Serving Businesses in Cragin, Hermosa, Humboldt Park & N. Austin Communities

May 14th, 2020
Business & Community
News & Events
Chicago's 5-Phase Transition - New Legislation - Give City Your Feedback - SBA Loans & Resources - Remote Working During Pandemic, The New Normal Going Forward? - Open for Business? Get a Free Plug.
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"Protecting Chicago"
Framework & Proposed Legislation

Last Friday, Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health announced the framework for the reopening of Chicago amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The "Protecting Chicago"
plan ( 7-page pdf ) is organized into five phases in alig nment with the State of Illinois' "Restore Illinois" plan, advising Chicagoans
on how to safely exit from shelter-in-place while continuing to prioritize the
health of its most vulnerable residents.

Chicago has already transitioned from Phase One ( Strict Stay-at-Home ) to Phase Two ( Stay-at-Home ) of the "Protecting Chicago" Framework. The goal of this phase is to continue flattening the curve while safely being outside:
  • Essential workers go to work; everyone else works from home.
  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Wear a face covering while outside your home
  • Physically distance from anyone you do not live with, especially vulnerable friends and family.

T he City of Chicago is using specific health criteria , which can be found in the " Protecting Chicago" Framework , to determine how and when to transition between phases. Additionally, the City is working with industry working groups to develop detailed, industry-specific guidelines on how to reopen safely, which we plan to share in the next two weeks. BACP will pass along this information directly to businesses as soon as it is determined and available.
Take the Survey, Give Your Feedback
The City is looking for feedback to ensure the reopening is phased in a way that eases concerns that businesses and residents may have.
Additional BACP Updates

There are two pending pieces of legislation ...
both will be considered by City Council on Wednesday, May 20. 
  • License Extension: Under this law, licenses expiring during the COVID-19 outbreak will have their expiration date extended along with renewal and late fees deferred. Upon passage of this law, all business or public vehicle licenses that expire between March 15 and June 30, 2020, will be considered active until July 30, 2020, and will have until that date to renew without paying late fees. This date could be sooner if the Department of Public Health Commissioner determines that the public health threat has diminished and issues guidance to lift the order.
  • Anti-Retaliation: Under this law, employers would not be allowed to fire, demote, or retaliate against a worker staying home from work because they are sick with COVID-19 symptoms or because they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  •  New rules to increase transparency for third-party food delivery companies. Starting Friday, May 22, these companies will be required to disclose a cost breakdown for each purchase, including the amount of the commission paid by the restaurant to customers  
Read the Industry Notice  for more information.

The Chicago Department of Public Health has updated the  COVID-19 Resource Center website . Please visit their website for up-to-date and organized information on everything related to the pandemic, including the latest health data and guidance, reopening updates, and how to donate or volunteer.

Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) continues to offer multiple free webinars each week. To learn the topics, dates and details, and register please visit .
Open for Business - If you're open for business NWCC will be glad to post a courtesy notice on its Facebook page, and include in an issue of its eNews. Send info to
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. 

We're Open & Operating as an
Emergency Childcare Provider...

Committed to :
Promoting early learning and educational activities
Partnering with parents, caregivers, community
Encouraging individual growth
Fostering social development
Nurturing relationships

Our staff consists of qualified, experienced and continually trained educators
Nicole Quillen, Bright Start Center Director - 3522 N. Central Avenue, Chicago - 708-831-4111 - Click for website
Open Daily 7 AM to 3 PM - 2661 N. Harlem Avenue, Chicago - 773.637.8722 Early Bird Specials - Monday thru Friday - 7 to 10 AM - Click for flyer
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COVID-19: Small Business Loan Resources

The spread of the COVID-19 virus presents new challenges for our communities and the U.S. economy. We know this is a difficult time for people everywhere, including small business owners. SBA resources can help navigate the crisis.
Click red , underlined text below for details.
Paycheck Protection Program  This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program. Find a lender .
SBA Express Bridge Loans  Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. Apply through current SBA Express lender
SBA Debt Relief  The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updates from Ilinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA )
With the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19, IRMA is dedicated to keeping retailers updated with the latest information.
Click for IRMA page re information and resources
The Changing Face of Business

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 CFOs conducted by research firm Gartner revealed 74% of the 314 polled planned to downsize the number of people coming into the office each day.
Click to read the article
The NW Connection Chamber of Commerce provides direct assistance to everyone - members and non-members - with City,
State of Illinois, and Federal small business programs and resources.

Call Pete Schmugge, Executive Director at 773/558-8743 or email
The NW Connection Chamber of Commerce is funded as a delegate agency of the
City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs providing assistance to the Cragin,
Hermosa, Humboldt Park, and North Austin Neighborhoods.

Get Your Free Copy of NWCC's
Business & Shopping Resource Guide

5,000 copies are distributed annually in the Cragin, Hermosa, Humboldt Park and N. Austin neighborhoods. Click HERE to View or Download a pdf of the Guide. For a Softcover Print Copy - Call Pete at 773/558-8743 or