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Concordia Place Presents "Coffee and Open Play"
Saturday, December 10th 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Concordia Lutheran Church on Whipple invites families to Coffee & Open Play. The multi-purpose room will be open for kids to play, and adults can drink coffee and meet other parents in Avondale.
The space will be open from 9:30 am - 11:30 am, and families are welcome to stop by at any time during that time. There is no cost for this event; however, a parent or adult guardian must be present with children.
Hopewell Brewing Company's 1st Annual Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 10th 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
A curated non-stressful Holiday Market. About a dozen artisans and makers will be selling everything from jewelry and furniture to vintage clothing at the market.
Proceeds will go toward the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
Holiday Meowy Hour Fundraiser for Harmony House For Cats
Sunday, December 11th 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Raise a pint for the Holidays and help the cats of Harmony House.
$2.00 off production beers, watch football, play board games and darts, Holiday bake sale, bag raffle, 50/50 raffle.
100% of proceeds benefit the cats of Harmony House!
Empirical Brewery is dog-friendly. Sorry, your feline friends can't attend.
Revolution Craft Show
Sunday, December 11th 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Shop handcrafted goods from 45+ local artists. The show provides a unique mix of crafts, Revolution Brewery beer and food trucks. Bring a friend or two, enjoy the afternoon and kick start your holiday shopping!
City Lit Books "Bitter Women Book Club"
Friday, December 16th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bitter Women Book Club. You'll be reading novels about women with clenched teeth, hot heads, and longstanding grudges.
This month's selection "After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie" by Jean Rhys
City Lit Books "Open Mic Night"
Wednesday, December 21st 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us at City Lit Books for our monthly Prose and Poetry and Potentially Other Things Open Mic Night! There are always wine, and snacks, and great readings. Even if you don't want to share, come support our readers and join the audience. Hang out! It's a good time.
Pinot's Palette December 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 December calendar click here
Let Us Give Thanks & Celebrate By Giving To Those In Need!
Here are just a few of the ways to give this Holiday Season.
14th District "Holiday Food Drive"
The district will be collecting food and distributing it to local food pantries and shelters for the Holiday season from November 28th thru December 22nd.
14th District "Holiday Toy Drive"
There are many children for whom Christmas will be just another day.
39th Annual The Chicagoland Toys For Tots Motorcycle Parade
The Greater Chicago Food Depository has a great list of opportunities.
For information on "Toys For Tots" and how to donate 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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Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell?
Consult the Awards Guidelines for a list of National Small Business Week Awards, eligibility criteria, selection process, evaluation criteria and how to submit a nomination package.
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!
This is a reminder to help you achieve full, timely compliance with the Municipal Code of Chicago; three new laws go into effect on July 1st and August 1st.
Tobacco 21: Beginning July 1, 2016, the sale of tobacco products and accessories to people under age 21 will be prohibited. Retail employees age 18 and older may still engage in selling tobacco products. It is now illegal to sell tobacco products to those under age 21.
Minimum Wage Increase: Effective July 1st the new hourly minimum wage goes up to $10.50 per hour. Tipped minimum wage workers will also see a raise as their per hour wage increases to $5.95.
Plastic Bag Ban: The second phase of the City of Chicago's Plastic Bag Ban begins August 1, 2016. Smaller chain and franchise retailers with floor space less than 10,000 square feet will be required to come into compliance as larger stores were required last year. The ordinance does not apply to take-out or dine-in restaurants.
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.
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.
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 2016 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.
October 7 - December 16: Juicebox
October 7 - December 16: Wired Fridays
November 18 - December 18: Holiday Events at Millenium Park
November 18 - December 18: Santa Claus House
November 18 - December 24: Christkindlmarket
November 19 - December 23: CTA Holiday Bus & Train schedule
November 18 - March 5: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
November 25 - December 16: Friday Caroling at Cloud Gate
November 25 - January 1: Lincoln Park Zoo Lights
December 2 - January 8: Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier
December 3 - 31: Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
December 31: Chi-Town Rising
January 19 - 29: Chicago Puppet Theatre 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