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Small Business Grants in Illinois

Financial Growth Opportunities Running a business is hard and small business owners often do not have time to navigate grants, tax credits, and other funding opportunities. We are excited to help. While we cannot cover everything, we will do our best to keep you current on economic incentives that may be available for your business…

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Phil Gafka – Insights & Blogs

Phil has been a mentor with us for a minute now and he’s always willing to help where there is need. Perhaps you joined us last summer when he hosted our first ever Lunch-and-Learn on leadership, a quality he demonstrated well then. Phil’s also a writer, and he frequently updates his website with blogs he’s…

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Byline Bank – Insights

Byline Bank’s Insights We all need more “Insight” into what makes a business successful and how to get there. We are proud to highlight our partner, Byline Bank, and their professional insight into achieving financial success. Empowering Employees and Communities Through DEI: Five ways leaders can embolden DEI practices within their organizations Want to Make…

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Giving Tuesday

As we move into 2024, we would be honored to have you engaged with EMPOWER as one of our supporters. Thank you again for your unwavering support; we look forward to staying connected in the future! Insights Archive Insights Archive Select Month May 2024 April 2024 February 2024 January 2024 December 2023 November 2023 October…

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GRCC & SBAC Empower | Business Development Program

A New Program w/ The Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce Just this morning – as of writing – SBAC Empower, Andrea Reed of The Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce, and Chris Lautenslager of Get Looped LLC finalized our discussion on the future Mentoring and Business Building program coming to the GRCC in the Near Future!…

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Chicago Women’s Expo – Mentee Shelley Carrillo!

DONATE https://growthzonesitesprod.azureedge.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/1735/2023/10/Chicago-Womens-Expo-Beards-Bellas.mp4 After submitting Shelley and her business for the Ultimate Women’s Expo, which has been running strong for now 30 years in Illinois and other cities like Atlanta, Miami, New York to name a few, Shelley has been accepted and now one of the feature vendors! Out of hundreds of vendors, Shelley’s standout and…

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Empower Stats!

Empower has been working hard… instagram Over the past 6 months, our mentoring program has blossomed; we’ve been able to help so many Small Businesses! Since January 2023, we’ve seen a 31% increase in our outreach to those in need of help. As proud of we are as our growth, we’re even more proud of…

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Stats for Small Businesses

IL Small Businesses, Did you Know…. instagram Did you know that according to the Illinois Small Business Association, a bit over 98% of the businesses within Illinois are Small Businesses? That means statistically, you can probably name most of the larger IL businesses off the top of your head! So, if you approach a store…

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Governor Pritzker Signs HB 2296 into Law

Governor Pritzker Signs HB 2296 into Law! Small businesses have been crushed by the escalating costs of health insurance.  The SBAC championed legislation focused on reducing premiums for small businesses and increasing transparency so policymakers and the public can better understand what drives the costs of health insurance.  Governor Pritzker signed this legislation into law. …

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Reduce Recidivism and Grow the Workforce

Reduce Recidivism and Grow the Workforce HB 3418 FACT SHEET Read H.B. 3418 Labor shortage requires unconventional hiring… Expand JPMorgan says labor shortage requires unconventional hiring, including people with criminal records PUBLISHED THU, MAR 10 20224:53 PM EST How hiring individuals with criminal records can benefit workforce… Expand How hiring individuals with criminal records can…

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