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This Thursday, QuickBooks
Connect Chicago
is bringing together hundreds of Chicago’s diverse
businesses under one roof, from small businesses and entrepreneurs to
self-employed workers, developers and accountants.

This audience will come together to obtain the tools and resources they
need to succeed from Intuit
and partners Square
and Bigcommerce, while also
getting unique opportunities to network with each other. Attendees will
potentially have the opportunity to hear from a surprise local celebrity
who can speak directly to the Chicago small business landscape and its
opportunity for growth.

In addition to a comprehensive line-up of content and activities
targeted at small businesses and entrepreneurs, there are also special
events planned for accountants and the self-employed and developer

  • QuickBooks
    Online Certification Training for accountants
    : This free
    one-day course, taking place the day after QuickBooks Connect Chicago
    on July 17, will help prepare Chicago accountants for the QuickBooks
    Online Certification exam and has been designed, and will be taught,
    by QuickBooks Online Advanced Certified ProAdvisors. The course earns
    up to 5 CPE credits, and accountants who pass the exam onsite will
    receive a Amazon gift card.
  • How
    to be Successful Working in Today’s On-Demand Economy
    : QuickBooks
    will be hosting an afternoon session on July 16 alongside Lyft
    and Work Market, with a
    panel discussion on how to be successful working in today’s on-demand
    economy, self-employment tax tips and networking opportunities with
    fellow self-employed professionals.
  • Intuit
    Developer #UnicornLibations Drinkup
    : With 600 million small
    businesses worldwide, the opportunity to drive their success is huge.
    Reach millions of small businesses by developing for Intuit’s
    QuickBooks Online, an open platform for developers that taps into the
    power of QuickBooks and the cloud. All developers are welcome to swing
    by the evening of July 16 and talk to members of Intuit Developer as
    well as other Chicago developers.

Big Opportunities to Win

As part of the event, Chicago attendees have two opportunities to win
big and boost their businesses as a result. Small businesses will be
able to enter QuickBooks’ Small
Business Big Game
, a contest where one lucky winner will receive an
expenses-paid, 30-second television commercial during professional
football’s biggest game. Attendees will also have the chance to win an
expenses-paid trip to attend the annual QuickBooks
national event in San Jose, Calif., on Nov. 3, 2015.
Confirmed speakers for the event currently include The Honest Company’s
Jessica Alba, founder and chief creative officer, and Brian Lee,
co-founder and chief executive officer.

Access to Successful Entrepreneurs and Experts

The first winner of ‘The Apprentice’ Bill Rancic, USA Today columnist
Rhonda Abrams, Chicago small business advocates and experts from Intuit,
Square and Bigcommerce will be at QuickBooks Connect Chicago to help
attendees take their businesses to the next level.

QuickBooks is also putting Chicago’s own successful small business
owners in the spotlight during an inspiring panel, where ABC ‘Shark
Tank’ contestant and founder of LuminAID
and founder of Lyteshot will share
their lessons learned and successes specific to the Chicago community.

To view the full schedule and register for #QBConnect Chicago, visit
Use the discount code “QBCHI” to register for free today.


Thursday, July 16

  • QuickBooks Connect Chicago conference: 9:00am – 2:30pm CT
  • Self-Employed event: 2:30pm – 4:30pm CT
  • Developer event: 4:30pm – 6:30pm CT

    • Offsite at The Monarch, 1745 W North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Friday, July 17

  • QuickBooks Online Certification Training (accountants only): 9:00am –
    5:00pm CT


The Geraghty
2520 S Hoyne Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608


Resourceful small business experts

  • Al Ko:
    vice president of product management at Intuit, has built products
    that facilitate business management and adapt small businesses to the
    digital age
  • Bill Rancic: first winner of ‘The
    Apprentice’, co–owner of four successful restaurants and Xo, G Wine,
    New York Times best-selling author and real estate developer
  • Rhonda Abrams: best-selling
    author, entrepreneur and USA Today small business columnist
  • Jewel Burks: an
    Atlanta local, Google’s entrepreneur in residence and founder and CEO
    of PartPic
  • Melinda Kelly:
    executive director of Chatham Business Association and appointed small
    business committee member by Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Successful Chicago small business owners

  • Mark Ladd: CEO and
    founder of LyteShot, a cloud-based mobile gaming platform for
    alternate reality gaming in the real world with sensor-based game play
    connected through the internet
  • Andrea Sreshta:
    co-founder of LuminAID, a clean energy startup that produces solar
    powered, rechargeable, inflatable and lightweight lamps

Source: Intuit Inc.

Intuit Inc.
Sarah Voros, 650-944-4385
Jen Garcia, 415-828-2514