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9/17/2020 - Round Two of Business Interruption Grant - Microloan Offering - HUB Zone Info - October SBIF's - Some Fun & More....

Second Round
Opens 9/17/2020

$220M Funds Second Round of Business Interruption Grants

The second round of DCEO's Business Interruption Grants (BIG) opens Thursday, September 17th, 2020.  The focus of the $220M set aside for BIG grants is on disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs) and heavily impacted industries and regions – businesses operating at a severely diminished capacity since spring, or unable to reopen.

Click here for program details, access list of
requisite documents needed to apply, and application*.
*as the 'News is released, application was not yet available
North Branch Works offers a microloan product for qualified small businesses located in several Chicago communities.  The fund lends from $25,000 to $50,000 to applicants for startups or established businesses
with an interest rate ranging from 2% to 8%. 
For over 30 years NorthBranch Works has employed its expertise and established city and neighborhood relationships to promote economic development linked to workforce development and job creation.
For info' about the Microloan, contact Steve Simmons
773/929-5552 x 2226;
From the Small Business Administration
With the pandemic's stranglehold on businesses, it's crucial to use all the tools available to increase your product or service sales.This course shows how to utilize social media strategies to harness the power of social media marketing.
Click to access course.
Did You Know? The federal government goal is to award at least 3% of all federal contracting dollars to certified small businesses in historically underutilized business zones? Click to download.
Small business improvement fund grants (SBIF) for commercial and industrial companies, and property owners provides reimbursements of 25%, 50%, or 75% of pre-approved permanent building improvements such as storefront renovation, building systems, interior remodeling, and roof replacement.
SBIF District Openings On Deck 10/1 - 10/30/2020
Click on specific district for map and information
For information and application, click here.
Applications will not be accepted before 9 AM, 10/01/2020

Michael Goldstein - (773)504-1200

Hard-to-find Inexpensive space in Chicagoland
500’-160,000’ - short and long term leases
NOW LEASING...Click on addresses for interior views and details
Click HERE to download pdf listing of available current space
Not shown below 4165 S. Emerald - click to view photos
Courtesy of MIT Technology Review...

Working alone at home isn't for everyone but audio engineer Stéphane Pigeon came up with a fun fix - Calm Office. Since its release in March, 250,000 people have streamed clackety keys, fax machine whirrs, and strains of conversation. Check it out.  If Autumn walks or Japanese Gardens are more your thing? Click here.
A prominent construction company is selling these two clean, well-maintained buildings below - separately or together as a complement to one another. Well located, they're adjacent to a Home Depot, Starbucks, and other new retail concerns.
4639 W. Armitage Avenue Clean, modern building with four private offices, reception area, conference room, open area for multiple work stations, and kitchen. Fully air-conditioned, parking on site. Adjacent to Home Depot, Starbucks, and other new retail.
Click for flyer with photos, details.

4638 W. Armitage Avenue
Well maintained, single story, turnkey office/flex building owned by the same seller. The 5,600 sf building is ideal for contractors, small machine or woodshop, storage, art, or fitness studio. Secured skylights,
small office with one bathroom.
Click for flyer with details.
Contact Deborah Smith - 773/885-3254;
Voice from the Past....Into the Present

Many of you already know Jim Lemonides.
As Executive Director of a local economic development group from 1981 to 2010, he led the organization through its gravy days - pioneering programs and activities adopted by the City of Chicago and racking up local and national recognition and prestige while garnering major grants and awards.

Jim recently started a second career - as an Independent Voice-Over Professional. If your business could use a 'voice' or you want to say "Hi"?
4358 N. Elston Avenue - (708) 667-0866
Officially opened September 14th, 2020!

Joel Piedra, the former chef of Sabatino's,
is realizing a long-held dream in opening Avvio. Like its name, the restaurant is the start of an adventure. Chef Joel hopes diners will share his 30-year passion for Italian cuisine.

In finalizing the menu, the Pagni Brothers gave their former chef full use of the now-closed Sabatino's menu. Classics like Rich's Special - a combination of filet mignon, marsala, lightly breaded shrimps, and veal piccata; and Gnocchi di Spinaci - small tender spinach gnocchi with grilled asparagus tips in a cream sauce with prosciutto.
Click here for their Instagram page - here for Facebook
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;
Minority, Women, and Persons with Disabilities Owned Businesses are encouraged to participate.
Ready to Buy, Sell or Lease?
InBusiness/Chicago and the NW Connection Chamber of Commerce maintain inventories
of commercial real estate for sale or lease.
Click here for IBC's - Click here for NWCC's

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