05/05/2021: Application Open for Restaurant Revitalization $28.6 Fund -
IRS, Treasury Department Announce COVID Tax Credits - Hungry? NWCC Has Some Ideas - Proposals Solicited for Invest South/West Humboldt Site
Proposals Solicited for
INVEST South/West Humboldt Site

The Chicago Department of Planning
& Development solicited proposals for the former Pioneer Bank building as part of the City's INVEST South/West initiative to spur redevelopment and attract developers and others to invest in older Chicago commercial stretches. 

The former bank site at 4000 W. North Avenue includes an adjacent building at 1638 N. Pulaski Road and parking lot.
The commercial block of North Avenue, just east of the bank, (shown above in the BLK Architecture rendering) is part of the project.
RFPs are due in August 2021.
SBA Announces $28.6 Billion
Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Registration is now open for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) on the SBA's Award portal.  Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the process in advance to ensure smoother processing. If already working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register beforehand l. For the first 21 days of the program, the SBA will prioritize funding applications from businesses owned and controlled by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. After that, eligible applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis and the portal will remain open until all funds are exhausted.  
Advance Preparation

Click on the below to review the sample application, program guide, and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 options, or view the training video at left. For info' in Spanish by click here.
NWCC Member
Restaurants & Eateries

The restaurant industry
was hit hard by the pandemic -
NWCC asks that whenever
possible...Think Local!
Click on name to go to websites

Eat-in, Pick-up, Delivery...

Pick-up & Delivery...

The World is On Facebook
& Yelp....Is Your Business?

The COVID pandemic walloped business in general, significantly smaller, local ones. Given that, using social media like Facebook and Yelp is a free way to have an online presence and let customers know you're open for business. More importantly, how they can enjoy the food you serve, buy the items you sell, or the services you offer.

If you already have a Facebook page, note that posts are dated. If your most recent posts is more than a few months old, get busy and post something! Make sure contact info' is current. An easy entry for a restaurant can be a photo of a specialty dish or article about food.  Retailers can use photos of a items they carries, specials or upcoming sale; service industries a few words, or link to an article about their type of business and how it can benefit individuals and other companies.

Facebook and Yelp are FREE. Indeed, if you type your business name into the Facebook or Yelp search features, your business might already be there and need to be claimed by you.
If you're not already on Facebook, click here to set up a page
If you're not already on Yelp, click here to set up a listing

If you're a NW Connection Member and need help with setting up on Facebook or Yelp, the service is free. Call or email Pete Schmugge 773/558-8743; nwconnectioncc@gmail.com
IRS, Treasury Department
Announce COVID Tax Credits

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced further details of tax credits available under the American Rescue Plan to help small businesses, including providing paid leave for employees receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. The additional details spell out some basic facts about the employers eligible for the tax credits.
Self-employed individuals may claim comparable credits.
Click for information.
Nice Weather...Finally - Time to Enjoy it...
Lincoln Park Zoo began with two pairs of swans -a gift from New York's Central Park in 1868. Since then, it has grown side by side with the City of Chicago - from swans to science and from trading post to metropolis. Visitors learn about diverse species from around the planet, the animals receive enrichment that inspires natural behaviors, and its scientists protect ecosystems from Chicago to the Republic of Congo.   It is the only privately managed, free zoo in the country.
How to Get Around Chicago & the Suburbs
Plan your trip with the Regional Transportation Authority
Click here to access RTA Info on
Riding CTA Buses & Trains - Metra Trains - Pace Buses - Paying for the Ride
Accessibility - Bikes on Transit - Frequently Asked Questions
If You Don't Already Have your free copy of the
NW Connection Chamber of Commerce
2021 Business & Shopper's Directory?

Call or email Pete Schmugge,NWCC Executive Director
(773)558-8743 - nwconnectioncc@gmail.com
Let him know if you'd like
additional copies for clients & customers.
NWCC Membership Renewals
2nd Quarter 2021

Almacenes Mexico - Bionic Auto Parts - Bishop Conway Residence - Crescent Movers
Elite Labor Service - Hawthorne Race Course -
McDonald's Restaurant/3241 W. North Avenue - Second City Roofing - State Farm Insurance/Joe Wilson Agency

Click to see NWCC Members Roster by Category - Alphabetical
The NW Connection maintains an inventory of commercial and industrial properties and
land for lease or sale. Brokers and agents
are invited to send their listings for inclusion.
Click here for inventory; here to send a listing
Follow NWCC on Facebook for daily posts of
breaking news, events & programs...
´╗┐resources and webinars.
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The NW Connection Chamber of Commerce, a delegate agency of the City of Chicago Neighborhood Business Development Center, is funded to provide assistance to the
Cragin, Hermosa, Humboldt Park, and North Austin Communities.