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"Ham-Bingo" at Hamburger Mary's Fundraiser for Harmony House
Monday, March 27th 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join us to play Ham-Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s. This is not your Aunt Sally’s church basement bingo game, so leave the children at home, and have some naughty fun for a good cause. $15.00 donation pays for one set of bingo cards which are good for all ten games. Drinks and incredible food are available for purchase. Get there early before the tables fill up.
City Lit Books "In Brief Book Club"
Tuesday, March 28th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Every month, City Lit Book's In Brief Book Club will explore a work of collected short stories or personal essays from writers both new and established.
This month's selection "The Tsar of Love and Techno" by Anthony Marra"
City Lit Books "The Book Apothecary Opening Night Party!"
Thursday, March 30th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lovelorn? Anxious? Vaguely frightened by a sense of impending apocalypse and/or dwelling in the general alientation and absurdity of the human condition? Have we got books for you! City Lit's upcoming Book Apothecary will feature over 50 pieces of curative literature hand-selected by some of our favorite authors to soothe your most searing of existential ailments.
Our kick off party will take place with bibliotherapists Juan Martinez and David Welch on hand to prescribe literature.
Authors will read from their recommended books including Mary Wisniewski (author of Algren), Leslie Parry (author of Church of Marvels), Heidi Stevens (Chicago Tribune columnist), and David Zivan (Editor-in-Chief, CS Magazine).
A portion of sales that evening will benefit 826CHI, a non-profit organization in Chicago dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
The Book Apothecary pop up will run through April 30th.
City Lit Books "Book Launch"
Friday, March 31st 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Book Launch: Patrick Edwards, author of "Space Tripping"
Backpack Drive at 33rd Ward Ald. Mell's Office
33rd Ward Office
Our office continues to be a collection site for backpacks filled with school supplies for refugee children in our community. If you can support, feel free to drop off your contributions at our office during business hours Monday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
All backpacks should be new, unused, sturdy, and gender neutral, if possible. Find a list of supplies needed here.
Thanks in advance for your kindness and generosity.
Pinot's Palette March Calendar
Logan Square Paint and Sip Studio
Our mission is to bring art to the masses in a fun and entertaining way with extraordinary customer service! So come - Paint. Drink. Have Fun. Cheers!
To see the March calendar click here
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 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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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 email@example.com.
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:
"Save the Dates" for 2017 City Festivals/Events
Chicago Park District Program Sign-up
Forest Preserve's Schedule
Your favorite Chicago festivals are on the horizon. Save the dates for these and more.
January 1 - December 31: A Year of Public Art
January 6th - May 20: Juicebox Series
January 30 - April 30: Chinese New Year Celebrations
February 1 - March 29: Dame Myra Hess Concerts
March 18 - 26: Chicago Flower and Garden Show
March 24 - October 25: Chicago Food Truck Fests
April 1 - 30: Chicago Dance Month
April 20 - 23: International Movies and Music Festival
Visit cityofchicago.org/dcase for more information and more special events in 2016! All dates are subject to change.
The Census Bureau's Chicago Regional Office is currently seeking Field Representatives in Cook County to interview respondents.
Bicycling Safe Routes Ambassadors
Connecting Youth to a Successful Future with a Summer Job in Chicago onesummerchicago.org
Humboldt Park among others are seeking seasonal instructors click here for more information
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
click here to apply
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 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
Senior Citizens Alert!
From the Illinois Secretary of State
Corporate Scam Alert— A firm called Corporate Records Service is contacting Illinois businesses in an attempt to collect a $125 fee to fill out a corporation’s “Annual Minutes Records Form.” The Illinois Business Corporation Act does not require corporations to file a “Minutes Records Form” or pay such a fee with the state or any private entity. Please contact the Illinois Attorney General’s Office Consumer Fraud Division at 800-243-0618 to file a complaint regarding this scam solicitation.
From the IRS
The Internal Revenue Service today issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals to beware of an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees. The IRS has learned this scheme already has claimed several victims as payroll and human resources offices mistakenly email payroll data including Forms W-2 that contain Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information to cybercriminals posing as company executives. If your CEO appears to be emailing you for a list of company employees, check it out before you respond. Everyone has a responsibility to remain diligent about confirming the identity of people requesting personal information about employees.
Read more from the IRS here
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."
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: firstname.lastname@example.org