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Welcome Our New BOD Member!

Welcome Sherry Jursa! We’re happy to welcome Sherry Jursa from PNC’s Business Banking wing to the Empower Board. Sherry holds an MBA from Northern Illinois University and a BA from North Central College in Political Science. With over 15 years’ experience in banking, Sherry is a proven professional who strives to provide excellence while meeting…

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Legislation to Support Local Chambers Passes

Legislation to Support Local Chambers Passes Many chambers of commerce were devastated by the pandemic.  However, this did not stop them from providing crucial support to local businesses. The SBAC is thrilled to report that Illinois politicians have provided 5 million dollars to support the recovery of chambers of commerce in Illinois.  The SBAC has…

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SBAC Empower’s 2023 Impact Report

Our Impact (Report) SBAC Empower had an incredible year in 2022.  We are proud to report our impact in the SBAC Empower 2023 Impact Report. This report is a detailed collection of data from 2019 – 2022 carefully articulated to show the impact we are making in communities throughout Chicagoland.  Check out some snippets below…

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Coalition Engagement Sparks New Chicago Zoning Guide

Coalition Engagement Sparks New Chicago Zoning Guide Navigating the zoning rules in Chicago just became easier.   The newly released Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Chicago Business Zoning Guide will help small businesses and property owners more easily navigate the zoning process in Chicago.  This was crucial as chambers of commerce…

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SBAC Mentoring Program

We are thrilled that one of our very own Mentees is the recipient of such an award! We are so proud of you Walter Mendenhall IV and wish you continued success!! #sbacempower #smallbuisness #sbacempowermentoring #MaleMogul And check out Walter’s Linked In Post: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6999124047074648064 Learn more about the SBAC Empower Mentoring Program by clicking here. Navigate…

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New SBAC Empower Educational Webinars

SBAC Empower strives to provide up to date resources to assist in your small business growth. We are proud to announce new Educational Webinars viewable at your leisure focused on helping small businesses open brick-and-mortar establishments in underserved communities. These webinars review programming that pertains to navigating the process of zoning, licensing, and leasing space…

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NRC Events This Week

NRC Events This Week https://growthzonesitesprod.azureedge.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/1735/2022/07/Event-summer-video-social-july-2022.mp4 We Are Coming to Your Neighborhood! The Neighborhood Revitalization Coalition will be at local events this week promoting our robust agenda to revitalize, empower, and connect Cook County business districts! Here is a link to our Calendar:  NRC Calendar | SBAC We will be attending the following events: Logan Square…

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NRC This Weekend: Hyde Park Farmers Market July 24th

NRC This Weekend: Hyde Park Farmers Market July 24th Come join us this Sunday! Come join the Neighborhood Revitalization Coalition this Sunday at the Hyde Park Farmers Market! We will be at the market promoting the NRC’s robust agenda and talking to the amazing community of Hyde Park.   Information for the event is below.…

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REVITALIZATION IN THE NEWS: Hyde Park Farmers Market Opens Sunday!

REVITALIZATION IN THE NEWS: Hyde Park Farmers Market Opens Sunday! The Hyde Park Farmers Market will return to the parking lot behind the Hyde Park Bank Building, 1525 E. 53rd St., this Sunday, June 5. The Hyde Park Farmers Market will return to the parking lot behind the Hyde Park Bank Building, 1525 E. 53rd…

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REVITALIZATION IN THE NEWS: 51st Corridor Development

REVITALIZATION IN THE NEWS: 51st Corridor Development Vacant land being transformed to a multi-purpose unit! A development duo on the South Side of Chicago is bringing more restaurants, retail and housing to 51st Street Corridor. This multi-purpose unit will be built on a vacant space. Developments such as this are perfect examples of what can…

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