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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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Michael Bempah speaks about Minority Contracting on WVON

By steve@sbacil.org | November 9, 2020

Michael Bempah, SBAC Board Member and owner of Pinpoint Precision Engineering, speaks with Perri Small on WVON about minority contracting.  The SBAC is pushing forward reforms to help minority contractors receive their fair share of government contracts.  These reforms are needed now! To listen to the interview, click HERE. To learn more about our efforts,…

A SAFE HAVEN

By patti@sbacil.org | February 2, 2020

OUR MISSION: ASPIRE, TRANSFORM AND SUSTAIN A Safe Haven Foundation is a 501(c)3 not for profit, social enterprise that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. A Safe Haven provides the tools for each individual to overcome the root causes of homelessness through a…

AZRA PRODUCTIONS

By patti@sbacil.org | February 2, 2020

Azra Productions is a premier international video production company. Founded in 2018, they have had the privilege of working with organizations both locally and internationally. Yelp, United Airlines, Ford Next Generation Learning, Colorado State University, Arms of Love International and Spotless Cleaning Chicago are just a few of the amazing partners we’ve been able to…

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