June 1, 2021
    NIU EIGERlab serves the region with leading edge business and engineering support services targeting physical and digital product-based initiatives. Whether you're a new or existing entrepreneur, inventor, start-up or an existing company interested in innovation, NIU EIGERlab is a regional resource for commercialization and growth.
    Land . Launch . Learn . Grow
    3D Printing at NIU EIGERlab
    Innovation begins at the EIGERlab! The Center for Product Development (C4PD) serves the region with commercialization and engineering support services. Its 3D capabilities has the technology to transform thoughts into computer models and, using the latest technology, converting those to physical objects that fit your prototype needs.
    For more information on 3D printing please call our office at 815-965-3522 or visit us at www.eigerlab.org
    SCORE | For the Life of Your Business!
    SCORE is the nation's largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters
    Being a SCORE volunteer is a way to give back to your community, connect with business owners and pass on your knowledge to the next generation of entrepreneurs in your community
    Seeking: Mentors & Subject Matter Experts to counsel in the Northern Illinois Region
    Interested? Contact Ed | ed.lichtenstein@scorevolunteer.org
    • Modest commitment of time and energy. You have complete control. 
    • Use your business knowledge and experience to pay it forward.
    SCORE is a 501C(3) national volunteer organization, dedicated to helping small business start, grow and develop. All volunteers are some combination of entrepreneur, executive, manager or professional. We provide free mentoring services to small businesses and entrepreneurs and offer to the community workshops and panel discussions on relevant business topics. A Rockford area chapter is being started and we are seeking Volunteers to join us in this exciting project. Your efforts and contributions will play a significant role in the development of a vibrant business community in northwest Illinois.
    Intrigued? Check us out on foxvalley.score.org or call (610) 312-9765 for more information.
    Current News:
    Learn To Scale Up Your Business
    When: Thursday, June 10
    Time: 2 p.m.
    Where: Online
    Speaker: Darlene Ziebell
    This Webinar will review several tips as to how you can Scale Up your business to the next level. This Webinar will help those who already have an active business, and those who are thinking of forming a business learn how to take their business to the next level.. Many business owners feel that they have plateaued and are searching for methods to grow to the next level without investing their life savings. Learn what the top 9% of small business owners know that you don't know about scaling up your business.
    To learn more click here.
    Have a product idea in either DeKalb, Elgin, Naperville, Schaumburg or St. Charles? We can assist!
    NIU EIGERlab is pleased to offer hours at the DeKalb County Business Incubator, 
    Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce, 
    NIU-Naperville, Fox.Build,  and Harper Community College in Schaumburg
    Our expanded coverage is due to an increased demand from the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), SCORE mentors and business development professionals in the Chicagoland area. We've made it easier for innovators, startups, and small businesses to receive the assistance they need to turn their ideas into products...
    NIU EIGERlab's Center for Product Development (C4PD) saves you time and money by coming to you.
    Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce/Elgin Development Group
    31 South Grove Avenue
    Elgin, Illinois 60120
    Innovation DuPage
    535 Duane St
    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
    SBDC- Harper College
    Harper Professional Center
    650 E. Higgins Rd, Suite 18 N
    Schaumburg, IL 60173
    NIU Naperville
    1120 E Diehl Rd.
    Naperville, IL 60563
    11 E Main St
    St. Charles, IL 60174
    DeKalb County Business Incubator
    Community Outreach Building
    2500 N. Annie Glidden Rd., Ste. F
    DeKalb, IL 60115
    To make an appointment, please contact us at 815.965.3522 or sales@eigerlab.org.
    The C4PD is a full-service product development center that will manage the product development cycle from the idea, to design, to prototyping, to manufacturing, packaging, and shipment to customers. The C4PD staff is ready, willing and able to assist with any step in the process with which you need help.
    NIU EIGERlab is a centrally located, state-of-the-art mixed-use incubator serving the region with leading-edge business, engineering and product development support services. Whether you're a new or existing entrepreneur, inventor, start-up, or a privately held company interested in growth or transition, EIGERlab is the region's one-stop resource for accelerating revenues and profits.
    Innovation, Acceleration and Product Development
    Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE) 
    The Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE) is a program of NIU's Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development, located at NIU-Rockford. NICNE has worked to strengthen area nonprofits for the past fifteen years by providing capacity building, training, technical assistance and resource support to organizations within northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Its mission is to promote and grow innovation, excellence and social impact.
    Available services and training include: Education including board training, the Certificate in Nonprofit Management courses, and special workshops and programs. Customized services include collective impact work, strategic planning, customized board training, and consultant services including grant writing and business planning. Resources available include: nonprofit best practices, policies and procedures, employee handbooks, and 501 (c) (3) development.
    NICNE believes in investing in people and organizations that make communities in our area safer, healthier, and more vibrant. We do so by providing training opportunities, which help nonprofits successfully achieve their missions. As the region's primary resource for nonprofit capacity and movement building, we encourage collaboration and best practices that result in a strong, vibrant nonprofit sector demonstrating significant social impact.
    Current News: 
    Date: Wednesday June 16
    Time: 8:30-10 a.m.
    Where: Online event
    This session will focus on adult post-secondary opportunities, programs, training or professional development for individuals who have completed their GED or HSD. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the scope of services available, an understanding of eligibility for programs from several area agencies, how referrals are made, and how participants can access services.
    To learn more click here.
    Illinois Small Business Development Center
    No matter the size of your business, the IL SBDC network can provide guidance:
    Business Planning
    Legal Structure
    Strategic Marketing
    Social Media
    Human Resources/Training
    The SBDC in Rockford is developing an Education, Execution and Entrepreneurial partnership with the Rockford Public Library that will entail online courses and live classes for launching and growth business orientation.
    For more information, please contact us: SBDC@RockfordChamber.com
    815.316.4301 or 815.566.1953 | website
    Current News:
    In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic, many SBDCs will be forced to work virtually and in some cases close their centers. Please contact your local SBDC to see how you can continue your advising sessions virtually.
    If you are new, please click here.
    Communications & Team Building
    When: Thursday June 3 at 5:30 pm
    Where: Online / Virtual Classroom
    Presenter: Mike Mastroianni, Consultant at Rockford SBDC
     For your team to thrive, meet deadlines and exceed goals, communication is critical. Teams can and do fall apart; especially if everyone’s not on the same page.
    This eyeopener 1-hour webinar teaches you how to listen more effectively, how to modify your speech depending on who you’re talking to and how to ensure everyone on your team has the same grasp of goals and direction.
    To register: https://www.rockfordsbdc.org/workshops-trainings
    How to start your business in Illinois
    When: Thursday June 10 at 5:30 English / Thursday Jun 17 Spanish
    Where: Online Training/Videoconference
    Presenter: Edward Caceres, Business Consultant at Rockford SBDC

    This online training will inform you of various legal requirements and direct you to additional resources to successfully start your business in Illinois.
    To register: https://www.rockfordsbdc.org/workshops-trainings
    What Works Podcasts
    The Thinker What Works Podcast features timely stories from young entrepreneurs, seasoned executives, 
    and industry leaders. 
    Click here for the entire list of Thinker podcasts
    Entrepreneurial Events
    gener8tor is a nationally ranked company that runs programs to support startups from inception to scale. gener8tor’s turnkey platform for the creative economy connects startup founders, musicians, artists, investors, universities and corporations. The gener8tor platform includes pre-accelerators, accelerators, corporate programming, conferences and fellowships.
    To learn more about gener8tor click here. 
    Contact us!
    Thank you for reading NIU EIGERlab's newsletter!
    If you need assistance in developing a product or questions on where to start, contact Mike Cobert, Director of the Center for Product Development, at 815.965.3522.
    NIU EIGERlab | NIU-Rockford, 8500 E. State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61108 | 815.753.2192
    NIU EIGERlab Center for Product Development, 5299 Zenith Parkway,
    Loves Park, IL 61111 | 815.965.3522