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Small businesses- get ready to get #Back2Business! Funded through #ARPA, B2B is Governor Pritzker’s latestCOVID-19 econo...
08/12/2021
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Small businesses- get ready to get #Back2Business! Funded through #ARPA, B2B is Governor Pritzker’s latest
COVID-19 economic recovery program, prioritized to support the hardest hit industries and communities. With a fast and easy application process, trackable in real-time, B2B grants of $5K-$150K can cover operational losses, staff and more to get you back to business in no time. Accepting applications August 18, 2021 Illinois.gov/dceo/B2B Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

August is #BlackBusinessMonth, and we sat down to hear Kevin Davenport speak about the plethora of resources for Black e...
08/11/2021
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August is #BlackBusinessMonth, and we sat down to hear Kevin Davenport speak about the plethora of resources for Black entrepreneurs at The Chicago Urban League Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Are you looking to start, scale, or grow your business? ChiBizHub is here to help! To access free resources, get free one-on-one business advising, download free business guides, and more, visit chibizhub.com.

Watch our interview and learn more here: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/world-business-chicago_august-spotlight-chicago-urban-league-center-activity-6830930258590474240-QeAo

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08/05/2021

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We can't wait to meet hundreds of small business owners and entrepreneurs on Thursday! ChiBizHub's team will be connecti...
07/19/2021

We can't wait to meet hundreds of small business owners and entrepreneurs on Thursday! ChiBizHub's team will be connecting 1:1 at the Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection Small Business E-Expo on July 22nd from 10am-4pm. Get your questions about small business growth and ownership answered, and hear about the local free resources to help you. For more information and to register, visit https//chismallbizexpo.com.

We can't wait to meet hundreds of small business owners and entrepreneurs on Thursday! ChiBizHub's team will be connecting 1:1 at the Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection Small Business E-Expo on July 22nd from 10am-4pm. Get your questions about small business growth and ownership answered, and hear about the local free resources to help you. For more information and to register, visit https//chismallbizexpo.com.

ChiBizHub is thrilled to help launch this initiative for #smallbusinessowners and #entrepreneurs in Chicago! Tiktok can ...
07/15/2021

ChiBizHub is thrilled to help launch this initiative for #smallbusinessowners and #entrepreneurs in Chicago! Tiktok can be the next great tool to connect, grow, and scale your business by reaching new audiences for free!

Excited for updates to come.

Calling all #smallbusines owners! #Chicago is proud to support TikTok and Main Street America in their Small Biz Block Party series! Across all 50 states, TikTok is holding fun and interactive events to help small business owners reach new customers and grow their online presences. RSVP for September 9th for an incredible opportunity to learn about the importance of social media #marketing, and it's absolutely FREE! Follow our small business hub ChiBizHub for more information! #SmallBiz #SmallBusiness #SmallBusinessOwner #ChiBizHub
https://www.tiktok-smallbizblockparty.com/

It is not too late to register! See you at 2112 Chicago with Center for Creative Entrepreneurship.
07/13/2021

It is not too late to register! See you at 2112 Chicago with Center for Creative Entrepreneurship.

Join ChiBizHub tonight at 2112 Creative Industry Incubator for the first Club Creative!

Center for Creative Entrepreneurship

ChiBizHub introduced a new way to connect with business resource providers: We went LIVE! Today, we had the privilege of...
07/08/2021
This conversation took place on Thursday, July 8th and highlighted the current loan program and resources provided by @allies4cb. Reece Fisher of ChiBizHub and Brad McConnell if Allies for Community Business sat down to introduce Allies to those who haven’t heard of it and promote the incredible work taking place at both @allies4cb and @thehatcherychi. Watch to learn more, and visit a4cb.org to access the resources available to you!

ChiBizHub introduced a new way to connect with business resource providers: We went LIVE! Today, we had the privilege of speaking to Brad McConnell of Allies for Community Business about their 3% loan program, community market with businesses from The Hatchery (Hub), and exciting upcoming grant opportunities! Allies for Community Business is a business resource provider in the East Garfield Park neighborhood serving businesses across Illinois and Indiana. To hear about the plethora of resources they provide, connect with leadership, and apply for a small business loan, watch ChiBizHub's Instagram Live. View our live video here: https://lnkd.in/eRUA3Ma and learn more at a4cb.org!
#smallbusiness #community #business #networking #chicago #businessresources #chicagobusiness #loans #funding #opportunity #interview #entrepreneurs

36Squared Business Incubator provides services to entrepreneurs and is located in the McKinley Park neighborhood. This i...
07/08/2021
Southwest Side small-business incubator to receive $80,000 in federal funding

36Squared Business Incubator provides services to entrepreneurs and is located in the McKinley Park neighborhood. This is exciting news for Chicago's small business ecosystem!
https://chicago.suntimes.com/business/2021/7/4/22559658/southwest-side-small-business-incubator-36squared-federal-funding-expand-entrepreneur-services

McKinley Park’s 36Squared Business Incubator will use the money to provide more services to entrepreneurs.

Event Announcement for Small Business Owners:Join Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) and Illinois Small Busin...
07/07/2021

Event Announcement for Small Business Owners:
Join Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) and
Illinois Small Business Development Center for an important webinar regarding SBA #Loan Programs tomorrow(7/9)! This class will be led by Arlene Martin of Huntington Bank and David Arriola, ICNC's Business Advisor.

Register here: https://industrialcouncil.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcudOGtpzktGdE2LQvwyXs2BVskIS3YgoD

Event Announcement for Small Business Owners:
Join Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) and
Illinois Small Business Development Center for an important webinar regarding SBA #Loan Programs tomorrow(7/9)! This class will be led by Arlene Martin of Huntington Bank and David Arriola, ICNC's Business Advisor.

Register here: https://industrialcouncil.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcudOGtpzktGdE2LQvwyXs2BVskIS3YgoD

Are you following the ChiBizHub Instagram?  Starting July 8th, we will be going LIVE with business resource providers ac...
07/06/2021

Are you following the ChiBizHub Instagram? Starting July 8th, we will be going LIVE with business resource providers across Chicago neighborhoods, starting with Allies for Community Business. See below for details and a full schedule!

Follow: instagram.com/chibizhub

Are you following the ChiBizHub Instagram? Starting July 8th, we will be going LIVE with business resource providers across Chicago neighborhoods, starting with Allies for Community Business. See below for details and a full schedule!

Follow: instagram.com/chibizhub

Chicago Business Owners:Do you need assistance for your small business? Call ChiBizHub's FREE business resource hotline ...
07/01/2021

Chicago Business Owners:

Do you need assistance for your small business? Call ChiBizHub's FREE business resource hotline any time to hear about the assistance available in your area and for free business advising!

Call 312-589-5777 and leave us a message!

Chicago Business Owners:

Do you need assistance for your small business? Call ChiBizHub's FREE business resource hotline any time to hear about the assistance available in your area and for free business advising!

Call 312-589-5777 and leave us a message!

Please share with your network of students looking for opportunities to grow their skillset!As we leave June and enter J...
07/01/2021

Please share with your network of students looking for opportunities to grow their skillset!

As we leave June and enter July, ChiBizHub is happy to announce educational programming for entrepreneurial students this summer.

Here are a few great events for entrepreneurial students this summer hosted by University of Illinois Chicago Polsky Center at the University of Chicago and ThinkChicago. These workshops, webinars, and programs are sure to be enriching and engaging! For a full calendar of events this summer and links to register, visit https://lnkd.in/eh2rDAK.

Apply Now: 9 Companies Hiring in Chicago
07/01/2021
Apply Now: 9 Companies Hiring in Chicago

Apply Now: 9 Companies Hiring in Chicago

In conversations with members of nine different companies around the city, Built In Chicago found that collaborative company cultures and a...

After the city passed an ordinance to lift the food cart ban in 2015, Nava and her husband, Luis Melendez, 70, joined a ...
06/29/2021
Chicago street vendors first banded together to rent commercial kitchen space — then they bought the building

After the city passed an ordinance to lift the food cart ban in 2015, Nava and her husband, Luis Melendez, 70, joined a group of street vendors who collectively rented a commercial kitchen in North Lawndale to prepare their food to meet the city requirements.

In 2019, she became the first tamalera to get a license approved thanks to that kitchen, according to the Street Vendors Association of Chicago. After an Illinois law recognizing worker cooperatives as business entities went into effect in January 2020, the vendors registered the Cocina as a Limited Worker Cooperative Association with eight of the vendors as associates. In March 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, they began the process of purchasing the building.

Chicago street vendors created a cooperative and pooled resources to buy commercial kitchen after a years-long battle to legalize their carts.

Announced in 2019, INVEST South/West’s goal is to boost blighted commercial corridors and propel economic development by...
06/29/2021
How It Works: When Mayors Use TIFs To Steer Investment Dollars

Announced in 2019, INVEST South/West’s goal is to boost blighted commercial corridors and propel economic development by asking community groups and developers to collaborate on project plans.

Halfway through her term, whatever long-term economic plans Lightfoot hoped to realize have been hampered as she grappled with navigating an unprecedented pandemic. Yet to be seen is whether INVEST South/West can live up to its promise and pioneer an investment strategy that drives dollars into the neighborhoods that need them the most.

Millennium Park, Lincoln Yards and INVEST South/West are three signature projects from Daley, Emanuel and Lightfoot. But what’s really going on?

It’s a long, six-thousand-square-foot former corner grocery, with an arched roof and big front windows facing the corner...
06/29/2021
Co-Op Owned by Formerly Incarcerated Women Embarks on Next Step, Thanks to Surprising Money Source

It’s a long, six-thousand-square-foot former corner grocery, with an arched roof and big front windows facing the corner of East 71st Street and MLK Drive, in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. ChiFresh Kitchen, a worker-owned commercial food services cooperative that launched just last May, bought it for $410,000 in December.

ChiFresh Kitchen was one of the first recipients of the Pre-Development Fund at Chicago Community Trust, the city’s community foundation, which provided funding and additional in-kind support to get the co-op through the pre-development phase for its new building. They’re on track to move in later this year.

It’s one of the oldest unwritten rules in the book. You need money to get money. A new initiative in Chicago is starting to get that money to projects like ChiFreshKitchen’s new HQ on the South Side.

Center for Creative Entrepreneurship launches Club Creative series��This is a monthly series as a part of Club Creative,...
06/28/2021

Center for Creative Entrepreneurship launches Club Creative series��This is a monthly series as a part of Club Creative, a programmatic initiative of the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship to provide resources through discussions, shared networks and helpful educational tools that can cultivate a stronger creative ecosystem.��First one will be focused on women in the music and media space.��Confirmed speakers:��Jessie Labelle - Account Supervisor at Someoddpilot Inc -- Music Supervision & Strategy.�Jazmin Garcia - Senior Business Resource Manager - World Business Chicago�Mary Landaverde - Founder & CEO / INDISTRY MEDIA, INC.��*Sounds and Refreshments provided

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/club-creative-tickets-161141545701?aff=odeimcmailchimp&mc_eid=7db5b34116&mc_cid=854016f66a

Center for Creative Entrepreneurship launches Club Creative series��This is a monthly series as a part of Club Creative, a programmatic initiative of the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship to provide resources through discussions, shared networks and helpful educational tools that can cultivate a stronger creative ecosystem.��First one will be focused on women in the music and media space.��Confirmed speakers:��Jessie Labelle - Account Supervisor at Someoddpilot Inc -- Music Supervision & Strategy.�Jazmin Garcia - Senior Business Resource Manager - World Business Chicago�Mary Landaverde - Founder & CEO / INDISTRY MEDIA, INC.��*Sounds and Refreshments provided

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/club-creative-tickets-161141545701?aff=odeimcmailchimp&mc_eid=7db5b34116&mc_cid=854016f66a

Hyde Park is hosting a #job fair in Harper Court this upcoming Tuesday the 29th! Check it out! #hiringnow #workforce cc:...
06/24/2021
Hyde Park Is Hiring With Job Fair Tuesday At Harper Court

Hyde Park is hosting a #job fair in Harper Court this upcoming Tuesday the 29th! Check it out! #hiringnow #workforce

cc: World Business Chicago

About two dozen local businesses need people for retail and restaurant positions.

Sundays on State dates announced
06/23/2021
Sundays on State dates announced

Sundays on State dates announced

Chicago Loop Alliance is announcing dates for Sundays on State, an ambitious open streets project that will see parts of State Street in the Loop closed to vehicle traffic on select Sundays this summer. Sundays on State is free and open to the public and will take place on State Street from Lake to....

06/23/2021
ChiBizHub & ICNC Presents: Re-Opening Guidelines with Special Guests from City of Chicago & State of IL

Re-Opening Guidelines for our small business community in the City of Chicago with representatives from Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection and Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Speakers:
Jazmin Garcia, Senior Business Resource Manager, World Business Chicago

Enrique Rubio, Center Director, IL SBDC, Industrial Council of the Nearwest Chicago

Diana Alfaro, Latino Business Development Manager, Office of Minority Economic Empowerment, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Andrew Fox, Director of Labor Standards, City of Chicago

Have you registered yet? Join us! We'll also be streaming live!!!
06/22/2021

Have you registered yet? Join us! We'll also be streaming live!!!

In keeping with our promise of meeting the small business owner where they are at the ChiBizHub team at World Business Chicago in partnership with the SBDC at the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) invite you to join us with our special guest(s) Andrew Fox, Director of Labor Standards, City of Chicago – Government and Diana Alfaro, Latino Business Development Manager, State of Illinois where they will share with us in detail more about Re-Opening Guidelines for our small businesses. This is a webinar you don't want to miss!

When? Next Wednesday, June 23rd at 10am (FB LIVE TOO)
RSVP here: https://lnkd.in/gBF-Mmj

You can find a series of our business education webinars here: https://lnkd.in/grKFvPX

#smallbusiness #ChicagoOpens #ChicagoSmallBusiness #Regulations #LaborStandards #WhatYouNeedToKnow

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Small businesses- get ready to get #Back2Business! Funded through #ARPA, B2B is Governor Pritzker’s latest COVID-19 economic recovery program, prioritized to support the hardest hit industries and communities. With a fast and easy application process, trackable in real-time, B2B grants of $5K-$150K can cover operational losses, staff and more to get you back to business in no time. Accepting applications August 18, 2021 Illinois.gov/dceo/B2B Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
August is #BlackBusinessMonth, and we sat down to hear Kevin Davenport speak about the plethora of resources for Black entrepreneurs at The Chicago Urban League Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Are you looking to start, scale, or grow your business? ChiBizHub is here to help! To access free resources, get free one-on-one business advising, download free business guides, and more, visit chibizhub.com. Watch our interview and learn more here: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/world-business-chicago_august-spotlight-chicago-urban-league-center-activity-6830930258590474240-QeAo
We can't wait to meet hundreds of small business owners and entrepreneurs on Thursday! ChiBizHub's team will be connecting 1:1 at the Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection Small Business E-Expo on July 22nd from 10am-4pm. Get your questions about small business growth and ownership answered, and hear about the local free resources to help you. For more information and to register, visit https//chismallbizexpo.com.
ChiBizHub is thrilled to help launch this initiative for #smallbusinessowners and #entrepreneurs in Chicago! Tiktok can be the next great tool to connect, grow, and scale your business by reaching new audiences for free! Excited for updates to come.
It is not too late to register! See you at 2112 Chicago with Center for Creative Entrepreneurship.
ChiBizHub introduced a new way to connect with business resource providers: We went LIVE! Today, we had the privilege of speaking to Brad McConnell of Allies for Community Business about their 3% loan program, community market with businesses from The Hatchery (Hub), and exciting upcoming grant opportunities! Allies for Community Business is a business resource provider in the East Garfield Park neighborhood serving businesses across Illinois and Indiana. To hear about the plethora of resources they provide, connect with leadership, and apply for a small business loan, watch ChiBizHub's Instagram Live. View our live video here: https://lnkd.in/eRUA3Ma and learn more at a4cb.org! #smallbusiness #community #business #networking #chicago #businessresources #chicagobusiness #loans #funding #opportunity #interview #entrepreneurs
36Squared Business Incubator provides services to entrepreneurs and is located in the McKinley Park neighborhood. This is exciting news for Chicago's small business ecosystem! https://chicago.suntimes.com/business/2021/7/4/22559658/southwest-side-small-business-incubator-36squared-federal-funding-expand-entrepreneur-services
Event Announcement for Small Business Owners: Join Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) and Illinois Small Business Development Center for an important webinar regarding SBA #Loan Programs tomorrow(7/9)! This class will be led by Arlene Martin of Huntington Bank and David Arriola, ICNC's Business Advisor. Register here: https://industrialcouncil.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcudOGtpzktGdE2LQvwyXs2BVskIS3YgoD
Are you following the ChiBizHub Instagram? Starting July 8th, we will be going LIVE with business resource providers across Chicago neighborhoods, starting with Allies for Community Business. See below for details and a full schedule! Follow: instagram.com/chibizhub
Chicago Business Owners: Do you need assistance for your small business? Call ChiBizHub's FREE business resource hotline any time to hear about the assistance available in your area and for free business advising! Call 312-589-5777 and leave us a message!