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04/01/2022

#Chicago home to #GospelMusic & Stellar Gospel Music Awards will enjoy the premiere of the 3rd Annual Stellar Music of Hope Easter Special on Sunday at 7 p.m. on WGN TV. This is certain to be a great evening of entertainment thanks to The Stellar Gospel Music Awards & Central City Productions.

02/11/2022

#Chicago let's see this iconic #foodhall receive national acclaim. Link to cast your vote, below.

Founders First CDC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers expansion in diverse founder-led, revenue...
01/12/2022
Non-Profit Founders First CDC Expands Program for Chicago Businesses | Chicago Defender

Founders First CDC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers expansion in diverse founder-led, revenue-generating businesses, recently announced an expanded Job Creators Quest Grant, which will award 30 grants for a total of $100,000, along with access to a business accelerator program, to support minority and underrepresented business owners in Chicagoland. The grants will be awarded to diverse-led Illinois-based companies, primarily in business-to-business sectors, with a current staff of two to 20 employees and the ability to add one-two net new premium wage jobs in the next 12 months. To be eligible, the company’s founder must be Black, indigenous, a person of color, LGBTQIA+, military veteran, woman, or located in a low to moderate-income area and be a for-profit company with annual revenues between $100,000 to $3 million. The grant application period remains open through February 4th. Read more below. #CommunityImpact

New Round of $100,000 Funding Coming to Minority Businesses In Illinois to Create Jobs in Underserved Communities.

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12/06/2021

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Queda cordialmente invitado al taller gratuito sobre Análisis de Datos que es organizado por la Cámara de Comercio de Albany Park y será presentado por Omar Hernandez, CEO y fundador de ONEBIT. En este webinar, Omar explicará la importancia de analizar los datos del sistema operativo de su restaurante o pequeño negocio y demostrará cómo puede usar estos datos para optimizar sus operaciones y crear más ganancias.

CUÁNDO: Lunes, 6 de diciembre a las 4 PM
DÓNDE: Vía Zoom
REGISTRO: Respondiendo a este email o por mensaje al 312-860-9294
BONO: Omar ofrecerá consultoría gratuita para los negocios que asistan!

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Join North River Commission and ONEBIT on a free workshop in Spanish to learn about DATA ANALYTICS for small businesses. In this webinar, Omar Hernandez, CEO and Founder of ONEBIT, will explain the importance of data analytics for your restaurant or retail business and will demonstrate how you can use your own data to improve your business operations.

WHEN: Monday, December 6 at 4 PM
WHERE: Via Zoom
RSVP: email to [email protected]
BONUS: Omar will offer free one-on-one consulting for your small business!

4PM TODAY the North River Commission & OneBit invite you to attend a FREE workshop in SPANISH for retail and restaurant ...
12/06/2021

4PM TODAY the North River Commission & OneBit invite you to attend a FREE workshop in SPANISH for retail and restaurant owners and operators to learn about DATA ANALYTICS. In this webinar, Omar Hernandez, CEO and Founder of ONEBIT, will explain the importance of data analytics for your restaurant or retail business and will demonstrate how you can use your own data to improve your business operations. #Chicago #smallbusiness

WHEN: Monday, December 6 at 4 PM
WHERE: Via Zoom
RSVP: email to [email protected]
BONUS: Omar will offer free one-on-one consulting for your small business!

Queda cordialmente invitado al taller gratuito sobre Análisis de Datos que es organizado por la Cámara de Comercio de Albany Park y será presentado por Omar Hernandez, CEO y fundador de ONEBIT. En este webinar, Omar explicará la importancia de analizar los datos del sistema operativo de su restaurante o pequeño negocio y demostrará cómo puede usar estos datos para optimizar sus operaciones y crear más ganancias.

CUÁNDO: Lunes, 6 de diciembre a las 4 PM
DÓNDE: Vía Zoom
REGISTRO: Respondiendo a este email o por mensaje al 312-860-9294

This morning Juan Calahorrano, Director of Operations, Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) spoke...
11/29/2021
¿Cómo puede beneficiar el plan de infraestructura de la administración Biden al estado de Illinois?

This morning Juan Calahorrano, Director of Operations, Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) spoke with Univision Chicago anchor alex_hernandez, Primera Hora, about
training programs and jobs that will result from the government's infrastructure bill. Link to the segment is below.

Juan Calahorrano, de la Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA), habla de los beneficios que trae para el estado el gigantesco plan de inversiones en infraestructura del presidente, el cual incluye la construcción y mejora de carreteras, puentes y obras públicas, entre otros es...

The city of #secondchances: #chicago.
11/17/2021

The city of #secondchances: #chicago.

I know all too well the incredible challenges people face when trying to rebuild their lives after exiting the criminal justice system.

For too many in our community, including my own brother, we have failed to create opportunities for them to have meaningful and productive lives post-incarceration. That failure has hurt communities and families throughout our city, particularly in Black and Brown neighborhoods. We’re working to change that.

In the Chicago Recovery Plan, we invested $10M in a 3-year reentry workforce program for training and wrap-around supports for residents to attain employment and stabilization, and $3M in community legal services like expungement and record sealing. There is still much work to be done, but these are steps in the right direction to build a truly Second Chance City.

For more: chi.gov/ReentryReport

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.

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

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

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!

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...

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#Chicago let's see this iconic #foodhall receive national acclaim. Link to cast your vote, below.
Founders First CDC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers expansion in diverse founder-led, revenue-generating businesses, recently announced an expanded Job Creators Quest Grant, which will award 30 grants for a total of $100,000, along with access to a business accelerator program, to support minority and underrepresented business owners in Chicagoland. The grants will be awarded to diverse-led Illinois-based companies, primarily in business-to-business sectors, with a current staff of two to 20 employees and the ability to add one-two net new premium wage jobs in the next 12 months. To be eligible, the company’s founder must be Black, indigenous, a person of color, LGBTQIA+, military veteran, woman, or located in a low to moderate-income area and be a for-profit company with annual revenues between $100,000 to $3 million. The grant application period remains open through February 4th. Read more below. #CommunityImpact
4PM TODAY the North River Commission & OneBit invite you to attend a FREE workshop in SPANISH for retail and restaurant owners and operators to learn about DATA ANALYTICS. In this webinar, Omar Hernandez, CEO and Founder of ONEBIT, will explain the importance of data analytics for your restaurant or retail business and will demonstrate how you can use your own data to improve your business operations. #Chicago #smallbusiness WHEN: Monday, December 6 at 4 PM WHERE: Via Zoom RSVP: email to [email protected] BONUS: Omar will offer free one-on-one consulting for your small business! Queda cordialmente invitado al taller gratuito sobre Análisis de Datos que es organizado por la Cámara de Comercio de Albany Park y será presentado por Omar Hernandez, CEO y fundador de ONEBIT. En este webinar, Omar explicará la importancia de analizar los datos del sistema operativo de su restaurante o pequeño negocio y demostrará cómo puede usar estos datos para optimizar sus operaciones y crear más ganancias. CUÁNDO: Lunes, 6 de diciembre a las 4 PM DÓNDE: Vía Zoom REGISTRO: Respondiendo a este email o por mensaje al 312-860-9294
This morning Juan Calahorrano, Director of Operations, Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) spoke with Univision Chicago anchor alex_hernandez, Primera Hora, about training programs and jobs that will result from the government's infrastructure bill. Link to the segment is below.
The city of #secondchances: #chicago.
BIG news #Chicago! Condé Nast Traveler readers have voted Chicago the #1 Best Big City in the U.S. for an unprecedented five consecutive years!
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