Serving the Cragin, Hermosa,
Humboldt Park & N. Austin Communities
June 26th, 2020 - $12.5M Portage Park Development - Industry Reopening Guidelines - Resources & Funding - IRS Tax Credits - DPD/Somercor SBIF Webinars - Wide Open Spaces - Updated Real Estate Inventory
City Assistance Approved for
Portage Park Retail, Storage Complex
A $12.5 million mixed-use development in Portage Park - expected to create 22 permanent jobs and up to 60 temporary construction jobs - will move forward through $3.3 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) assistance approved by the Chicago City Council in May.  The 122,300-square-foot complex at Central and Waveland Avenues will include a four-story, self-storage warehouse and 12,000-square-feet of ground-floor retail space. Click for additional details.
Deadline: June 29th
Chicago's Fund to Rebuild Neighborhoods

Application is open for the “Together Now” fund launched this month by Mayor Lightfoot to provide financial relief for Chicago small businesses and non-profits that experienced economic distress due to COVID-19 or recent property damage. 

Businesses with property damag e will be eligible for infrastructure grants up to $10,000 to help with repair costs. Businesses that have at least a 25 % revenue loss due to COVID-19 are eligible for operational grants up to $4,000 to cover economic losses. Business owners are eligible to apply for one infrastructure grant and one operational grant. Select regional or national chain businesses, including franchises, branch banks and payday loan stores, are not eligible
Donations to the Together Now Fund are tax deductible and can be made on the Chicago Community Trust website. Together Now is a collaboration between the City of Chicago , the Chicago Community Trust and
One Chicago Fund .
Small Business Improvement Fund

Now In its 20th year , the SBIF program is still
helping small businesses in nearly every Chicago neighborhood. One of the longest-running City programs, SBIF grants use Tax Increment Financing to reimburse businesses for qualifying repairs and upgrades.

Two webinars on the SBIF program and the application process are scheduled this summer by the Department of Planning & Development (DPD) and SomerCor. Advance registration is advised; however, both can be live-streamed on the day of the event on  DPD's YouTube page.
Click to Register : July 15th from 1 to 2:30 PM
Click t o Register: August 5th from 1 to 2:30 PM
New Listings Added...
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.
DPD Commissioner Visits North & Pulaski
At left , Maurice Cox, Commissioner of Chicago Department of Planning & Development, and Alfredo Jimenez of Carnicerias Jimenez after walking the North Avenue business strip
to offer assistance to area businesses that will be reopening as Chicago
moves forward.
Are You Open for Business? Send your info to the NW Connection
and we'll list it on a Special Page on our website , beginning July 1st,
with a link published in upcoming issues of the eNews.....
Easy-to-Use Flowchart for New Tax Credits - The IRS recently issued an easy-to-understand flow chart ( Publication 5419, New Employer Tax Credits ) to help employers understand the Employer Retention Credit, and credits for paid sick and family leave. Using the document, employers can quickly determine whether they are eligible, the amount, and which wages apply to the credits.

Proposed Regulations for Carbon Capture - The Treasury Department and the IRS recently proposed regulations to help businesses understand how legislation passed in 2018 can benefit those claiming carbon capture credits.
The IRS has several free enewsletters with tax tips, topics of use to businesses, and a wide range of resources. To subscribe, Click here
"Be Safe" Guidelines For Reopening

The City of Chicago issued comprehensive Guidelines, per industry, for a safe transition.
Click on type business to view/download:
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 City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection sponsors a wide range of webinars. Whether you're starting a new business, or managing an existing ones - Make BACP a starting point. Click for a schedule of webinars

Strolling thru a Farmer's Market will be different in 2020, given masks and social distancing, but a nice outing after sheltering in place.
Here are several lists to browse

Click for Listing of West and Southwest Suburbs Markets
Click for Listing of Farmer's Markets on Chicago's North Shore
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
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.