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

May 6th, 2020
Business & Community
News & Events
IRS CARES Act Credit - Local Company Shifts Production to PPE -
Short Changing Illinois: Are You Guilty? - City, U of Chicago Survey Could Net you $500 - Lawndale Mixed-Use Development
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. 

Norman Hoffberg, co-President of Petra & Holum, said: "We're proud we were able to focus the special skills our employees possess to provide the product in a short amount of time." The company designed a range of sewn face masks and assembled face shields and started production in just seven days. The PPEs are distributed to hospitals and police departments in the Midwest, including the University of Chicago Hospitals and the Chicago Police Department.

Petra, founded in 1933, is one of the oldest, most respected  designers and manufacturers of customized screen printing, presentation binders, sewn and turned edge products, promotional, and POP/POS signage. In 2018 they merged with Holum & Sons to become Petra & Holum.

A Chance to Win $500:
How Is COVID-19 Impacting Your Business?

The City of Chicago has partnered with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Illinois small businesses, and what the city and state governments can do to help businesses recover.

The survey is open until Friday, May 15th; eligible participants will be automatically entered into a lottery to win one of ten $500 prizes. A computerized random draw will pick the winners by Sunday, May 31st.

The survey is short and confidential. Your feedback will help improve the types of assistance city and state government agencies provide to help businesses survive and recover from this crisis. If you would like the chance to shape the government’s economic response to the pandemic, click HERE.
Lawndale Set for Major Mixed-Use Development

Per Curbed Chicago , The North Lawndale neighborhood, once home to the now-demolished Ogden Courts and Lawndale public housing development, is getting a major mixed-use development - 120,000 square feet of commercial space and over 350 mixed-income housing units. The project is scheduled for completion in 2026.  Click to get the details.
If you lent someone a dollar, would you
be happy if they only repaid you .50 cents?

If Chicagoans don't start responding to the 2020 Census seriously, Chicago will be short-changed again, while struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Did you know Chicagoans are only getting .66 cents back for each $1 paid to the Federal Government since the 2010 Census? Why? Because ten years ago, only 66% of Chicagoans responded to the Federal Census.

Ten years ago, three out of every ten Chicagoans were too scared, busy, or didn't care to respond to the Census. Statistics for the 2020 Census are more shameful. In Humboldt Park (Census tract 8023), the response rate as of May 3rd is 48%, 56% overall in Cook County, and 62% statewide.

The 2020 Census consists of 12 easy, 'Yes' or 'No' questions. It does NOT include a question on whether one is a citizen. We all need to take the responsibility
of responding to the Census, and encouraging
others to do so, too. Let's not short change Illinois!

Click to view Census questions defined in detail
Click here for pdf flyer with 2020 Census questions
To respond online to the 2020 Census, click here
All You Need to Know About
CARES Act Employee Retention Credit

The Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act encourages businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.
Click for a list of FAQs from the IRS
COVID-19 Programs,
Resources for Small Businesses

There are a number of City, State of Illinois, and Federal programs and resources to help businesses during the COVIC-19 Pandemic. The Connection published several issues with this information: April 9th, April 20th, 23rd, and 24th. You can access these eNewsletters by clicking here.
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
Both Tutti Frutti and Gabriela's are open for Curbside Pickup and Delivery. Contact them directly for updated hours and menus.
Up & Ready for Business
5349 W. Belmont Avenue - 773/954-2168

Five stars plus! Only fresh, natural ingredients, everything is made from scratch - even ice cream. Tutti Frutti is family-owned, and by people who know food and go to the nth degree to please your palate. More than one Yelp review used the words 'hidden gem'.......

Click here for Yelp Reviews; for menu, here
Just Like Mom Made...
3721 W. Fullerton Avenue - 773/799-8488

A new eaterie, Gabriela's Carnitas, opened in April at 3721 W. Fullerton Avenue. Owned by one of the brothers behind the popular L'Patron, the restaurant is named for their mother and inspired by the carnitas she made for them growing up.
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