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Chicago Indoor Dining Expands to 40% Capacity

Earlier this week, the City of Chicago announced that indoor service at bars, restaurants and event venues can increase to the lesser of 40 percent capacity or 50 people per room or floor.
This expansion of indoor service is possible due to Chicago recording fewer than 400 new COVID-19 cases per day, based on the seven-day rolling average, for each of the last three days. This means that all four metrics that Chicago is using to determine when and how to reopen have now moved into the “Moderate-Risk” level for at least three days, allowing for this expansion of indoor dining. 

The full Reopening Matrix can be found here.

The easing of additional regulations, including the expansion to 50 percent capacity, will be possible if Chicago maintains at least the “Moderate-Risk” level in all four categories for at least two weeks. You can track the City’s progress on the reopening metrics at, and updated COVID-19 regulations can be found at
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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.

Time to Apply for City Arts Grants

Applications are open for the 2021 CityArts Program, offering grants to nonprofit arts and culture organizations of all sizes. The application deadline is March 3, 2021 at 5:00pm CST.  This year’s program includes opportunities to apply for general operating grants, as well as project grants focused on rebuilding and recovery across all artistic disciplines. Project grants will support initiatives that have the potential to impact the Chicago arts sector at large. 
Learn more & apply

LGBT Chamber of Commerce Events

February 23, 5:30-7 pm: Celebration of Black Business Excellence 
Vince Williams returns as moderator, serving in his new role as President of the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council. Guest panelists include Rep. Lamont J. Robinson (Allstate Insurance), and Mary Morten (Morten Group). Both of these business owners bring more than 30 years of business experience. They will reflect on their personal identities and its impact on their business success, and will share insight that will assist others seeking success. Learn more here.  

February 25th, 1-2 pm: Downstate Resources for LGBTQ+ Business  Owners. The LGBTCC will discuss resources for LGBTQ+ and ally owned businesses throughout Illinois. Resources include: 
  • Illinois Small Business Development Center (Bradley University) Coaching and Workshops 
  • Small Business Administration Resources and Services
  • Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Small Business Direct Install Program (Grants!)
  • LGBT Business Enterprise Certification
  • LGBTQ+ Biz Bootcamp 

February 25th, 11am–12 pm: Protecting Your Business: H.R. and Insurance Compliance 
Owning a business is rewarding, but also comes with a number of risks to consider. Whether you are a freelancer, home based business, or employing over 100 employees, protecting your business should always be a priority. Join Liu Montsho, (360 HR Solutions) and Michael Plageman (Plageman Agency Inc, American Family Insurance) for a discussion of best practices to consider for your business. 

95th St. Business Assn. Meets Feb. 23

Save the date for our first 95th Street Business Association monthly meeting! The meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 8 a.m. via Zoom. All are welcome to join in the meeting by registering via Zoom below.
Register for 95th Street Business Assn. Meeting
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