Safety and Quality of Life are Top Priorities 

The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) believes that the quality of life should be on the forefront of our intentions to preserve and support our communities. In response to the City of Chicago closing non-essential businesses and non-essential city services, SECC's offices will be closed through April 7, 2020 or until the "Stay-at-Home" Order is lifted.

We are committed to enhance our communications to support our business community and neighborhood networks during this crisis.  The SECC will:
  • Send weekly e-newsletters highlighting local small businesses that are providing services to our community, send updates on resources for businesses and include general quality of life resources for all.  Our growing resource list can be found on our website HERE.
  • Share relevant content on our social media pages to increase awareness and give ways to support one another such as government services, carry out options at local grocers and restaurants, or donating to a local cause. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
TeleWork: We are still working to increase telework options and relying on webinars/conference calls to serve our communities.

E-mail: Our staff will still be available via email. Contact us HERE. Please forgive any delay in responding to your inquiries during this challenging time.

Office Visits: Our office is closed to public visits, but we will do our best to assist you via phone or virtual meetings. New virtual appointments can be scheduled HERE

We recognize this is a challenging time for you, your family, and your businesses as you navigate through the uncertainty.  Please stay safe, help others in need and show appreciation for our health care teams working the front lines! 

In solidarity,

Elvin Charity, Board President

Diane Burnham, Executive Director

$100 Million Relief Package for Chicago Small Businesses
Mayor Lightfoot announced a $100 Million Relief Package for Chicago Small Businesses. The new fund will provide more than $100 million in low-interest loans to severely impacted small businesses over the coming month, targeting historically under-resourced communities with an emphasis on minimizing hardship for those businesses and their employees.
Small Business Highlight: Locally-Owned Woodlawn UPS Store Open for Service During Crisis

T he UPS Store in Woodlawn is available to help individuals and small businesses during the crisis and beyond. The UPS Store at 818 E 63rd St is locally-owned and independently-operated by Rex and Monica Ingram.  There is street parking in front and a free parking lot behind the store.

The UPS Store is your local print shop in 60637, providing professional printing services to market your small business or to help you complete your personal project or presentation. They offer secure mailbox and package acceptance services, document shredding, office and mailing supplies, faxing, scanning and more. Everything for your small business, even shipping.

SECC's Neighborhood Business Development Center 
Federal Disaster Loans: Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters
L ow-interest loans up to $2 million per eligible small business or non-profit. Loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, or other bills. 
City of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection 
BACP will continue processing business licenses, where applicable, online or over the phone. Please visit or call 312-74-GOBIZ. 
Restaurants and Bars Policy 
All bars and restaurants have been closed for in-person dining and can safely offer delivery, drive-thru and curbside pickup options. 
SECC Community and Neighborhood News 
UChicago Medicine COVID-19 Resources
T he University of Chicago Medicine has made temporary changes to its visitor policy, limiting access for most visitors coming to our medical campus and outpatient clinics.

SECC Footprint Neighborhood Food Pantries
There are 26 food pantries located within a 
2-mile radius search of 60615 zip code. 
Please share with those in need.
Phone first to ensure hours of operations.

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