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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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Back to Business Grants Action Call

By patti@sbacil.org | March 14, 2022

Illinois Policymakers Should Support Small Businesses The pandemic and COVID-19 mitigations began inflicting immense damage to small businesses in March 2020.  Thousands of small businesses initially applied for Illinois Business Interruption Grants.  While these grants helped some small businesses, approximately 80% of applicants were not awarded a grant. Illinois then received over $8 billion in…

Cutting Red Tape in Zoning: Neighborhood Revitalization Coalition

By jake@sbacil.org | March 1, 2022

How can we cut red tape for small businesses through zoning?  In the City of Chicago, every business license, location expansion and change of location application needs to be reviewed and approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals before a business license application can be processed. For a business owner to submit proper documentation, they…

Neighborhood Development and Investing with Community Investment Corp. & Woodlawn

By jake@sbacil.org | February 25, 2022

Please join the Woodlawn Chamber of Commerce and the Community Investment Corporation (CIC) via Zoom to discuss targeted investments and working with the organization. Hear about community investment ideas. Learn about the Woodlawn – specific lending program. Understanding steps to work with CIC.     Register here: https://www.ticketfalcon.com/e/cic/     SPONSORS Fifth Third Bank Saul…

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