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Revitalize Local Businesses and Neighborhoods

Thriving commercial corridors support local communities across Chicago and Cook County.  Prior to the pandemic, however, many corridors struggled.  As Chicago emerges from the pandemic and local communities confront a new economic landscape, a strong coalition of stakeholders is needed to advocate for policies and initiatives which will revitalize, empower and connect commercial corridors and neighborhoods.

  • Advocacy Initiatives:
    • Reduce Commercial Vacancies:  We are advocating for an ordinance that will reduce commercial vacancies in struggling Cook County commercial corridors.  One line and the ordinance
    • Encourage Local Investment: We are researching and formulating policies that will encourage local investment in local businesses and neighborhoods
    • Reduce Red Tape:  We are formulating policies to reduce red tape which impacts small businesses in struggling commercial corridors

Check out the full Neighborhood Revitalization Coalition (NRC) website here.

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REVITALIZATION IN THE NEWS: Illinois Announces $8.4 Million in Small Business Grants

By jake@sbacil.org | January 11, 2022

“A strong pandemic economic recovery includes recognizing that some communities have long been denied their fair share of resources,” said Governor JB Pritzker. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has announced on Monday, January 10th that $8.4 million in new additional grants will be available to small businesses and commercial corridors. This is…

Daily Herald Business Ledger Articles with SBAC President Elliot Richardson

By sara@sbacil.org | January 10, 2022

Check out all of SBAC President Elliot Richardson’s Daily Herald Business Ledger articles below 2022 2021 2020 2022 January 9, 2022 Will politicians answer the call of the small business community? 2021 December 16, 2021 Politicians must focus on reducing property taxes in 2022 November 8, 2021 Policymakers should adopt an economic strategy focused on…

The RISE Grant Program

By mrevis@sbacil.org | January 9, 2022

The RISE Grant Program As we approach year 3 of the pandemic, small businesses across Illinois still are facing hardship on a myriad of fronts. From learning to operate in the post-pandemic environment of evolving health mandates, and learning how to best serve an undiscovered niche of customers, one thing is abundantly clear – small…

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