vehicles and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Join us on Tuesday, June 13 for an important discussion on the transition to EVs and gain insights on the steps required to support the future of EVs that will drive sustainable economic growth.
Navigating the New Normal: Return to Work Strategies for a Hybrid World
PRESENTED BY THE CHICAGOLAND CHAMBER TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL
Remote work has become the norm, and companies have had to adjust to the challenges that came with it. Now emerging from the pandemic, companies are shifting their focus to returning employees to the workplace. This process has proved difficult for unique reasons, leaving employers to consider several factors before deciding on the best approach, including weighing business needs with employee satisfaction. Join us on Wednesday, June 14 for an important discussion on the changing dynamics of returning to work and how it is impacting employers and employees. An expert panel will delve into the topic and provide insights on different approaches companies are taking to bring their employees back to the workplace.
Don’t Miss the Emerging Leaders Pride Happy Hour at Sidetrack
PRESENTED BY EMERGING LEADERS CHICAGO
Celebrate Pride Month this June by joining Emerging Leaders Chicago on Thursday, June 15 for a happy hour and networking opportunity with Chicago’s business community. Presented by West Monroe and supported by organizations committed to inclusion, the event will include appetizers and drink tickets at Sidetrack on Halsted. Opening remarks will be delivered by Alderman Timmy Knudsen and Alderman Bennett Lawson.
The Importance of Cybersecurity for Your Small Business
PRESENTED BY THE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Cybersecurity is a critical issue for businesses of all sizes, but small businesses are often at a disadvantage when it comes to protecting themselves from cyberattacks. That’s why the Center for Cyber Safety and Education is offering a no-cost cybersecurity health check for small businesses on Wednesday, June 14. This webinar will provide an overview of the importance of cybersecurity for small businesses and what the no-cost health check will provide. You will learn about the different types of cyberattacks that small businesses are vulnerable to, how to assess your own cyber risk, and how to implement effective security measures.
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