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To our 19th Ward Business Owners,

We will continue to provide you with an update as we receive information from the city regarding support for our small business owners. As you know, we participate in a weekly conference call with the leaders of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection and the mayor’s chief of staff. This week’s call took place late Monday afternoon. Here are the highlights:
  • The mayor’s office is working with Business Affairs & Consumer Protection on the Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund. The parameters of the program are available for you below. Please note that the city is finalizing the application for the program. They hope to have the application available by March 31, 2020. Their goal is to streamline the application process as much as possible which is why they are taking time to construct the application. We will forward it to you and let you know as soon as it is available. 
  • The mayor’s office reminds all business owners that effective 5 p.m. on March 21, 2020, all businesses deemed as non-essential must close until instructed otherwise. We ask for your cooperation with this order. It is also attached in case you have any questions.
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  • The mayor’s office is also working closely with the leaders in the Chicago Police Department to make sure that extra attention is being given to our commercial corridors throughout the city. They are reminding all business owners to secure your premises, remove cash from the cash registers, etc. If you have an alarm system, please make sure it is operating.

What are Your Local Business Associations Doing?

The three business associations in our ward—the 95th Street Beverly Hills Business Association, the Mt. Greenwood Community and Business Association, and the Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association—are working closely with the Beverly Area Planning Association and Alderman O’Shea’s office to support you during these challenging days. We are using our social media platforms to share information about what you are doing right now. If you are an essential business and are offering specials, reduced hours, etc., please be sure to let your local business association contact know so that we can help push that information out. As a reminder, here are the business association contacts: We are also running full-page ads with information for residents on ways that they can continue to support our small business community during this crisis. These ads will run in the 3/25/20 edition of the Beverly Review and in the April issue of the Villager. We are trying to continually remind our residents to channel their dollars locally.

We are in constant communication with our counterparts across the city as we work collectively to support Chicago’s Small Business Community. 

Promotional Opportunity from S&T Provisions

We also wanted to share a raffle promotion that S&T Provisions in Mt. Greenwood is putting together with other small businesses to help encourage our 19th Ward residents to support shopping local. 
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Upcoming National Webinar for Business Owners

COVID-19 Resources and Updates for Small Business
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Session 1: 3:00 PM (ET) / 2:00 PM (CT) / 12:00 PM (PT)
Session 2: 4:30 PM (ET) / 3:30 PM (CT) / 1:30 PM (PT)

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Join Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and Small Business Majority for the most immediate information and resources at the city, state, and national levels. 

Virtual Meeting for Local Business Owners

Local business owners are invited to a Virtual Meeting hosted by the MPBHBA and local entrepreneur Mark Fechner to share ideas for doing business amid the COVID-19 outbreak; get information about governmental resources; and begin planning for after the crisis. The online meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 1, at 9:00 am and is exclusively for local businesses owners and managers in the 19th Ward. Participants are encouraged to attend via a computer or a smart phone with an internet connection, but you can also join in by phone.
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Please know that we are here for you if you have questions, need clarification on the documents from the city, etc. We will continue to share information with you as it becomes available. 
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