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Small Business Grants for Minority Owned Businesses

It’s tough to run a small business. We know that funding is always top of mind at all times. In an effort to keep our small business owners informed of possible grants as they become available, we will begin to list some and their criteria for applying.  We encourage you to take advantage of those…

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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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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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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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*CLOSED* the Cook County Small Business Source Grow Grant Program!

*CLOSED* the Cook County Small Business Source Grow Grant Program! Apply for the Cook County Small Business Source Grow Grant Program! The SBAC advocates for the small business community in numerous ways, including by disseminating important information about programs that will support small businesses.  The Cook County Small Business Source Grow Grant program will provide grants to…

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August 17th, 2022 – Small Business Workshop – What to ask Before You Open Your Doors

August 17th, 2022 – Small Business Workshop – What to ask Before You Open Your Doors August 17th, 2022 SBAC Empower, Groupon + the Greater Englewood Chamber Of Commerce present an open Q&A session to answer your questions on starting a business. Opening a business and have a question on business usage, zoning, banking, etc?…

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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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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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