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Your Membership Matters

Joining the 95th Street Business Association is an investment that pays off throughout the year. Our membership drive is underway. For just $50, you will receive support in the following areas: 
  • marketing
  • publicity
  • advocacy
  • education
  • networking
  • referrals
  • technical assistance
  • maintenance
  • troubleshooting
  • economic development
Learn more & join

PPP Workshop Info/First American Bank

We’re pleased to offer a virtual business workshop for members who are interested in learning more about the PPP and other funding opportunities for businesses affected by the global pandemic. You’re welcome to attend this presentation on Tuesday, March 9, at 8:30 am. 
Attend virtual workshop

Adding E-Commerce is a Great Business Pivot

Are you thinking about taking your business online?  Are you already selling online and want to learn more about how to do it better? The Illinois SBDC at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Shopify on a virtual program called ‘Pivoting During the Pandemic’. 
The free four-part series will teach small businesses how to get online, drive traffic and turn browsers into buyers. With Shopify experts hosting LIVE, participants will be able to ask questions, learn strategies about online selling, and hear from merchants who have been successful in growing their businesses online.
Part 1 - March 4th | 11:30am
Offline to Online
Part 2 - March 11th | 11:30am
Driving Traffic
Part 3 - March 18th | 11:30am
Browsers to Buyers
Part 4 - March 25th | 11:30am
Futureproofing w/ Shopify
Learn more & register

Instagram Workshop Offers Strategy Tips for Businesses 

Thank you to Maggie O’Reilly of MAYTA Collection for presenting the Instagram 2.0 workshop on Feb. 23. A recording of the presentation is available here.
View recording

Juneteenth Planning Starts Now!

Are you interested in participating in a Juneteenth Event? The MPBHBA and 95th Street Business Association, together with the Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative and Beverly Area Planning Association, are organizing an event celebrating black-owned businesses on Saturday, June 19, 2021. 

Please let us know if you are interested in participating by completing the form below.  We will contact you soon with additional information.
Include me in Juneteenth event

100 BIPOC-owned Businesses to Get $10K Each—Could You Be One of Them?

Announcing a grant initiative for BIPOC-owned business in Chicago And Cook County! Through a competitive process, $1 million in grants will be awarded from the Comcast RISE Investment Fund to support BIPOC  businesses impacted by the pandemic.   

Comcast RISE is part of a larger $100 million Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative that Comcast launched last summer. In Phase I, which was open to black-owned businesses and ended right before the 2020 holidays, we awarded 50+ companies in the region an array of services, from technology makeovers to media consultations.  Phase II, which closed earlier this month, was the same but was expanded to all small BIPOC-owned businesses.

Businesses can visit to learn more about the program or to apply. One hundred grants of $10,000 each will be awarded locally. The program is open to BIPOC-owned businesses in the county with 25 or fewer employees that have been in operation for three or more years.  The application is open from March 1-14.  Grant recipients will be announced in April. 

For more information, read a press release here and a Chicago Tribune article here.

Get New Fire Sprinklers & a Tax Writeoff, Too

New federal tax incentives allow businesses to fully expense the cost of installing or upgrading fire sprinklers in their buildings.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 allows incentives to businesses of any size that retrofit fire sprinklers in their properties through temporary 100 percent expensing. Building owners can immediately deduct the full cost for systems installed or upgraded in existing commercial structures from Sept. 27, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2022. After 2022, the incentive phases out by 20 percent each year. 

Small Business Section 179 allows small businesses to immediately recover the upfront cost of retrofitting fire sprinklers in their buildings by writing off the full cost as an expense up to $1.04 million. This incentive is permanent and does not phase out.

For more information, visit the NIFSAB online or call 708-403-4468.

Is the IL Treasurer Holding Your Money?

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs and the 19th Ward want local business owners to know that the state might have "missing money" or unclaimed property for you!
How much money? More than $3.5 billion. See if your name is among the thousands who have missing money by clicking here. Search your name, a relative’s name, the name of a business, or the name of a non-profit.
Why might the treasurer have your money? Sometimes, a letter or check is mailed to the wrong address. Examples of unclaimed property include unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts, and unused rebate cards. The state treasurer is legally required to return the property to the rightful owner no matter how long it takes.
An estimated one-in-four people in Illinois have unclaimed property. Because unclaimed property is surrendered to the treasurer’s office twice each year, you should check the database twice each year; for example, on your birthday and six months later.
Go to and Click On I-Cash. Good luck!
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