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What Are We Doing?

TOGETHER, the Small Business Advocacy Council, Allies for Community Business (A4CB), WeRise Chicago, and 10 Chicago neighborhoods will join in an effort to send resources to the underfunded and underrepresented communities in the city.

This project will recruit local businesses with an interest in transitioning to physical spaces in the communities supported by We Rise Together, connect them with vacant commercial property owners, and provide them with coaching and mentorship services to support their transition into physical spaces. The program will also provide funding opportunities to participating businesses.

Together, we rise.

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The Plan

This project will support the neighborhoods served by We Rise Together by presenting local businesses without physical space with opportunities to secure a brick-and-mortar establishment, connecting those businesses with property owners, providing coaching and mentorship to those businesses, and providing eligible businesses with up to $250,000.00 worth of capital ($12,500.00 per business) to support their transition to physical space. Ten sub-grants in the sum of $2,500.00 will be provided to local chambers and place-based organizations to disseminate information about this project and host workshops focused on leasing space and navigating various processes.
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