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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

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. 

Humboldt Park Portal - a Resource for Businesses, Residents, Non-Profits

The Humboldt Park Portal is a business, civic, arts and community website where residents and others can learn about the Humboldt Park neighborhood, plug into local resources and share the Humboldt Park experience. Created by a coalition of local nonprofits, community organizations and nonprofits, the Portal is one of many digital tools we are building to create a stronger community.

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.

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.

Technology Resources for Business

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

Technology Assistance for Humboldt Park Businesses Available

Does your business need a “technology check-up”?
Are you confused about hardware and software options?  
Do you want a website but not sure where to start?
The Smart Communities Program strives to provide greater access to technology tools, training and resources for business owners and residents in Humboldt Park.

Get listed on the Humboldt Park Portal website

The Humboldt Park Portal is a new business, civic, arts and community website where residents and others can learn about the neighborhood, plug into local resources and share the Humboldt Park experience. Created by a coalition of local nonprofits, community organizations and nonprofits, the Portal is one of many digital tools we are building to create a stronger community.

West Humboldt Park grows small businesses

Plenty of empty lots line the streets of West Humboldt Park. But the one at 3836 W. Chicago Ave. is special.

It sits next to the cinder-block home of Thermal Electric, Inc., an eight-year-old electrical, heating and cooling company that employs nine technicians and handles commercial and residential jobs in the city and suburbs.  Read more...