Entrepreneurship & Workforce Development


Naperville has many great entrepreneur programs, geared towards helping and developing new businesses and new business owners.


Naper Launch

NaperLaunch, is at business startup center at the Nichols Library. The lineup of programs, events, and workshops at NaperLaunch is set and we’re excited about it. We hope you are, too, and that you’ll find something in that lineup that will be of value to you and your business. Please check out NaperLaunch at www.naperlaunch.org and explore the other business services at Naperville Public Library at www.naperville-lib.org/business. All are welcome to participate in these events and learn how NaperLaunch will meet your needs as an entrepreneur and small business owner.


Converge - North Central College

In the fall of 2016, a group of former entrepreneurs decided to create a place where ideas can flourish and entrepreneurs thrive. This group understood that creativity, innovation and new business ideas happen anywhere.

To succeed in venture creation, you have to take risk, embrace failure and you need the right culture to support it.

At ConVerge, they are lucky to have the support of an extraordinary academic institution, students and alumni, a vibrant downtown Naperville location, the I-88 corporate hub and North Central College’s relationship with industry.

They work every day to create an environment to assist using tools and practices that focus on business implementation strategies. Rather than follow traditional practices, they have created innovative processes, policies and procedures to actively help develop and grow promising new businesses.

ConVerge goes a step further to foster a hub of innovators and services in the western suburbs who are working together to create change and grow businesses that impact people’s lives.

The ConVerge process supports community entrepreneurs and students of all ages, especially mid-career professionals, woman and minorities who are reflective of our diverse community. They share ideas, make mistakes, learn new skills and build connections of all types. For more information visit www.convergenaperville.org


Community Career Center

The Community Career Center provides a supportive and professional setting where job seekers can conduct an effective and successful job search. In addition, a professional staff of trained volunteers is available for individual consultation to assist job seekers in setting reasonable goals and implementing strategies that meet their specific needs. Perhaps the most unique feature about the Center is the one-on-one appointments. Which include: resume writing, networking, interviewing skills, job search strategy, career counseling, and basic computer skills. This provides the ability to customize the Center’s resources to the individual job seeker’s needs. Programs and services are available without geographic restrictions. For more information www.communitycareercenter.org/


Workforce Center of Will County

The Workforce Center of Will County (WCWC) is an integrated workforce system that brings services provided by several workforce partners under one roof. The center provides an array of services and connects customers to work-related training and education. Job seekers are provided with high-quality career services, education and training, and supportive services to obtain an in-demand occupation and stay employed. Services are also available to help businesses find skilled workers and obtain additional supportive services, including education and training for their current workforce. For more information visit www.will.works


workNet DuPage Career Center

DuPage County Workforce Development Division (WDD) is funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and provides an extensive range of services to both job seekers and employers. Job seeker services include scholarships for job training programs, job search workshops, career counseling, a job search resource center, and more. Employer services include workforce training grants, a resume database, free job posting, assistance for workers being laid off, and more.For more information visit www.worknetdupage.org


Upcoming Events & Workshops


 - Community Career Center
 - Converge - North Central College
 - Will County
 - DuPage County
 - Naper Launch
JAN
25

Meetup - SCORE Business Roundtable


Join SCORE Mentors and other business owners in an informal roundtable discussion and learn how other entrepreneurs solve common, and not so common challenges.

HOST: Naper Launch

VENUE: Nichols Library - Community Room

LOCATION: 200 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL 60540

TIME: 8:00am

PHONE: 630-961-4100

WEBSITE: www.naperville-lib.org


JAN
25

Parent Inc.- Returning to Work (Cathy Giacobbe)


Are you thinking of going back to work after being home with a family member for a period of time. Come join us for the interactive discussion how to re-join the workforce, including deciding what you want to do, how networking plays a crucial role and how to fill in job gaps on your resume. Facilitator: Cathy Giacobbe, CCC Program Coordinator. Free to CCC members, $20 non-members

HOST: Community Career Center

VENUE: Community Career Center

LOCATION: 1815 W. Diehl Rd., Naperville, IL 60563

TIME: 9:00am

PHONE: 630-961-5665

WEBSITE: www.communitycareercenter.org


JAN
25

Lean-In Women's Networking Group (Kimberly White)


Lean In Circles are nationally recognized networking groups inspired by the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. They are small groups which meet to learn and grow together and provide the power of peer support. For women of all fields and transition circumstances, this group is intended to help you determine your goals and get moving. Facilitator: Kim White, CCC Executive Director. Free to all jobseekers.

HOST: Community Career Center

VENUE: Community Career Center

LOCATION: 1815 W. Diehl Rd., Naperville, IL 60563

TIME: 10:30am

PHONE: 630-961-5665

WEBSITE: www.communitycareercenter.org


JAN
27

Orientation To The CCC


Learn about the services and resources available at the Community Career Center. Prioritize the steps of your search after learning about each type of the one-on-one sessions offered with membership. Membership is nominal for a one-year period. No need to RSVP.

HOST: Community Career Center

VENUE: Community Career Center

LOCATION: 1815 W. Diehl Rd., Naperville, IL 60563

TIME: 9:00am

PHONE: 630-961-5665

WEBSITE: www.communitycareercenter.org


Full Event Calendar


 - Community Career Center
 - Converge - North Central College
 - Will County
 - DuPage County
 - Naper Launch