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Archive for September 26th, 2012

Ed Gardner calls for 10,000 to join him Sunday at 95th & Western construction site

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By Chinta Strausberg


Saying he will continue to fight for a fair share of jobs and opportunities, retired businessman and multi-millionaire Ed Gardner Tuesday called for 10,000 people to join him after their 3 p.m. church this Sunday, September 30, 2012, at 95th and Western to demand their equal slice of Chicago’s contractual pie.

Gardner, who made his comments on WVON’s Perri Small show on his way to 92nd and Western where he’s continue his protest to shut down the site until blacks are hired, said, “We are more concerned with blacks killing blacks that must stop. This is primarily the cause of it right here,” he said referring to the apparent lock out of blacks form public works jobs in Chicago. “Jobs are the primary reason why we’re out here.”

Gardner said he has help from former Chicago School Supt.  Manford Bryd and author/publisher and historian Lerone Bennett will join him in protesting the lack of jobs for blacks.

“I am asking our family to bring 10,000 blacks here from the churches at 95th and Western until we put a stop to that,” said Gardner. “There is no reason at all why we should help our young men destroying one another” and jobs available in the middle of the black community “and the mayor is doing nothing about it.

“Mayor, you are a disgrace right now,” said Gardner. “He had the opportunity to help. He didn’t return calls and now we have to stop the site here in the city of Chicago in pouring cement in the middle of the black community. As far as I am concerned, he is not representing all of Chicago and he should represent all of the city,” said Gardner.

Having served in World War II, the 87-year-old Gardner said, “I served in New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan as an American soldier. Nobody asked me did I live East or West of Western. I served as a soldier defending our country, defending America and stopping the movements to destroy American. I come back to Chicago and be treated like this? I am not going to stand for it…. We will have 10,000 people strong… This is America. I fought for America, not for parts of America,” Gardner said.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he will make sure subcontractors are following the law to which Gardner said what is more important is to have blacks on these construction sites.

Women’s Business Development Center offers October programs that support and accelerate women’s business ownership

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Center provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance


CHICAGO, IL – Among workshops/events offered in October by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), a nationally and internationally recognized women’s business assistance center providing services and programs that support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen the impact of women on the economy, are:

Thursday, October 4, 12 noon to 1 p.m., “Webinar – Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program Orientation”

Description: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at the City Colleges of Chicago is a practical business management education program that helps small business owners develop the skills they need to grow their companies.  Participants will receive one-on-one business advising from dedicated professionals to help them develop a tailored plan for growth.  Learn how the Women’s Business Development Center can help you be part of this investment designed to help local small business owners create jobs and economic opportunity.

Location: Online

Cost: Free


Tuesday, October 9, 12 noon to 1 p.m., “Webinar: Grow Your Business with WBDC: A Service Guide”

Description: The Women’s Business Development Center has been assisting prospective and established entrepreneurs since 1986.  This webinar will give an overview of WBDC programs and services that are offered at our Chicago office, online and throughout our nine state Midwestern region.  Learn how we can help you take the next step in your business growth.

Location: Online 

Cost: Free

Registration: http://www.wbdc.org/events/upcomingworkshopsevents/tabid/107/ctl/view detail/mid/765/itemid/41/d/20121009/Grow-Your-Business-with-WBDC-A-Service-Guide.aspx

Wednesday, October 10, 5:30 to 8 p.m., “Click! How to Unlock Brilliant Business Results!”

Description: This 3-workshop series from the Women’s Business Development Center is designed for established business owners who want to: accelerate business growth and increase revenues; lessen distractions so they can focus on more of what only they can (and want to) do; drive profits to the bottom line; differentiate their business from the competition; charge what they know their work is worth; cultivate new business opportunities and ideal customers; create business cultures that thrive and support the team. Other sessions: 10/24, 11/7; must register for all three. 

Location: Women’s Business Development Center, 8 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Cost: $90.00 in advance, $100 at the door for the entire 3 part series.

Registration: http://www.wbdc.org/events/upcomingworkshopsevents/tabid/107/ctl/viewdetail/mid/765/itemid/60/d/20121010/Click!-How-to-Unlock-Brilliant-Business-Results!.aspx

Wednesday, October 31, 12 noon to 1 p.m., “Webinar: Social Media Series Part 1: Building Your Brand Through Facebook”

Description: Over 70% of U.S. internet users are on Facebook. Learn how to convey your brand’s message through Facebook in an effective, engaging and relevant manner. This Women’s Business Development Center webinar session will teach attendees how to: post engaging material at the appropriate intervals and times; determine the mission and purpose of your Facebook page for you brand and business; interact effectively to engage future clients; manage your Facebook page and decide who should be managing; weigh the pros and cons of launching a Facebook Ad campaign.

Location: Online

Cost: Free

Registration: http://www.wbdc.org/events/upcomingworkshopsevents/tabid/107/ctl/viewdetail/mid/765/itemid/28/d/20121031/Building-Your-Brand-Through-Facebook-(Social-Media-Series).aspx

For further information about these or other WBDC workshops, visit http://www.WBDC.org or call (312) 853-3477. The WBDC is headquartered at 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60603.

The Better Business Bureau offers tips on prepping for emergencies

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(News from the Better Business Bureau) 



CHICAGO, ILWith National Preparedness Month underway this is a prime opportunity to review your family’s emergency plan. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference in a crisis. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) urges families to devise and discuss their disaster plan.


Safety is paramount in an emergency, and knowing what to do when- stay or go- can differ depending upon the disaster. There are important differences among potential types of emergencies that should influence the decisions you make and the actions you take.


“When your safety is in question it is extremely important to have a plan,” said Steve J. Bernas, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “The website of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is an extremely useful tool which lists different emergencies that could happen in your community and helps identify the best possible responses.


Two things every family needs regardless of the disaster are an emergency plan and an emergency kit.


For an emergency plan, make sure all family members know where to meet and who to contact in case you get separated. A relative or friend in another area is an ideal emergency contact person. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to send and receive text messages. Consider downloading smart phone apps that provide emergency information.


The BBB recommends the following items for an emergency kit:

  • A gallon of water per person per day for three days
  • A three-day supply of nonperishable food for each family member
  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • A whistle to signal for help
  • Dust masks
  • A wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • A power inverter or solar charger for your cell phone


You may consider including prescriptions (at the very least a list of prescriptions), infant formula and diapers, pet food and cash. Place copies of important family documents (insurance policies, identification and financial records) in a waterproof, portable container near your escape route. Pencil and paper, paper cups and plates, and plastic utensils are also useful. If you have kids, pack some games, books or puzzles. Maintaining your kit is also important. You will want to replace stored water and food about every six months. Mark the date on containers or cans.


For more information you can trust, visit www.bbb.org

New campaign urges Chicago suburban communities to make roads inviting to all people

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The Active Transportation Alliance today launched its Communities for Complete Streets initiative, which asks Chicago’s suburban communities to create roads that are inviting to all people regardless of their age, ability or how they’re getting around.

With growing levels of concern about traffic congestion, pollution, transportation costs, and obesity-related diseases, awareness is increasing about the need for better transportation options in communities throughout Chicagoland.

People can take action and learn how to get involved in their community by visiting www.activetrans.org/completestreets. Included in the website is a series of factsheets detailing the many advantages of streets that are safer and more inviting.

The campaign will mobilize residents in Chicago’s suburban communities to urge their municipality to adopt and implement a Complete Streets policy. As part of the campaign, Active Trans will educate and empower community groups like PTAs, green committees, and wellness committees in addition to partnering directly with municipal leaders.

“Whether you’re eight or eighty, we believe you should be able to get around your community safely by walking, biking, transit or driving,” said Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “We want Chicago suburban communities to make a commitment to safe streets and we’re asking residents to please sign on to the campaign.”

Complete Streets policies are needed to help youth stay active and help older adults age in place. When implemented, these policies help the economy by improving property values, boosting local business and allowing families and individuals to save on transportation costs.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit safe, convenient and more commonplace in Chicago and the suburbs.

For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

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