Preparing your Business for Production Launch
Preparing for production is unique to each product. In this workshop, led by Jim Ticknor of NuCurrent, you will learn how to manage your supply chain (local or foreign) and production costs, and what to look for in a supplier/manufacturer at first-run volumes. You’ll also learn about quality control processes, standards, and how to anticipate failure points.
Gaining Valuable Customer Data: Focus Group Testing with Emergo by UL
Learn the Ins and Outs of Focus Groups: Join Emergo by UL’s Human Factors Research & Design team for an enlightening workshop on the why and the how of conducting focus groups. Learn how to obtain valuable insights from target customers no matter what your stage of product design and development. You will have the opportunity to work on your own product during the workshop, and even try your hand at some focus group improv! Register now.
Annual Maker Community Holiday Party
Join us for the Annual Maker Community Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 18th, in partnership with MakerBiz and Pumping Station 1. Celebrate the season with food, drinks, and frivolity galore! Bring your best potluck dish to share!
Design for your Customer: Industrial Design
Without satisfied customers to use your product, your hardware business will never succeed. Before you can prepare for manufacturing, there is a critical phase called Industrial Design, and it involves intimately understanding your customers, their problems, and brainstorming how to best solve them. Paul Hatch, CEO, and Andreas Bell, President, of TEAMS Design, will share with us their keys to customer success with case studies and lessons learned. Hosted by Jim Shaw from Fastway Engineering.
Tax and Legal Considerations for Incorporating your Business
C-Corp, S-Corp, LLC, LP - do you know the right entity for your business? Choosing the right entity for your business is complex and hard to navigate. This class will offer information and advice on both and the legal and tax implications of the most common corporate entities. Led by Paul Anderson of Kirland & Ellis, partner of mHUB, this class will prepare you to make better informed decisions about your incorporation and properly handle the new tax act.
ASMP Chicago/Midwest Strictly Business 2020
Strictly Business is a one-day photography conference that brings together experts in the field to focus on best business practices and so much more. Working collaboratively with speakers ranging from mindfulness specialists, commercial and editorial photographers, and leaders in Chicago’s photography industry, join us for engaging sessions where speakers share their career expertise while sparking conversations and opening new routes for collaborations amongst attendees.
Business Model Canvas: Business Modeling for Entrepreneurs
One of the strongest tools in the entrepreneur's repertoire: Business Model Canvas. When used to its full potential, Business Model Canvas helps companies align on their current state, ideate new paths forward, and design an impactful future. This workshop, taught by Jarrod Lowery of Do Tank, will help you understand the difference between your user, buyer, and financer, and how to craft a compelling story about how your solution addresses each of their goals.
Social Media and PR Strategies: How to Focus Your Social Media Engagements
This workshop will offer frameworks and insights on how to connect your business or organization to your critical audiences through social media and other digital channels. Led by Demetrio Cardona-Maguigad, Strategic Design Director of LimeRed, this class will work on developing an informed, flexible, and agile social media strategy for your business.
Minimum Viable Marketing Plan
Before you capture market share, you first must capture mind share. This class, taught by David Kelbaugh, founder of Tacklebox Brand Partners, will help you create your MVMP (Minimum Viable Marketing Plan) to reach your target customer, and an implementation strategy that will make you not only more visible, but more profitable overall. When it comes to marketing, the company with the most momentum wins.
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SparkShop: Invention Spotlight Session
Join mHUB and SparkShop for: Invention Spotlight Session. Each Spotlight begins with a case study of a groundbreaking solution to an engineering problem, then challenges students to solve a related design challenge. Kids will get the chance to sketch and prototype original inventions! This workshop is ideal for 8-12 year olds but kids of other ages are certainly welcome to attend!
HOSTING AN EVENT AT mHUB
mHUB has over 5000 square feet of premiere event space. Our large event space is perfect for networking events, panels, corporate meetings and gatherings. We also have several smaller classroom and conference rooms great for private meetings, classes/trainings, and small meetups. Every year mHUB hosts more than 300 events in our space. We see everything from meetup groups, to hackathons, to corporate networking events.
We host events that are compatible with our commitment to growth in the manufacturing innovation ecosystem.
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FOURTH REVOLUTION AWARDS
Thank you to those who joined us for our 2nd Annual Fourth Revolution Awards. The event saw over 300 attendees gathered to recognize corporate leaders, product developers, and small manufacturers. Your continued support of the region’s innovation in physical product development shows the power of this community. The ceremony culminated in the presentation of eight awards to deserving leaders, companies, and industrial initiatives that have made significant contributions to the Chicago region's manufacturing ecosystem. All event sponsorship and proceeds supported mHUB and DMDII's programmatic initiatives including education, diversity and inclusion, outreach to small manufacturers, and scholarships.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution fuses physical product development with digital processes to impact all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenges ideas about what it means to be human. Central to this revolution are emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, robotics, and artificial intelligence. It is a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.
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