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Celebrate Valentine's Day at De'Noche
St. Catrick's Day Party Fundraiser for Harmony House For Cats
Sunday, March 13th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Celebrate with us at Revolution Brewing. Your ticket includes 5 delicious beers brewed on-site, soda, and 3 appetizers. Raffle drawing is at 7:30 pm.
Payment must be received online or in person at the shelter by 3:00 pm on Friday, March 11th, to qualify for the $30 Early Bird price. Guests can pay at the door for $35.00, and must be 21 years or older to attend. Sorry, your pet cannot attend this event.
4th Annual Chicago Volunteer Expo
Sunday, February 28th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
There are so many ways to give back to your community in 2016. Find the one that’s right for you at the 4th Annual Chicago Volunteer Expo!
Expo admission is free. RSVP now to receive updates, reminders and a free Chicago Volunteer Expo tote bag!
Boulevard Vet Reminds Pet Companions of Pet Dental Health Month
Boulevard Vet Clinic
February is Pet Dental Health Month! Here at Boulevard Vet, we do a thorough oral examination at every visit to check for tartar buildup, gingivitis, tooth fractures, and other issues. We perform tons of Comprehensive Oral Treatments, which include a thorough teeth cleaning and full-mouth x-rays as well as oral surgery when necessary.
City Lit Books "Story Time"
City Lit Books
Join us every Saturday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am (you're welcome to pop in late!). We'll have sing-alongs and read-alongs!
Information and Assistance for Small Business Owners
From time to time we receive information from various government agencies or non-profit groups that might be of use to Small Business Owners.
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From the BACP
2016 City Inspection Workshop Dates Announced
BACP will continue to offer the "City Inspections - Ask Questions, Get Answers" workshop in 2016. The workshop will be offered the first Wednesday of every month at BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street. 8th Floor Room 805. This workshop provides information on what you must know to maintain compliance. Officials from several City departments will provide insight to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlights the do's and don'ts of operating a healthy business. Go to the 2016 Inspection Workshop flyer for scheduled dates.
From the BACP
The PrivateBank Offers New Incentive For Entrepreneurs
The City of Chicago's Small Business Center (SBC) has partnered with The PrivateBank to make entrepreneurs who complete the city's Business Start-Up Certificate Program eligible to apply for low-interest and no-fee loans through the bank's Entrepreneurial Loan Program. The city's free certificate program is designed to educate business owners and entrepreneurs on the essential elements of opening and growing a business.
From the BACP
Legal Services for Business
Small business owners seeking legal assistance now have several choices when it comes to engaging a lawyer. Low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs who do not have the means to hire an attorney can access free legal assistance from The Law Project (TLP) of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. If an entrepreneur is not eligible for assistance from The Law Project, they may contact the Justice Entrepreneurship Project. If an entrepreneur has the financial means, they should contact the Chicago Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service for the names of lawyers and should feel free to request a free initial consultation with an attorney. Additionally, the Chicago Kent Patent Hub will help facilitate the placement of qualified, under-resourced inventors with the pro-bono legal assistance of a licensed patent attorney. The Legal Services for Business Flyer will provide more detailed information.
From the BACP
Mobile Prepared Food Vendor License Effective November 13, 2015
For information click here
From the SBA
Migration to EMV Chip Card Technology and Your Small Business
From the SBA
Plastic Bag Ban
BACP would like to remind consumers that the City of Chicago's plastic bag ban will take effect on August 1, 2015. Retailers occupying stores that are more than 10,000 square foot will no longer be allowed to offer plastic bags. The ban will be extended to smaller chain stores and franchises in August 2016. The ban does not affect small independent or non-franchise stores and restaurants.
Learn more about the plastic bag ban at Retail Bag Use
From the SBA
What Business Plan Type Is Best for Me?
With all the different meanings of "business plan," I recommend you use good planning to help you run your business as well as possible. Keep it lean. Don't make it a document for outsiders unless you have a business reason to show a business plan to outsiders. Keep it fresh. Use it to get what you want from your business.
From the SBA
SBA Loans Explained – A Small Business 101
How to Guesstimate Your Starting Costs
How much will it take to start that new business you're thinking of? Use these simple steps to develop a good estimate. You don't get to know for sure, but if you have the discipline to break things into meaningful pieces, and then research each of the pieces, you'll have a good idea.
From the SBA
How Do I Find an EIN?
One of the key requirements for most new businesses (or businesses that are restructuring) is obtaining an Employer Identification Number, or EIN, from the IRS. Here's what you need to know about EINs and how to go about getting one for your business.
Small Business Center Website
Preview the Small Business Center website, a one-stop destination for small business owners and entrepreneurs, for information on licenses, permits, and additional resources available to small businesses in Chicago. Please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Logan Square Aldermen
Monthly Business Education Workshops
In the opinion of the Logan Square Chamber this is the most effective investment in time any small business or entrepreneur can make.
The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers workshops every Wednesday and Friday. Workshops will vary each month and are conducted by City Officials, experts and partner business organizations. All workshops are free, and open to the public. Workshops are held at BACP's offices located at 121 N. LaSalle St., City Hall Room 805, Chicago, IL 60602. Facebook facebook.com/ChicagoBACP?fref=nf
BACP is also offering a program designed to give business owners the essential elements in starting and growing a business.
* Attend nine workshops at BACP and earn a Business Start-Up Certificate.
For more information or to register for a workshop call 312-744-5344. or download calendar:
Commercial Real Estate Locator
Commercial Real Estate available for lease or for sale in Logan Square.
Please try visiting the City of Chicago's new Site Selector online program:
Commercial property owners in Logan Square, please submit available spaces by e-mailing: email@example.com
"Save the Dates" for 2015 City Festivals/Events
Chicago Park District Program Sign-up
Your favorite Chicago Winter festivals are on the horizon. Save the dates for these and more.
November 13 - March 6 (weather permitting): McCormick Tribune Ice Rink (Free)
January 15 - May 21: Juicebox Family Programs
January 15 - May 20: Wired Fridays
Visit cityofchicago.org/dcase for more information and more special events in 2016! All dates are subject to change.
EMT Training Class for Women (Tuition Free)
An EMT is an Emergency Medical Technician. These are the first responders who’s duty it is to assess, stabilize and transport patients in a medical emergency. To qualify you must be:
Employment Opportunities With the Chicago Housing Authority
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BRIGHT FUTURE: CPD & CFD Recruiting / Info Sessions
Those with sophomore students in high school considering careers of service in the Chicago Police or Fire Departments are encouraged to attend one of several recruitment and information sessions for the Class of 2017 coming up in the next few months.
AT&T is Now Hiring Sales Consultants
JOB OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE CITY
Bilingual Employees Needed at O'Hare
The Census Bureau's Chicago Regional Office is currently seeking Field Representatives in Cook County to interview respondents.
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has job openings available. If you would like to see the job listings and want more information, please click here.
Scam and Fraud Alerts
From the BACP
Know Before You Hire a Tax Preparer
Every tax season unsuspecting Chicagoans fall victim to tax preparation firms that use hidden charges and recommend unnecessary and expensive tax refund products like Refund Anticipation Loans (RALS) or Refund Anticipation Checks (RACS) to make a profit at the expense of citizens' deserved tax refunds. For more information click here
Always Be Alert
The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection protects consumers from deception and fraud in the marketplace. We accept and investigate complaints submitted online or via 311. BACP promotes consumer awareness to help consumers protect themselves.
MasterCard Phone Scam Hits Northern Illinois
Many consumers in Northern Illinois are reporting that they are receiving automated messages stating that their MasterCard has been compromised. The consumer is instructed to call and verify their information in order to get a new card. The Better Business Bureau warns that if an automated system calls asking for credit card information it is probably a scam. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering tips on what consumers need to know to protect themselves. If you should receive one of these calls you should: Not return a call from a pre-recorded message. If speaking to a live "operator" ask for his/or her name, department and extension. Then hang up call the number on the back of your card and ask for that person. Never provide personal or financial information to someone you do not know. Feel free to just hang-up. Using the number on the back of your card or on your statement call the credit card company that issued your card if you have security questions or concerns.
FRAUD ALERT: Warning for Property Owners in Cook County
The Cook County Recorder of Deeds encourages all property owners to sign up for notification every time paperwork is filed regarding their property.
ComED Phone Payment Scams
ComEd warns of individuals calling ComEd customers and falsely claiming their service will be disconnected unless payment is made. ComED will never call you to ask you for cash or request that you purchase a prepaid credit card to make a payment on your bill. If you have concerns about the status of your account, please call ComEd Customer Service at 800-334-7661. Visit comed.com/scamalert to learn more.
IRS Warns About Continuing Scam Phone Calls
The IRS is continuing to warning to taxpayers not to be fooled by impostors posing as tax agency representatives. These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don't answer, they often leave an "urgent" callback request. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here's what you should do: If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue. If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 800-366-4484 or at www.tigta.gov. If you've been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" at ftc.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint. Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov.
BACP Campaigns to Help Consumers Understand Credit Reports and Avoid Becoming Victims of Fraud
To help consumers stay safe, BACP has launched a campaign to ensure consumers know their rights when it comes to credit and avoid becoming victims of fraud. "The City of Chicago protects consumers from fraud by resolving complaints and taking action against fraudulent businesses," said Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. "We also take a proactive approach by promoting consumer awareness through educational campaigns to help people protect themselves."