News & Updates

Optimize the Benefits of Your Social Media

Tips on keeping your post organicAim to use 3-5 hashtags per postConsider the time and day you postTips for growing your followersFind people who share your companies values/interestsComment, like, and share their postsFollow them or …
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Critical Financial Tips to Maintain Your Business

Categorize expenses as best as possible for budgeting and tax purposesMeet with your accountant at least quarterly to know your numbersUse billing systems to automate and organize your receivablesProactively negotiate terms with vendors to increase …
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Non-Profits: Apply & Help Support Small Business Recovery

***Application for eligibility is now closed. 5/24/21. As part of Cook County's Community Recovery Initiative, Cook County established the Small Business Assistance program in 2020 to help address the impacts of COIVD-19.  Through the program and …
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Paycheck Protection Program – Extended Through May 31, 2021

Paycheck Protection Program ***Closed as of 5/31/21. PPP is working for you.  PPP has been extended through May 31, 2021.  Lenders are open and accepting applications. PPP’s funding formula has been revised for sole proprietors, independent contractors, and …
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Toni’s Tips, Cook County Businesses to Support

It's the most wonderful time of the year - it's Small business Week.  Join Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle as she shares Toni's Tips, a list of Cook County businesses to support. We're inviting small businesses to …
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WBDC: Start Planning Your Business for Recovery in 2021

***Application for eligibility is now closed.  Looking to Pivot Your Business into Recovery for 2021? Most businesses have been negatively affected by the pandemic, especially small businesses. If you are a Solopreneur or a small business (< …
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El programa de protección de pago (PPP)

El PPP es un préstamo de fondo perdido (es decir, es perdonable y no lo necesitas pagar), si lo obtienes, tu negocio puede recibir hasta el 250% de tus costos mensuales de nómina durante un período específico. Elegibilidad para el primer sorteo del PPP (nunca ha …
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EIDL Overview: What you need to know

Economic Injury Disaster Loan EIDL Advance funds were originally calculated based on the number of employees on an applicant's COVID-19 EIDL application: $1,000/employee, up to a maximum of $10,000. The Targeted EIDL Advance provides businesses in …
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Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program

Sign up here for free business advisory: SVOG Advisory The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue …
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Be a Small Business Vaccine Leader: Join Us 4/6/21

On Tuesday, April 6th at 2:00 PM EDT, Reimagine Main Street will host a launch event regarding the important role small business owners can play in promoting vaccine access, confidence, and equity. As part of the event, …
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