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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.
They will be posted here and updated periodically.

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From the Chicago Commission on Human Relations

Avoiding Workplace Harassment
With all of the recent headlines about high-profile cases of harassment, business owners of all sizes should be particularly mindful of their obligations provide a workplace free of sexual harassment. Not only should business owners and managers be on the lookout for overt instances of harassment, but they also should be mindful of phrases containing sexist or racist epithets that are commonly used but nevertheless inappropriate in the work environment. Comments or behavior that offends another person, even if unintentional, may constitute workplace harassment. For more information, visit the Chicago Commission on Human Relations website.
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From the SBA

10 Tips for Cybersecurity

If you choose to take your business to the digital world, as most businesses these days do, you don't want to miss these critical ways to protect what you have. Check out 10 cybersecurity tips for small businesses to safeguard your business in the digital age.

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From the SBA

These tips can help your home-based business take off

Did you know more than 52% of all small businesses in the U.S. are home based? If you are considering or are in the process of starting a business from home, it's an exciting and important undertaking. And as with any venture, it's crucial to take the right steps to set yourself up for success. Check out these five key financial tips to follow when starting a business from home.

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From the BACP

Paid Sick Leave

The City of Chicago's new Paid Sick Leave Ordinance is effective July 1, 2017. Employees who work at least 2 hours per week while physically present within the geographic boundaries of the City, and who work at least 80 hours within any 120-day period, are covered by the ordinance. For every 40 hours worked an employee accrues 1 hour of Paid Sick Leave, with a cap of 40 hours per 12-month period. An employee may use Paid Sick Leave for his or her own illness, to receive medical care, and for an illness of a family member. The City is drafting rules for the new ordinance which will be posted on the BACP website.
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From the City of Chicago

City of Chicago Checkout Bag Tax is Effective February 1, 2017

To encourage customers to bring their own reusable bags, the City of Chicago is implementing a $.07 tax on each paper and plastic bag provided by stores to carry out purchased items.
For more information and instructions to retailers click here
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From The Chicago Commission on Human Relations

New Accessibility Regulations go into effect January 1, 2017

The Chicago Human Rights Ordinance requires that Chicago businesses ensure that their facilities, products and services are available to individuals with disabilities. On January 1, 2017, new disability rights regulations passed by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations go into effect. These regulations specify what Chicago businesses must do in order to make their goods and services accessible to people with disabilities. For more information on these new regulations, please click here

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From BACP

New Incentive For Businesses That Complete Start-Up Certificate Program

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. Program participants who complete the curriculum will now qualify to apply for The PrivateBank Entrepreneurial Loan. This low-interest, no-fee loan can range from $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000 for new businesses and $25,000 for businesses with one-year of filed tax returns. All financing decisions are made by the bank.
For more information on business workshops email bacpoutreach@cityofchicago.org or call 312-744-2086.