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BBB Chicago and N. Illinois welcomes Women’s Business Development Center to BBB Accreditation

The Better Business Bureau Serving Chicago and Northern Illinois is pleased to announce the Women’s Business Development Center as a newly accredited organization with the BBB. Steve Bernas, president and CEO of BBB of Chicago and Northern Illinois, says, “I’m excited to announce that we recently added this wonderful organization to our BBB family. The Women’s Business … Continued



Baxter

Baxter



Assistance for Businesses Impacted by Civil Unrest; IL 16493 Disaster Declaration

Assistance for Businesses Impacted by Civil Unrest; IL 16493 Disaster Declaration

There is a new disaster declaration related to the Civil Unrest occurring in Cook County and the surrounding counties from May 26-June 8. Businesses of all sizes and non-profit organizations can apply for low-interest disaster loans to cover uncompensated physical losses; small businesses and most non-profits can also apply for economic injury. Your business does … Continued



Abbot

Abbot



With Limited Access to Resources, Black-Owned Businesses Hit Especially Hard by Pandemic- By Francine Knowles

The number of active Black-owned businesses in the U.S. plummeted 41 percent during the early months of the pandemic from February to April, more than twice the 17 percent level of white owned businesses. That is according to research by Robert Fairlie from the University of California Santa Cruz that is based on government data. … Continued



Colette Buscemi

Colette Buscemi



Bill McNamara

Bill McNamara



Grant Management Intern

Grant Management Intern

The Grant Management Intern is responsible for supporting the Small Business Development Center COVID related programs and reporting. Through client service activities, program events and administrative support, the Intern will assist in delivering, implementing and reporting for the program. REPORTS TO: Director, Entrepreneurial Services RESPONSIBILITIES: Assist in the preparation of quarterly reports for the SBDC … Continued



Getting Ahead with Purpose- Chicago Booth Magazine

Getting Ahead with Purpose- Chicago Booth Magazine

Alumnae and students came together to discuss making an impact at Booth’s first International Women’s Day Conference. When executive leadership coach Stephanie Klein, ’91, walked on stage at the inaugural Booth International Women’s Day Conference on March 7, she had a mantra to share with the audience: “Attaching mindfulness to emotional intelligence means exponential power.” … Continued



Access to Capital Advisor (Contract Position)

Access to Capital Advisor (Contract Position)

The Access to Capital Program provides financing assistance, including direct lending, loan education, and loan packaging. The Advisor of the Access to Capital Program supports the day to day activities of the Access to Capital Program with an initial focus on working with small businesses during the COVID 19 crisis and aftermath activities. REPORTS TO: … Continued



Director, ScaleUp | Program Innovations Team

Director, ScaleUp | Program Innovations Team

The Women’s Business Development Center is seeking a Director of the ScaleUp program as part of its Program Innovations Team. This will be a community leader who will be responsible for supporting and accelerating small business resiliency during and post-COVID-19. This position will require strong organizational, relationship building and problem-solving abilities. Candidates should have an … Continued



Mayor Lightfoot Awards Grants To Nearly 1,000 Microbusinesses Impacted By COVID-19

Mayor Lightfoot Awards Grants To Nearly 1,000 Microbusinesses Impacted By COVID-19

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Mayor Lightfoot and Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) announced Thursday that $5,000 grants have been awarded to nearly 1,000 microbusinesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak through the $5 million Microbusiness Recovery Grant Program. According to the Mayor’s Office, through this program, 959 microbusinesses from across 36 low- and moderate-income community areas … Continued



Entrepreneurial Services Advisor (Contract Position)

Entrepreneurial Services Advisor (Contract Position)

The Entrepreneurial Services Advisor is responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Women’s Business Development Center. The position will provide direct client service to entrepreneurial and established business clients through advising and workshops. The programs and services offered provide relevant advising and training in all aspects of … Continued



City of Chicago Microbusiness Recovery Grant program

The City of Chicago recognizes that COVID-19 has put a difficult burden on our business and non-profit communities. While there are many loan opportunities available on the local, state and federal level, the City understands that not all businesses are able to take on debt during this challenging time. To learn more and apply, please … Continued



Government Contracting Bids Portal

Due to COVID-19 and effective immediately, Cook County is only accepting bids, proposals, and qualification packages electronically.  Click here to submit your bid, proposal, or qualification package electronically,   to complete the form, upload your documents, and click on submit button.  If you have any questions, please email Vendor.Requests@cookcountyil.gov Chicago Housing Authority Plumbing Services Event# … Continued



Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Aannounces Relief Efforts for Small Businesses and Independent Contractors

Cook County’s Bureau of Economic Development has launched The Community Recovery Fund as part of the Community Recovery Initiative. This loan fund offers one-time, zero-interest loans of up to $20,000 for small businesses and $10,000 for independent contractors in suburban Cook County. Loans will be administered by the Chicago Community Loan Fund and provided by … Continued



Research Analyst, Alumni Network (Contract Position)

Research Analyst, Alumni Network (Contract Position)



Associate Director, Access to Capital

Associate Director, Access to Capital



The Census Bureau is required by law to finish the 2020 Census by December 31, 2020

The Census Bureau (Bureau) is required by law to finish the 2020 Census and deliver the count of the population to the President by December 31, 2020. At the same time, the Bureau must address the risks presented by the global spread of COVID-19.  On March 18, the Bureau announced it would suspend field operations … Continued



CORONAVIRUS Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

CORONAVIRUS Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

Prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the  initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency. … Continued