Serving the Cragin, Hermosa,
Humboldt Park & N. Austin Communities
August 27th, 2020 - September SBIFs on Deck - Together Now Grants - Turning Food Deserts Green - Member Spotlight: Challenge Print & Design - Open Bids for Goods & Services
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
  • Completed W-9 form
For more info' and to apply, click HERE
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, Click HERE
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
Challenge Prints & Design at 4354 W. Armitage Avenue has produced quality printing for the Hermosa community for over 20 years; they've printed NWCC's annual Resource Guide the past three years.

Owner Taide Villasenor (at right) established the business in 1998, and with its steady growth, hired Hector Dimas in 2003 to assist him. While Taide handles the printing end, Hector advises and assists customers with design and typesetting. He's responsible for finish proofing jobs before they go to print and handles edits and job quote requests.  

Taide Villasenor's printing machinery allows him to handle a wide range of print jobs - from business cards to large posters and banners, brochures, and books like NWCC's Resource Guide. In addition, Challenge has custom imprint capacity for tee shirts and the like.

Check out the Member Spotlight page on NWCC's website
Challenge Prints & Design
4354 W. Armitage Avenue, Chicago
773-252-0212 -

Business Cards - Flyers - Posters
Guides & Books - Menus - Banners
Stationery & Invoices

10 AM to 6 PM Monday to Friday
10 AM to 3 PM Saturday; closed Sundays
Opportunities for Businesses and Vendors

Chicago City Markets sell fresh seasonal produce, flowers, prepared foods, unique Chicago-made products and rare finds – at Chicago’s longest running farmers market on Daley Plaza, the historic Maxwell Street Market and a

Farmers, food entrepreneurs and artisans are invited to submit applications to sell their produce and locally-sourced and -made food products at some of Chicago's 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
Greening the Food Desert...
"Food is a basic necessity. But it's also a basic necessity we don't have access to," said Azariah Baker, a teen who worked to create the market."

Pascal Sabino--Block Club/Chicago, 8.20/20
"West Side Teens Transform Liquor Store Into Fresh Food Market:
'We Can Do So Much More"

Click HERE to read the story
Business opportunities
Open Bids for Goods & Services

The Business Development Center at College of DuPage (COD) iaccepts sealed bids and RFPs for goods and services. 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.

Click HERE for listing of open bids and submission procedure
Thank You to These Members
for Renewing the Partnership - *New member

Click HERE to see a complete Member Roster

Almacenes Mexico - Andersen Funeral Home Services - Athletico Physical Therapy - Belmont-Central Chamber - Best-Rate Insurance - Bionic Auto Parts - Bishop Conway - Carnicerias Jimenez - Chicago Auto Radiator Service - Chicago Premier Realty - Coldwell Banker Realty - Community Savings Bank - Cozy Corner Restaurant - Crescent Movers - Dardon Roofing - Diamond Garden Hall Banquets - Dunkin' Donuts - Elite Labor Service - ESP Tax Service - Elliott’s Augusta Pizza - European American Association - Evans-Gzech - First Midwest Bank - GooGoo's Table - Helpico Insurance - Insurance Adjustment Group - Insuring Solutions - Las Americas Jewelry - Latino Tax Corporation - Let’s Change Resale - Liberty Bank - Logan Square Pest Control - Matthews Roofing - McDonald’s/4338 West North - McDonald’s/3241 West North - Midwest Fence - Norford Hotel - North-Pulaski Currency Exchange - North-Pulaski Fresh Market - Nowak Farmer's Market - Oak Street Health/Hermosa - Parkside Liquors - Portage Park Chamber - R & S Car Wash - Roeser’s Bakery - Santana & Daughter Screenprint - Saranecki Banquets - Second City Roofing - Sleep On Latex - Spanish Coalition for Housing - State Farm/Mark Hanson Agency - State Farm/Joe Wilson Agency - Time Realty - U-Haul - Wintrust Bank - 4 Yolks Restaurant
Welcome to a New NWCC Member..

Latino Tax Corp.
4101 W Armitage Avenue - 1st floor
Chicago IL 60639 - 773/489-1638
Click to visit their website
Get Your Free Copy of NWCC's
Business & Shopping Resource Guide
Click HERE to view or download a copy;
for a softcover print copy, call Pete Schmugge
773/558-8743 or email
NWCC's Commercial Real Estate Inventory

The NW Connection Chamber maintains an inventory of commercial and industrial properties for sale and lease. Agents, brokers, and owners are invited to send their listings for inclusion.
Follow NWCC on Facebook for daily posts of breaking news,
up-to-date info' about programs, resources, events and
webinars. Click HERE to Check out our website
The NW Connection Chamber of Commerce, a delegate agency of the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs, is funded to provide assistance to the
Cragin, Hermosa, Humboldt Park, and North Austin Communities.