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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.

SUPPORT NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS DISTRICTS BY REDUCING COMMERCIAL VACANCIES

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Words From Our Partners

For me, being a member of BSM and a part of this coalition, it hits everything that we’re searching for in our organization. Economic development is one of the key problems in our underserved communities. We all ride past blocks of vacant storefronts that could be useful in our communities if the right business was there.

 - Danielle Petty, Founder & CEO, L.T. Consultants, LLC, Secretary, BSM

 The fastest way to stop a bullet is a job, and so if we want these businesses to be in our communities and to hire our boys from the community, we have to make sure that they are able to be in our community. 

-Sydnie Monegan, Sgt At Arms, BSM

I’m from the community. I understand the issues. I’ve survived a lot of obstacles. I’m blessed to be a success story, and I owe to the community to give back and do whatever I can to make it better, so that’s why I wanted to be part of this.

-Michael Bempah, President, BSM

... I had lived in DC; I’ve lived in New York, and I’ve seen this shift of gentrification, aka urban renewal aka suburbanization, happen, and personally, I come from the West Side. I come from the West Side and I come from seeing it all, being a part of it, and the reality that the opportunities that exist are endless when we create them. 

-Shantae Edwards, VP, BSM

REVITALIZATION IN THE NEWS: 51st Corridor Development

By jake@sbacil.org | May 20, 2022

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 be done with the large number of…

Cook County Assessor Candidate Forum

By jake@sbacil.org | May 13, 2022

Join the SBAC and our partners on Thursday, June 9th for our Cook County Assessor Candidate Forum! We will be joined by Assessor Fritz Kaegi, Commissioner Kari Steele and Nico Tsatsoulis and explore their views on stability, fairness, equity and transparency as it pertains to the Cook County property tax system. We will also discuss…

SBAC Empower Presents: What to Ask Before Opening Your Doors

By patti@sbacil.org | May 5, 2022

What to Ask Before You Open Your Door SBAC Empower partners with Logan Square Chamber of Commerce to present a Q&A session on Zoning, Real Estate and Funding aimed at small business owners looking to open a new business in the city of Chicago. Click on the Video to open in YouTube and jump to…

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