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Battling COVID-2019
Petra & Holum Switches
Production Capabilities to PPE

A little over a month ago , presentation packaging custom manufacturer Petra & Holum repurposed its manufacturing capabilities and converted its sewing and assembly of custom and specialized packaging to make PPEs. 

Norman Hoffberg, co-President of Petra & Holum, said: "We're proud we were able to focus the special skills our employees possess to provide the product in a short amount of time." The company designed a range of sewn face masks and assembled face shields and started production in just seven days. The PPEs are distributed to hospitals and police departments in the Midwest, including the University of Chicago Hospitals and the Chicago Police Department.

Petra, founded in 1933, is one of the oldest, most respected  designers and manufacturers of customized screen printing, presentation binders, sewn and turned edge products, promotional, and POP/POS signage. In 2018 they merged with Holum & Sons to become Petra & Holum.

Shrinking Footprints

CoreNet conducted a one-week survey in April 2020 of its 11,000 members, most of whom are real estate executives. Their results? - 69% believe working from home will become a permanent fixture of corporate life. Another survey of chief financial officers conducted by research firm Gartner revealed 74%, of the 314 polled, said they planned to downsize the number of people coming into the office each day.

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3 Pros and 3 Cons of Working Remotely
by Vault Careers | February 14, 2019

If you lent someone a dollar, would you
be happy if they only repaid you .50 cents?

If Chicagoans don't start responding to the 2020 Census, Chicago will be short-changed again, while struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Did you know Chicagoans are only getting .66 cents back for each $1 paid to the Federal Government since the 2010 Census? Why? Because ten years ago, only 66% of Chicagoans responded to the Federal Census.

Ten years ago, three out of every ten Chicagoans were too scared, busy, or didn't care to respond to the Census. Statistics for the 2020 Census are more shameful. In Humboldt Park (Census tract 8023), the response rate as of May 3rd is 48%, 56% overall in Cook County, and 62% statewide.

The 2020 Census consists of 12 easy, 'Yes' or 'No' questions. It does NOT include a question on whether one is a citizen. We all need to take the responsibility
of responding to the Census, and encouraging
others to do so, too. Let's not short change Illinois!

Click to view Census questions defined in detail
Click here for pdf flyer with 2020 Census questions
To respond online to the 2020 Census, click here
A Chance to Win $500:
How Is COVID-19 Impacting Your Business?

The City of Chicago has partnered with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Illinois small businesses, and what the city and state governments can do to help businesses recover.

The survey is open until Friday, May 15th; eligible participants will be automatically entered into a lottery to win one of ten $500 prizes. A computerized random draw will pick the winners by Sunday, May 31st.

The survey is short and confidential. Your feedback will help improve the types of assistance city and state government agencies provide to help businesses survive and recover from this crisis. If you would like the chance to shape the government’s economic response to the pandemic, click here.
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Per Curbed Chicago , The North Lawndale neighborhood, once home to the now-demolished Ogden Courts and Lawndale public housing development, is getting a major mixed-use development - 120,000 square feet of commercial space and over 350 mixed-income housing units. The project is scheduled for completion in 2026.  Click to get the details.
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All You Need to Know About
CARES Act Employee Retention Credit

The Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act encourages businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.
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