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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 SBA

Cybersecurity

Ransomware attacks are the fastest growing malware threats. On average, more than 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred daily since January 1, 2016. Ransomware, a type of malicious software that infects and restricts access to a computer until a ransom is paid, affects businesses of all sizes. The good news is that there are best practices you can adopt to protect your business.
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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. BACP will host a workshop on the new Paid Sick Leave Ordinance on Wednesday, June 21st from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. at BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, 8th Floor - Room 805. 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.