Celebrate Entrepreneurs and Support Microfinance in Chicago! Join us for an evening of delicious food, inspiring speakers, exciting silent auction deals, live music, and much more!
Cocktail Reception, Silent Auction, and Refreshments
Highlighting ACCION Chicago Clients
7:00 PM Program
Featuring ACCION Client Tasting Stations:
Featured Keynote Speakers:
Jake Nickell, Founder and CSO of Threadless and skinnyCorp, LLC
Jake Nickell is the co-founder and CSO of Threadless.com and skinnyCorp, based in Chicago. He dreamed up the community-driven Threadless concept in 2000 after winning an online t-shirt design contest and started the company with $1,000 in seed money. Since 2000, Mr. Nickell has lead the growth of the company - and numerous affiliated ventures - to culminate in more than 1 million online users and three physical retail stores, with over $20 million in annual sales. Threadless combines the power and creativity of crowd-sourced designs and social media with the physical simplicity and global love of t-shirts, and the entrepreneurial spirit behind the company continues on today. Read more about Threadless and skinnyCorp at www.threadless.com.
Michael Schlein, CEO of ACCION International
Michael Schlein is the CEO and President of ACCION International, a pioneer in international microfinance since 1961 whose programs now reach over 150 million people worldwide. Over the past 50 years, ACCION International has helped build 62 microfinance institutions in 31 countries on 4 continenets, enabling individuals around the world to grow their microenterprises and create brighter futures for their families and communities. Before joining ACCION in 2009, Michael Schlein served as the President of Citigroup's International Franchise Management unit, the coordinator of Citi's Human Resources and Global Affairs, Executive Director of Citi's Business Practices Committee, and as Director of Citibank, N.A., Poland's Bank Handlowy, and Citibank Korea, Inc. Prior to his senior posts at Citi, Mr. Schlein served as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as Chief of Staff for the New York City Deputy Mayor for Finance and Economic Development. He has been involved with microfinance for years through both Citi and ACCION, carrying a wealth of experience both internationally and in the U.S. Read more about ACCION International at www.accion.org.
All proceeds from the event will benefit ACCION Chicago's microloan program.
If space permits, a limited number of tickets will also be available at the door.
Questions? Prefer to purchase by phone? Call 312-275-3000 or email email@example.com.
Many thanks to our generous sponsors for making this year's event possible:
MB Financial Bank
American Chartered Bank
Desmond & Ahern, Ltd.
Fifth Third Bank
First Eagle Bank
First Savings Bank of Hegewisch
Illinois Bankers Association
State Bank of India - Chicago
Third Stone Partners, LLC
Sponsorships are available! Contact Jenny Magill at 312-275-3000 x113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When & Where
Accion Chicago is a nonprofit alternative lending organization dedicated to providing credit and other business services to small business owners who do not have access to traditional sources of financing. By encouraging the economic self-reliance of microentrepreneurs throughout Illinois and Northwest Indiana, Accion Chicago strives to help businesses and communities grow.
Many of our clients do not have access to traditional bank loans. The small size of their loan request and limited credit history regularly make them ineligible for conventional financing and unable to obtain the credit they need to grow their businesses. Accion Chicago provides the credit and training necessary to help small business owners increase their incomes, create new jobs and strengthen their communities.
Visit www.accionchicago.org to learn more.