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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 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.
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From SBA

New SBA website helps small businesses compete in the federal marketplace

SBA has launched certify.sba.gov, a new website to further streamline and improve the application processes for small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to do business with the federal government. With this website, SBA's contracting application and certification process for women-owned small businesses is now completely accessible online and easier than ever to complete. Women contractors can now easily manage the certification process, including Third Party Certifications as part of the WOSB Federal Contract Program. The new website will eventually serve additional SBA contracting programs, including the 8(a) Business Development and HUBZone programs. The site also has a tool called "Am I Eligible?" which allows a user to determine which SBA contracting certification is a good fit for their business.

Visit certify.sba.gov today and get started!
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From the SBA

Active Shooter Preparedness Resources for Your Small Business

The tragic events in Orlando are a reminder that small businesses are not immune from violence. The US Department of Homeland Security offers free courses, materials, and workshops to better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation and to raise awareness of behaviors that represent pre-incident indicators and characteristics of active shooters.

Learn More
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