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Chandeliers Boutique - Business Profile

Chandeliers - A little bit of Michigan Avenue right on Chicago Avenue.

You might miss this little retail store underneath the Sportswear & Shoes sign at 3703 W Chicago Avenue if you don’t look closely. Sandwiched between Franklin’s Beauty Shop and a soon to open store on the east - Mary Washington’s Chandeliers Boutique’s objective is to bring a little bit of North Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile to Chicago Avenue. 

Vote! Who has the better Jive Turkey Burger?

There is a friendly competition brewing between two of our favorite restaurants on the Chicago Avenue corridor:

 Bro-N-Laws Bar-B-Q and Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

10,000 Small Businesses has assisted over 100 local businesses and are looking for more! The fifth cohort of business owners will begin their completely free courses and individual advising on May 3, with the next group beginning in late summer/early fall. The program is always looking for qualified business owners to apply, and will work with applicants at any time to determine if the program is right for them.

Can a restaurant transform a neighborhood?

Not long after Chet Jackson arrived in West Humboldt Park in 2011, he thought he'd found a way to get the drug dealers off the corners. He'd open a restaurant.

Jackson had just been hired away from Kansas City as the new executive director of the nonprofit West Humboldt Park Community Development Council, and he learned several things about his new neighborhood right away. "Although it's an urban community, it's very southern," he says. "There are a lot of people who've been here 30 or 40 years. They're people who've known each other forever and a day. I walk down the street and people say, 'Good morning!' It's the country in the city."

But it was also impossible to overlook what had gone wrong.

Business News from Chicago Dept of Business Affairs

Sidewalk Cafe Season 
Begins on March 1

Informational Workshop Set for Wednesday


The City of Chicago sidewalk café season begins March 1. Sidewalk Café Permits have a nine-month term and must be applied for and issued every year. Businesses with a valid Retail Food Establishment License may apply for a permit to serve food outside their restaurant on city sidewalks.


Free Business Training Program for Business Owners Planned for May 2013

Grow Your Business Training Program Planned for May 2013

As a business owner would you like to:

Learn to think more entrepreneurially?

Learn how to better manage your business?

Better understand how to utilize the internet and e-commerce?

Develop a business plan and strategically plan for the future?

The Grow Your Business training program will provide you with over 80 hours of instruction specifically designed to improve your bottom line.  The goal of this training program is to dramatically increase your operating efficiency and take advantage of growth opportunities. 

City of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection News

BACP continues to offer free workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall in Room 805. They are open to the public, and cover a variety of topics. If you are looking to start or grow your business, do not miss this great resource.  

Take Advantage of Free City Business Workshops

Did you know that the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs offers a regular set of business workshops free of charge?

First Eagle Bank Makes Renovating Your Business Even Easier

The Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) program uses local Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues to help owners of commercial and industrial properties and/or tenants within specific TIF districts to repair or remodel their facilities. Program participants can receive reimbursement grants to cover 25%, 50%, or 75% of the cost of remodeling work, with a maximum grant amount of $150,000. The grant does not have to be repaid.

SBIF Success!

Chicago Avenue HVAC/Electical business uses SBIF grant to expand

There is one less vacant lot along Chicago Avenue in West Humboldt Park.  The formally vacant City-owned lot at 3836 W Chicago Avenue has undergone a transformation.

Thermal Electric, Inc, a ten-year old HVAC and electrical company at 3838 W Chicago Ave, acquired the lot and expanded their operations.  This stretch of Chicago Avenue has not seen much in the way of new construction recently.  A new Chicago Avenue streetscape was completed in 2011 but few commercial property owners have invested in their properties. That is, until now…

Four Business Owners Receive New Dell Desktop Computers through Smart Communities Program

Four Humboldt Park business owners received a free Dell Optiplex desktop computer as an earned incentive for participating in the Smart Communities Program.  The Smart Communities Business Resource Network works with business owners in Humboldt Park and helps them become more tech savvy  to improve their business, reduce costs, and bring in more customers.  The following businesses received the desktop computers:

Humboldt Park business workshops in March & April

The Smart Communities program works to increase digital access and use by families, businesses and other institutions in five moderate- and low-income Chicago neighborhoods including Humboldt Park. For businesses in Humboldt Park a Business Resource Network was created to assist businesses in adopting technology tools to improve their profitability. 

Smart Communities Program Builds Smart Businesses

The Smart Communities program works to increase digital access and use by families, businesses and other institutions in five moderate- and low-income Chicago neighborhoods including Humboldt Park. 

Social Networking for Restaurants Workshop Sept 27

Restaurant Owners! Learn the latest tools and techniques to utilize social media (Twitter, FaceBook, Yelp, etc) to market your restaurant and bring in new customers. 

Chicago Avenue Stakeholders Meeting a Success

Over 40 business owners and commercial property owners attended the Chicago Avenue Stakeholders Meeting Thursday, August 11 at Sanctuary Place.

Business workshops In Humboldt Park!

We have brought business workshops to Humboldt Park. These FREE business workshops will help you reduce your costs, bring in more customers, and increase your revenue.  Check out the Workshop listing and reserve your spot today.

Technology resources for Business Owners!

Your success in business today depends on your ability stay current with technology.  Business owners must be able to manage and implement effective technology solutions. New technologies give you a competitive market advantage that delivers bottom-line results.

64 FaceBook Content Tips for Business Owners

Check out this great e-book which provides 64 great FaceBook content tips for business owners.

June Business Workshops

Did you know that the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs offers a regular set of business workshops free of charge?  Check out the following June Schedule for workshops that can help you with your business.

Business Owners: Get more customers and reduce costs using Free Technology Workshops.

Technology is changing the way we shop, the way we do business, the way we work, and the way the world works.  I ran across a fascinating CNBC documentary on Google and technology called “Inside the Mind of Google”.  Take a few minutes to look at this video. 

2011 Eileen Fisher Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs

2011 Eileen Fisher Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs

Eileen Fisher Inc will award up to 5 grants of $12,500 to the winners of the 2011 Women's Entrepreneur Grant Program. Your business must be innovative, 100% women owned and produce products that foster environmental and economical health in the community.

Healthy Corner Stores on Chicago Avenue?

Healthy Corner Stores project moves forward!

Does the idea of corner stores along Chicago Avenue selling fresh produce, and healthy snacks such as yogurt, nuts, dried fruit and energy bars sound like wishful thinking?  How about smoothies and fresh fruit juices?  Are you tired of the poor food choices, a heavy emphasis on high-fat junk foods and poor store appearance and cleanliness?  The Corner Stores Campaign is a neighborhood and community based effort to engage with store owners and through persuasion and incentives help stores offer healthier foods in a healthier environment.

March Business Workshops

Did you know that the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs offers a regular set of business workshops free of charge?

Humboldt Park Businesses Can Take Advantage of Free & Low-cost Technology Assistance

Connecting your business with tools to increase your profits.   Does your business need a "technology check-up"?  Confused about hardware & software options? Do you want a website but unsure where to start?  If you are busy running your business we can help you get the technology tools your business needs to be more efficient and profitable.

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