Commercial District Leaders: Join Chicago UrbanMain for an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Workshop

June 12, 2019 | Commercial District Leaders: Join Chicago UrbanMain for an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Workshop |

Commercial district leaders! Join Chicago UrbanMain for a free, full-day workshop on creating and sustaining entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Friday, July 26, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CDT 

Open to all Chicago-area commercial district leaders, this workshop will provide an in-depth look at the tools, organization and partnerships needed to lead a strategy-driven effort to support entrepreneurs in your district. Led by National Main Street Center’s Vice President of Revitalization Programs, Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., and Director of UrbanMain, Dionne Baux, and featuring special guest moderator Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton, in this program you will hear directly from entrepreneurs and service providers and learn to:

  • Understand the process for developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem focused on commercial district revitalization.
  • Identify key entrepreneurship assets and targets as well as gaps in your ecosystem.
  • Leverage partnerships to fill gaps and structure entrepreneurship pipelines.
  • Align your ecosystem with market-based commercial district management strategies.
  • Understand your role on a holistic basis to lead community transformation.


Lawndale Christian Health Center Skyline Conference Center
3750 West Ogden Avenue, #4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60623

Lawndale Christian Conference Center is three blocks from the Central Park stop of the CTA Pink Line. Free parking is available on-site. Review the parking map here.

Lunch will be provided for all participants. For more information or questions, please email

This program is generously sponsored by The Coleman Foundation.