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‘The Bucks Stay Here’ Isn’t Going Anywhere

Our universal local gift card is perfect for shopping locally during the pandemic. It’s a contactless way for buyers to purchase and deliver a gift card, and it supports more than 50 local businesses in Beverly, Morgan Park, and Mount Greenwood. We launched the e-gift card last Christmas, and it’s still going strong in 2021. If you haven’t signed up as a participating business, now is the perfect time to join. It’s free to participate, easy to sign up, and painless to process transactions from customers. 
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Coloring Contest Spreads Love on 95th Street

The 95th Street Beverly Hills Business Association is sponsoring a Valentine’s Day coloring contest now through February 12 at 5pm, with prizes for the most creative artworks. Children up to age 14 can participate by downloading a coloring sheet, making it their own, and then submitting it to one of four drop-off locations on 95th Street. The project is a collaboration between the business association and the Beverly Area Arts Alliance.
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Vaccine Information Updates from the City

The Chicago Department of Public Health is working hard to roll out the vaccine. The current phase is 1B, which means residents who are 65 or older are eligible for vaccination, as well as specific groups of high-risk and front-line essential workers. 

Get the latest vaccination data, updates, and information on making a vaccination appointment at the CDPH website.
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New $10K Grants for Businesses—Are You Eligible?

Comcast has created a $5 million fund to provide grants to hundreds of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned small businesses nationwide, including in the City of Chicago. The Comcast RISE Investment Fund will open applications March 1–14 for $10,000 grants to small businesses that have been operating for three or more years with one to 25 employees.

Studies show that BIPOC-owned small businesses have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. This grant opportunity offers relief and a reinvestment in urban areas that have suffered a sharp decline in local commerce spending over the past year.
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WBEZ’s Curious City Wants to Hear from You 

In response to a story produced last week, Skip Delivery Apps — And Other Tips For Supporting Local Businesses, WBEZ's Curious City, a podcast and engagement program, is asking small business owners in Chicago to share any surprising collaborations, relationships, or new practices they’ve developed in response to the pandemic.
 
Specifically, is there anything small business owners have tried while adapting to the pandemic that actually works better than before? Any collaborations or new practices business owners have discovered that they’re hoping to hold onto—even after the pandemic is over?
 
If you are interested in sharing your experience, please complete the form below, and you may be featured in an upcoming episode of our show.
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“Opening Doors” Feb 16 Event Focuses on Racial Equity & Justice

Our partner, ChiBizHub, hosts Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors), a series of virtual events featuring networking. In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, on February 16th at 8:30am, the event will feature guests known for their commitment to equity and racial justice. 
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Get Instagram Savvy at Feb. 23 Workshop

Join local entrepreneur + social media maven Maggie O'Reilly and BAPA in partnership with Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association and 95th Street Business Association for a FREE Instagram Workshop!

This is the second installment in our Instagram series and we dive a little deeper into the platform.

Do you know how to navigate Instagram but struggle with creating content? Do you want some tips and tricks on how to take better photos? Are reels and guides confusing you? Join us on Tuesday, February 23rd at 9 am!
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New Police Cameras Installed in 19th Ward

Chicago Police Department and Alderman Matt O’Shea recently announced the placement of more than a dozen public safety cameras and license plate readers on main streets in the communities of Beverly, Morgan Park, and Mount Greenwood. Locations have been designated by the Chicago Police Department and installation is being funded by the aldermanic menu program. Investments in technology like this one will help our law enforcement partners and keep our community safe.   
 
Two of these cameras were installed last week and are currently feeding video to the 22nd District’s Strategic Decision Support Center — a technology hub staffed by officers. Officers armed with high quality video are more likely to make an arrest when a crime occurs.
 
Last year, following the senseless and tragic murder of retired CFD Lt. Dwain Williams at 118th & Western Ave., video footage shared by a business owner was instrumental in identifying and arresting the four individuals responsible.  
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