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08/27/2020: September SBIFs on Deck -
'Together Now Fund' - COD Open Bids - City Market Opportunities - Mural Quest - Small Business Stats & Demographics
Can the SBIF Benefit Your Business?

Over the last twenty years, The City's Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) has invested more than $100M in small businesses all over Chicago.

SBIF grants for commercial and industrial companies, and property owners provide reimbursement for 25%, 50%, or 75% of permanent building improvements such as storefront renovation, building systems, interior remodeling, and roof replacement. Projects must be preapproved, and applicants must have a valid city business license, current with property taxes, and clear of City indebtedness. For information.
On Deck - 9/1 - 9/30/2020 SBIF District Openings
Applications will not be accepted before 9 AM, September 1st, 2020;
Click on specific district for map and information
For program and more information, Click HERE
SBIF Webinar -
Wednesday, September 2nd - 1 to 2:30 PM
DPD and SomerCor are hosting a webinar to review
SBIF program requirements and application process
Advance registration is recommended. The meeting can also be watched live stream on DPD's YouTube page, and previous webinars can also viewed.
Click to register for 9/2/2020 Webinar
Deadline: 8/31/2020
Second Round of 'Together Now' Fund Open

The second round of the Together Now fund is open until August 31, 2020, to qualified small businesses. The fund supports a $4,000 grant to cover operational costs. Unlike the first round, the focus is on awarding grants in South and West Side communities.
  • Small businesses with 100 employees or less at any one location
  • Not-for-profits that experienced economic losses due to COVID-19 on or after March 1, 2020, with at least 25% revenue loss 
  • Certain institutions are not eligible - Check the FAQs at the Together Now website to see if your business qualifies.
  • Valid Driver’s License, State ID or Passport

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Click HERE to download pdf listing of available current space
Opportunities for Businesses & Vendors

Chicago City Markets sell fresh seasonal produce, flowers, prepared 
foods, unique Chicago-made products, and rare finds at more than a dozen community markets in neighborhoods across Chicago, including the longest-running ones at Daley Plaza, and historic Maxwell Street.

Farmers, food entrepreneurs, and artisans are invited to submit applications to sell their produce and locally-sourced and made food products at some of these neighborhood City Market locations. Due to COVID-19 precautions, food may not be prepared on-site by any market vendors.
Click here for Information and applications
Open Bids for Goods & Services

The Business Development Center at College of DuPage (COD) is accepting sealed bids and RFPs for goods and services. Click HERE for listing of open bids and submission procedure.

COD is committed to the economic development of disadvantaged business enterprises; qualified Minority, Women, and Persons with Disabilities Owned Businesses are highly encouraged to participate.
Chicago's bridges, buildings, train stations, and more are colorful canvases for thousands of square feet of colorful murals. Some tell a story, others beautify a corner - like the one above at 2912 N. Milwaukee Avenue. With the help of the
City of Chicago's Mural Registry - which can be sorted by zip code, ward, artist's name, and more - and the articles below, a pleasant summer day can be spent enjoying outdoor art.*
2020 Small Business Stats
by State, Congressional Districts

The Small Business Profiles for Congressional Districts series provides user-friendly snapshots of national, state, and congressional district small business statistics. Readers can access the number of small employers and their industry breakout, the number of workers employed and payroll expended by small businesses. Additionally, the profiles provide a map showing the total number and distribution of self-employed workers across the districts.
Click here to access data portal.
 Notes on the data and methodology used are available here.
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