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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…

Our Annual SBAC Golf Outing is BACK!

By sara@sbacil.org | February 24, 2022

IT’S OFFICIAL! WE’RE GOING GOLFING! We are thrilled to announce that registration for the 13th Annual SBAC Golf Outing is NOW OPEN! The annual golf outing is a chance to relax and have fun with fellow SBAC members and guests! And it’s in-person! So invite your golf buddies and join us on Wednesday, June 29, 2022…

Legalization of Sandwich Signs to Help Local Businesses

By sara@sbacil.org | February 23, 2022

After persistent support from the SBAC to legalize sandwich signs, in June 2021, Chicago Alderman voted to adopt a new policy on sandwich signs, which will go into effect NEXT WEEK. On March 1, 2022, Chicago small businesses can officially use “A-frame” or sandwich signs on the sidewalk to drive foot traffic into their stores.…

REVITALIZATION IN THE NEWS: Two Locally Owned Grocery Stores Underway on West Side

By jake@sbacil.org | February 23, 2022

This comes after decades of disinvestment. After decades of disinvestment, two new grocery stores are being built on Chicago’s West Side – something residents have long awaited as other grocery store chains close up shop.   The SBAC and our robust collation of partners are committed to revitalizing, empowering, and connecting local business districts across…

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