5/12/2022: $25K Small Biz Grants - 7/1: State Taxes, Sexual Harassment Changes -
Security Cam Program - Memorial Day Weekend Ideas - Leasing Opportunity
City Enlists Business Participation In New Program

The City of Chicago has launched a free, voluntary program enlisting the use of privately-owned security cameras to aid in criminal investigations occurring in your neighborhood. The Chicago Police Department will not have direct access to your camera system, cannot access camera footage without your consent, and has no requirement to provide footage. 
To participate, click here to register the location of your camera.
July 1st, 2022 Tax Changes

As previously reported by IRMA, the State budget passed by the Illinois General Assembly in May 2022 contains several temporary changes to Illinois taxes effective July 1. Those changes include temporary suspension of the 1% state-imposed tax on grocery items and the annual increase in the motor fuel tax by the rate of inflation and those counties eligible to impose such a tax. 
Additionally, there is a sales tax holiday for certain back-to-school items, clothing, and footwear with a sales price under $125; this applies to the 5% of the state's 6.25% base sales tax rate. Some local government units also initiated changes to their sales tax rates effective July 1, and are listed in the IDOR Tax Bulletins.

Click on individual bulletins to view or download:
Effective 7/1/2022
Sexual Harassment Amendments
On April 27, 2022, the Chicago City Council approved the Chicago Commission on Human Relations amendments to the City's sexual harassment laws, effective July 1, 2022. The basic changes mandate employers must have a written policy on sexual harassment, it must be posted, and training held for all employees annually.
NW Connection Chamber of Commerce Events...
Click red dates to view/download flyers...
6/18 - A Day at the Races - Hawthorne Race Course
6/17 & 18 - Father's Day Promotion
vs Gary SouthShore RailCats - Impact Field, Rosemont
9/15 - Annual Indian Boundary Golf Outing
co-sponsored with the Belmont Central Chamber of Commerce
NWCC Membership Renewals - 2nd Quarter 2022

Best Rate Insurance - Bionic Auto Parts - C & A Hardware - Country Insurance (formerly Insuring Solutions) - De La Rosa & Associates - Elliot's Augusta Pizza & Grill - European American Association - Helpico Insurance - Logan Square Pest Control - McDonalds (3245 W. North) Midwest Fence - Raila & Associates - Second City Exteriors, Garages & Roofing - State Farm Insuranc / Jennifer Santiago - State Farm Insurance / Joe Wilson - Wintrust Bank...
Click to view NWCC's Membership Roster - Click here to view/download an application
Leasing... 4348 W. Lake Street, 60624 - 10,432 SF of Industrial Space, divisible
Stunning loft/creative space leasing in the Sloan Valve Workshop Lofts building...Fully renovated in 2020 with common area washrooms, conference, kitchens, and break rooms - outdoor courtyard - 100+ car parking lot - 1 dock, two freight elevators - 12′-14′ clear ceiling height - 3,200 amps/480 Volt 3-Phase service. Click here for brochure.
Progressive® Insurance is proud to support Hispanic entrepreneurs in its Driving Small Business Forward grant program, hosted by Hello Alice. Ten $25,000 grants will be awarded to Hispanic Small Businesses to purchase a commercial vehicle. Click here to apply - Deadline submission 6/17/2022
Small Business Improvement Fund
The SBIF program benefits Chicago businesses and thir neighborhoods. Administered by non-for-profit Somercor and utilizing Local Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenue, qualified applicants are reimbursed for preapproved repairs and upgrades on commercial properties. New Districts open June 1st, 2022. 
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Contact: Pete Schmugge, NWCC Executive Director
773-558-8743 - nwconnectioncc@gmail.com
The NW Connection Chamber of Commerce - a Place Making Generalist agency for the City of Chicago Business Affairs Neighborhood Business Development Center - is funded to provide assistance to the Cragin, Hermosa, Humboldt Park, and North Austin Communities.