Chicago Reopening and other Business Resources

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Over 50% of the business licenses in Greater Chatham (Chatham, Auburn-Gresham, Avalon Park and Greater Grand Crossing) and South Shore communities are held by Food and Beverage businesses.

Support your open local restaurants for pick-up & delivery List of RESTAURANTS

IRA webinar 30 Restaurant Marketing Ideas in 30 Minutes Webinar HERE

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Application deadline September 24th

With Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, you will gain practical business skills to help you take your business to the next level. In professional workshops, you will learn from some of the brightest minds in business, learn about access to financial capital, and build a powerful network of professional support.

Information and application HERE

To learn more contact:  Kristina M. Wynne at email

Plosky Small Business Growth Program Deadline Sept 11th, 10am

The Polsky Small Business Growth Program supports small businesses owners to help them grow and scale their businesses to the next level of success. With funding from JPMorgan Chase, and in partnership with the Office of Civic Engagement, this program is part of the nationwide Ascend 2020 program

The application for the Fall 2020 program deadline September 11th, 10am.  Apply now.

For questions, please contact Isra Omar at COVID Resource Library

Reopening Chicago – Indoor & Patio Dining

Cocktails To-Go Establishments with a Tavern or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license can now sell pre-mixed cocktails to-go via carryout or delivery. As a reminder, the sale of alcohol to-go via delivery or carryout should end at 9:00 pm each evening. The sale of alcohol for on-site consumption should end at 11:00 pm.

Need cash fast for your business? Kabbage online no fee digital gift certificates

Customers can purchase a gift certificate, business gets the cash right away, customer uses it sometime in the future. Easy to set up on the Kabbage platform. Business gets all the certificate value ($15-$500) less credit card fees, paid in days. Kabbage Help Small Business

July 1st Chicago Minimum Wage increases