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Hello, all!

We hope you and your loved ones are well and that your week is off to a good start.

As we prepare to welcome the community back into our businesses, it is critical that we demonstrate extra care for our employees, customers, and each other. Social distancing, masks, gloves, and protective barriers at cashier counters along with frequent cleansing of high touch areas are important tools to ensure that we maintain a healthy environment. 

In coming weeks, our newsletter will offer tips and tools to support area businesses as we move into the recovery phase of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Everything’s Relative Salon Owner Featured on WBBM

Joan Rowan, the owner of Everything’s Relative salon, talked with WBBM-NewsRadio last week about the upgrades she’s made to prepare for reopening her business in June. Congratulations to Joan on her vision and execution to make her business safe for clients and employees alike.
Watch segment

What’s Your Resiliency Story? 

Covid-19 suddenly changed how we conduct business. As we prepare to reopen area businesses, there are numerous considerations that must be addressed to ensure we are protecting our employees and customers. 

The 95th St. Business Association is excited to support you as we highlight the wonderful stories of resilience, creativity, and community that we have seen and heard during this dramatic shift in how we do business. 

We invite you to write and send us a 150-200 word “Resiliency” story about the creative approaches you are taking to welcome back our community. Your story can answer any of these questions:
  • What do you want the world to know about your business? 
  • How will you market your business reopening? 
  • Are you changing from sit-down to curbside pick-up? 
  • Are you making changes to your layout? 
  • Are you activating a more robust online presence? 
  • What PPE requirements have you put in place? 
  • How can the community support you?
Your story may be featured in our digital communications (e-news, website, and social media channels). It also could be selected for a business profile on the City of Chicago Business Affairs and Consumer Protection website.
Submit your story today

Zoom with 19th Ward Small Businesses & Local Officials May 21

Joining us for this small business panel discussion will be Commissioner Rosa Escareno of the Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection, Senator Bill Cunningham and representatives from Congressman Dan Lipinski’s Office, and the United States Small Business Administration. This meeting is co-sponsored by the 95th Street Business Association, the Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association, and the Mount Greenwood Community & Business Association.
Register now

Mayor Lightfoot Unveils “Protecting Chicago”

On May 8, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the “Protecting Chicago” framework that the City will be using to guide Chicago’s reopening process amid COVID-19. The framework – organized into five phases in alignment with the State of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan – will advise Chicagoans on how to safely exit from shelter-in-place while continuing to prioritize the health of our most vulnerable residents.
Learn more

Verizon-LISC Small Business Recovery Grant

Round Three applications are now being accepted now through Wednesday, May 20, at midnight for this grant program that supports small businesses. Applicants may apply for one business only and must be 18 years of age to apply. For business owners with multiple businesses, please complete this application based on your largest business owned. Each grant is limited to one individual/business.

Awards will be made to qualified businesses, and eligibility is based on accurate and complete submission. Priority will be given especially to entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who do not have access to flexible, affordable capital.

All awardees will have to certify that they are promoting the best interests of the community and are negatively impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

Non-profit organizations are ineligible for this particular pool of relief funding. Be sure to check LISC’s Covid-19 Resource Page for the latest resources available to nonprofit organizations and individuals. 
Apply now

History/Mystery News from BAPA

BAPA is excited to announce the reboot of the History/Mystery Bike Tour! The event will be a family-focused adventure that explores different sections of the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood, one summer month at a time. 

Businesses are invited to donate a prize in exchange for a spot on the map (printed in the Villager) as well as countless marketing opportunities throughout the month that is featuring their section of Beverly/Morgan Park. The event kicks off in June with West Beverly (99th - 115th, Western–Artesian).

The following description will be shared with residents:
A Beverly favorite is back with even more opportunities to win and fun for the whole family. The Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) is excited to announce the return of the History/Mystery Bike Adventure. This monthly contest will run throughout the summer and challenge residents to explore our community as they solve clues and compete for prizes. Each month the History/Mystery Bike Adventure will be included in The Villager and take challengers to a different part of the Beverly/Morgan Park community to solve a puzzle. All residents are encouraged to submit their answers to BAPA via email by the final Sunday of that month. Winners will be picked from correct entries and eligible for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. Prizes will include gift cards and various items from businesses in that month’s “challenge area”.   

Upcoming Webinars from the City of Chicago 

The city’s Business Affairs and Consumer Protection is offering several upcoming webinars for entrepreneurs and managers. You’re also invited to view past webinars via their online portal, too. 
Learn more
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