Chicago Recovery Community Development Grants

As a part of the Chicago Recovery Plan, the City is offering community development grants to Chicago entrepreneurs, small businesses and developers. The Department of Planning & Development (DPD) is accepting grant applications for funding to support commercial, mixed-use, and light manufacturing development. The City will consider a diverse array of improvement projects, including storefront […] … Read more “Chicago Recovery Community Development Grants”

New Ravenswood Patio Rebate Program Helps Restaurants & Bars Increase Outdoor Capacity

As Chicago makes continued progress in the fight against COVID-19, local bars and restaurants are preparing for critical summer. To support these small business owners, GRCC is launching a new Ravenswood Patio Rebate program. Read more “New Ravenswood Patio Rebate Program Helps Restaurants & Bars Increase Outdoor Capacity”

Webinar: Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the launch of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Join GRCC for a free webinar on this new relief program, which will provide emergency financial assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19. Read more “Webinar: Restaurant Revitalization Fund”

Phase IV: Gradually Resume

Phase IV Gradually Resume: Industry Guidelines for Reopening UPDATE: As part of Phase IV: Gradually Resume guidelines, the reinstatement of certain restrictions will go into effect Friday, July 24 at 12:01 a.m. Restrictions include: Bars, taverns, breweries and other establishments that serve alcohol for on-site consumption without a retail food license will no longer be […] … Read more “Phase IV: Gradually Resume”

Tips and Tools for Working from Home

Working from isn’t as easy as it seems. We miss the routine chats with co-workers to think through problems, the structure of a scheduled workday, and a reliable work-station. For many of us, working from home also means childcare, pets, and all the other household tasks (and distractions) that require our attention. Not to mention […] … Read more “Tips and Tools for Working from Home”

Reopening Chicago: Phase III Guidelines for Businesses

While currently in Phase II, where the goal is to continue flattening the curve while safely being outside, we are on track to move to Phase III at the close of May. Phase III is deemed a “cautious” reopening and will focus on: Non-essential workers begin to return to work in a phased way, Select businesses, non-profits, city entities open with demonstrated, appropriate protections for workers and customers. Read more “Reopening Chicago: Phase III Guidelines for Businesses”

Local Printers Provide Support for Fellow Business Owners and Nonprofits

In the midst of our current pandemic, local businesses and community members are impacted by prolonged uncertainty; both in terms of supporting families and businesses through the immediate stresses of lockdowns and furloughs and being able to plan for the future. Several local printers are offering their services to local business owners to help them […] … Read more “Local Printers Provide Support for Fellow Business Owners and Nonprofits”

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