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Archive for July 20th, 2016

After 23 Years’ Wrongful Imprisonment Caused by Chicago Police Misconduct, States’ Attorney Seeks Release of Innocent Men

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Organizations Gather to Demand an End to Police Violence in North Lawndale

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TODAY: A World Without Police


CHICAGO, IL – On Wednesday, July 20th, The #LetUsBreathe Collective and BYP100 Chicago Chapter will lead a march to demand an investment into new alternatives to keep Black communities safe and a divestment from police and legislative systems that are violent towards Black communities.

North Lawndale is a predominantly Black community that has been deeply impacted by police, carceral, and legislative violence. North Lawndale is one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in the City of Chicago with 45% of people living below the poverty line. In addition it has the most formerly incarcerated people in the state of Illinois and has two of large police district headquarters situated in the neighborhood. Black people killed by the police such as Rekia Boyd, Pierre Loury, and Laquan McDonald are all from North Lawndale. The interactive rally will focus on community members imagining a world without police and uplifting new alternatives to keep Black people with promising futures safe, such as funding for non-profit organizations in North Lawndale, sharing free community resources, and the creation of transformative justice programs.

WHO: Members of #LetUsBreathe Collective and BYP100 Chicago Chapter
WHEN: Wednesday, July 20th at 4:00 PM Central
WHERE: Intersection of W. 15th Street and S. Albany Avenue
WHAT: March to demand an investment into new alternatives to keep Black communities safe and a divestment from police and legislative systems that are violent towards Black communities.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/264656367240606/

Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens. We are an organization affiliated with the Black Youth Project.

Urban League Leaders: Baton Rouge Police Killings “A Horror”

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“The Nation Must Unite In Pursuit Of Peace And Justice”

NEW YORK — National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial and Erika McConduit, President and CEO of the Urban League affiliate in Louisiana, described the shooting of police in Baton Rouge as a horror, and called the level of gun violence in the nation an urgent crisis.

“Our hearts are broken at the news of three more police killed and three more wounded,” Morial said. “The epidemic of gun violence in our nation has been at crisis levels for several years and requires immediate action.”

The Urban League Movement grieves for the slain officers and prays for their families and the wounded officers, Morial said. “The nation must unite in pursuit of peace and justice.”

“These killings are intolerable,” McConduit said. “We have wasted too much time, and lost too many lives. If ever there was a time for the nation to come together and confront the plague of gun violence it is now.”

Morial and McConduit urged elected officials, community leaders and every American to recommit to ending gun violence and healing the rifts between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Kirk Statement on Pro-ISIS Refugee’s Axe Attack on German Train

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued the following statement after a 17-year-old Afghan refugee injured four people following an axe attack on a German train.  As the BBC reports from Germany, “The so-called Islamic State has released a video purporting to show an Afghan asylum seeker making threats before attacking a German train,” adding: “The Afghan teenager, who had claimed asylum after traveling to Germany a year ago as an unaccompanied minor, had been living with the foster family since moving from a refugee centre in the town two weeks ago.”

“ISIS remains committed to infiltrating refugee flows into the United States and Europe, and encouraging radicalized individuals to launch terrorist attacks against innocent men, women and children,” Senator Kirk said. “Due to these continuing attacks, the Administration should suspend their politically-motivated deadline of approving 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States by September 2016 until it implements strong policies to prevent terrorist infiltration of refugee flows.” 

BACKGROUND:

  • Earlier this year, Senator Kirk, along with Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), introduced the Defend America Act (S. 2435) to prevent terrorist infiltration of the Syrian and Iraqi refugee programs by thoroughly screening all refugee and immigrant visa applicants for any pro-terrorist social media or other support to terrorist groups like ISIS.

Legislation to Improve Accessibility Becomes Law

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New Law Updates Accessibility Guidelines & Improves Ability for Businesses to Comply

CHICAGO, IL  – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that her office’s legislation to improve accessibility for people with disabilities in Illinois was signed into law by the Governor and will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017.

“Our commitment to equality for all must extend to making sure people who have disabilities have equal access to facilities within their communities,” Madigan said. “People who have disabilities lead active lives, and our laws should enhance their ability to do so,” Madigan said.

Senate Bill 2956, initiated by Madigan and sponsored by Sen. Linda Holmes and Rep. Ann Williams, updates the Illinois Environmental Barriers Act (EBA). The EBA, which was enacted in 1985, authorizes the Attorney General’s Office to enforce accessibility standards for public buildings and multi-story housing units in Illinois. The law updates the EBA to make sure it aligns with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design and to make it possible for architects working in Illinois to refer to one code in order to comply with both federal and state accessibility requirements.

“I was proud to sponsor this measure because no one living in or visiting Illinois should be prevented from enjoying everything our communities have to offer, simply because they are unable to access businesses, schools, or housing,” Holmes said. “This is an important new law, and I thank Attorney General Madigan for bringing this measure forward.”

“As lawmakers, we have a responsibility to ensure that our laws facilitate equality for all Illinois residents,” Williams said. “I will continue to push for laws that are designed to provide equal access for everyone, and I appreciate the Attorney General’s advocacy.”

In addition to initiating the legislation, Madigan’s office is working with the Capital Development Board (CDB) to update the technical building regulations that correspond with the EBA, known as the Illinois Accessibility Code. Under current state law, the Illinois Accessibility Code must also be updated to incorporate changes to the federal standards. Madigan’s office worked with the CDB and other stakeholders to ensure that SB 2956 reflects the anticipated changes to the Illinois Accessibility Code and aligns the state statute with the federal standards.

“Our members are committed to designs that inspire and are accessible to all, and SB 2956 will help architects ensure that projects meet both state and federal accessibility laws and regulations” said Dan Hohl, director of government affairs for the American Institute of Architects in Illinois. “The AIA appreciates the Attorney General’s efforts to support people with disabilities, which also improves access to good design for all Illinoisans.”  

Changes to the Environmental Barriers Act under SB 2956 include:

  • Updating the terms and definitions used in the EBA to conform with the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and corresponding updates to the Illinois Accessibility Code;
  • Replacing an outdated standard for building alterations with an easier-to-use standard that mirrors the ADA;
  • Clarifying which version of the EBA and the Illinois Accessibility Code applies to new construction and alterations of existing buildings; and
  • Updating the enforcement provisions to reflect the current emphasis on working with businesses to resolve issues and alleviate future barriers for individuals with disabilities.

Attorney General Madigan’s Disability Rights Bureau protects and advances the interests of people with disabilities in Illinois, and works with public and private entities seeking to comply with the disability rights laws. The bureau receives complaints regarding noncompliance with state and federal accessibility laws and works to bring facilities into compliance.

Complaints about accessibility can be submitted to Madigan’s office online, or by contacting her Disability Rights Bureau at (312) 814-5684 (Chicago) or (217) 524-2660 (Springfield).

 

Third Conspirator Pleads Guilty to Armed Craigslist Robberies, Shooting Two Victims

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Faces at least 20 years in Federal Prison

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Mo., man has pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a conspiracy to commit a series of armed robberies against victims who were contacted via craigslist, which culminated in the shooting of two victims.

 

Thomas Thorpe, 26, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark on Thursday, July 14, 2015, to one count of conspiracy, six counts of aiding and abetting a robbery and one count of aiding and abetting the discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence.

 

By pleading guilty, Thorpe admitted that he participated in a conspiracy between May 1 and Sept. 19, 2014, to rob several individuals at gunpoint. Thorpe participated in six armed robberies that occurred after conspirators posted false advertisements to buy or sell items on craigslist.org in order to entice their victims to meet so that conspirators could steal money and electronics. Thorpe also admitted that he was involved in the shooting of two of their victims during their final armed robbery on July 16, 2013.

 

Co-defendants Troy Wright, 23, of Grandview, Mo., and Debvon Buckner, 25, of Kansas City, Mo., have also pleaded guilty. In addition to the conspiracy and firearm charges, Wright pleaded guilty to six counts of aiding and abetting a robbery and Buckner pleaded guilty to five counts of aiding and abetting a robbery.

 

July 16, 2014, Armed Robbery and Shooting

 

On the evening of July 16, 2014, Thorpe and his co-defendants robbed and shot two victims (identified as M.N. and M.K.N.)  near 5500 E. 84th Terrace, Kansas City, Mo. The two victims, along with their minor son, identified as D.N., had agreed to look at a Hyundai Sonata that was listed for sale in a craigslist advertisement. M.N. and D.N. took a test drive in the vehicle with Buckner and M.N. made a purchase offer. Buckner stated that he needed to call his wife about the purchase and walked away. As he walked away, Thorpe and Wright appeared and each pointed a firearm at the victims and demanded money.

 

The victims tried to return to their car, but Thorpe and Wright began shooting M.N. and M.K.N. multiple times. Conspirators took money and personal property (including a purse that contained $500) from the victims then shot one of the victims again, striking him an additional time. One of the victims was transported to a local hospital for life-threatening injuries from multiple gunshot wounds.

 

July 16, 2014, Armed Robbery

 

Earlier on the same day, on the afternoon of July 16, 2014, Thorpe and his co-conspirators robbed a victim who had listed an XBOX One for sale on craigslist. The victim arranged to meet Buckner at Ridge Pointe Apartments in Kansas City, Mo. When he arrived, Buckner approached him and asked to see the XBOX. When the victim handed him the XBOX, Thorpe and Wright appeared and each pointed a firearm at the victim and demanded the XBOX One, XBOX games, and the accessories. They took those items then fled to their vehicle.

 

July 3, 2014, Armed Robbery

 

On July 3, 2014, another victim was robbed while trying to buy an XBOX from a craigslist advertisement. The victim met Buckner at Ridge Pointe Apartments after he had agreed to give him $160 and a Samsung Galaxy watch to buy the XBOX. Buckner refused to make the trade after examining the watch. When the victim began walking back to his car, Wright approached, pointed a gun at him and demanded the cash and watch. After taking the cash and watch from the victim, Wright and Buckner fled frmothe aera and met up with Thorpe.

 

June 30, 2014, Armed Robbery

 

Wright and co-conspirators posted an advertisement for a phone for sale and made arrangements to meet the victim, identified as “D.B.,” after she responded to the advertisement. When the victim met with Buckner, she decided not to purchase the phone and began to walk away. Thorpe and Wright approached her, pointed guns at her and demanded money. After she gave the men $100 they demanded her car keys, cellphone and purse. She pressed the panic button on her car keys and when alarm sounded all three of the conspirators ran away.

 

June 30, 2014, Armed Robbery #2

 

Another victim met Buckner later that night on the same date. She had been contacted about purchasing an XBOX One that she posted for sale on Craigslist. When she arrived (with two minor children in her vehicle) at Ridge Pointe Apartments in Kansas City, Mo., Buckner told her that he wanted to see the XBOX. She got out of the vehicle, opened the trunk, and put the XBOX on the vehicle. Buckner grabbed the XBOX One and fled on foot. Thorpe and Wright, armed with handguns, approached and pointed the guns at the victims in the vehicle. They demanded all of their money, purses, and XBOX games and controllers. One of the victims asked for her purse back and one of the conspirators said, “Get back in the car or I’ll shoot you” and racked the slide on his gun.

 

June 26, 2014, Armed Robbery

 

Wright posted a Samsung plasma TV for sale on craigslist and, the same day, conspirators communicated with a victim for its purchase. The victims, including their infant child, were led to an apartment on E. 42nd Street, Kansas City, Mo. When they pulled out $170 to pay for the television, Thorpe came out from the bedroom armed with two handguns, pointed the guns in their face and demanded all their money. The victims gave them all their money and fled from the apartment.

 

Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, Thorpe is subject to a sentence of at least 20 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 27 years in federal prison without parole. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew P. Wolesky and Jess E. Michaelsen. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

Source: FBI

IDoA Releases Hot Tips to Aid Older Adults During Hot Weather as Heat Indexes Continue to Rise

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – As the summer continues to heat up across the state, it is important that community members continue to check on older persons who may be unable or unwilling to seek assistance. Heat-related illness can be life threatening, and health problems and isolation are factors that make older adults particularly susceptible to heat stress.

Older adults have a reduced capacity to perspire and are therefore more vulnerable to heat. As a result, people who do not perspire are not helped by fans; they must have air conditioning to recover from the accumulating effect of the heat. A few hours a day in air conditioning is extremely important to protect health and life.

“It’s important that we take care of each other within our communities. Excessive heat can be extremely dangerous for many people, especially older adults,” says Jean Bohnhoff, Director of the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA). “I encourage people across the state to take the time to check in on the older adults in and around your community. Fifteen minutes out of your day could help save an older adult from serious effects of heat-related illness,” she continued.

Below are several facts and tips for dealing with excessive heat; these Hot Tips and other resources can also be found on the IDoA website:

 

WHAT IS A HEAT WAVE?

 

  • Generally, a heat wave is three straight days of 90 degree temperatures or more with high humidity.
  • Heat waves are the second leading cause of death among weather-related events.WHAT IS A HEAT INDEX?
  • High temperatures and high relative humidity determine the heat index.
  • In summer, humidity makes it feel hotter. If the temperature is 90 degrees and the relative humidity is 80 percent, it will feel like it is 113 degrees. Your body will react to the 113 degree temperature.  WHAT CAN BE DONE TO BEAT THE HEAT? 

    Some common sense tips for handling the heat include the following:

     

  • Drink lots of water and natural juices (avoid alcoholic beverages, coffees and colas)
  • Avoid going out into blazing heat whenever possible
  • Avoid or minimize physical exertion

  • Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows slightly open

  • Do not place tin foil over your windows as the room temperature will rise

  • Keep electric lights off or turned down

  • Take frequent cool baths or showers and use cool towels

  • Remain in air conditioning either at home or at a cooling center (1-2 hours in air conditioning can prevent a person from becoming ill)

  • Wear loose clothing

  • Do not eat heavy meals (eat small meals and eat more often)

  • Avoid using cooking ovens

  • Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician

  • If you are taking medications, check with your pharmacist or your doctor on any side effects that heat may contribute to

  • Check on family members, friends and neighbors

  • Take the heat seriously; do not ignore danger signs like nausea, dizziness and fatigue

If you or anyone you know needs medical attention, call 911 or the local Police Department immediately.

IDoA and local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA’s) work hand-in-hand to assist older persons at risk. During heat emergencies, communities are involved in door-to-door outreach; senior centers, adult day care sites and other familiar public buildings throughout communities are used as cooling centers. Information and assistance is available on an ongoing basis through the network of local agencies serving older persons where you live.

Veteran Actress to Star in New Romantic Comedy

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Actress Lunden De’Leon to star in new romantic comedy, An Inherited Life

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — It was announced that actress Lunden De’Leon has joined the cast of the romantic comedy An Inherited Life playing the role of Bianca. Filmed in South Carolina, An Inherited Life is about an over worked, single mother of two who inherits her aunt’s house in South Carolina. The film is directed by Charlie Vaughn (All Hollows Eve, 12 Dog Days of Christmas) and also stars Kiersten Warren (Independence Day, Desperate Housewives) and Paul Greene (CSI, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce).

Best known for her role as Joanne Mbutu on the television series Vital Signs, De’Leon has starred and co-starred in over 50 movies and television shows including the New Line Cinema blockbuster comedy We’re the Millers alongside Golden Globe Awards winner Jennifer Aniston (Friends), People’s Choice Awards nominee Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses), Ed Helms (The Hangover), and MTV Movie Awards winner Emma Roberts (American Horror Story).

De’Leon recently completed filming the investigation television series Murder Chose Me playing the reoccurring role as Rod’s Mother. The actress also co-starred in the award winning television movie Somebody’s Child with golden Globe Award nominee Lynn Whitfield (Josephine Baker Story) and two-time Image Award nominee Michael Jai White (Batman Returns).

An Inherited Life will hit theaters in 2017.

For more details about Lunden De’Leon, visit www.LundenDeLeon.net

 

Owner Of Debt Collection Company Convicted In Manhattan Federal Court For Massive Fraud

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JOHN TODD WILLIAMS, a/k/a “JT,” a/k/a “Joe Steele,” was convicted for conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with a nationwide debt collection scheme that defrauded more than 6,000 victims throughout the United States out of millions of dollars.  WILLIAMS was convicted following a five-day jury trial before the Honorable Richard J. Sullivan.  WILLIAMS owned and operated a debt collection company based in Norcross, Georgia, called WILLIAMS, SCOTT & ASSOCIATES, a/k/a “WSA,” a/k/a “Warrant Services Association,” (“WSA”).  WILLIAMS and his co-conspirators, whom he employed as debt collectors at WSA, tricked and coerced victims into making payments to WSA by making false threats and telling a host of lies.  These threats included falsely stating that warrants had been issued for the victims’ arrest or that criminal charges were pending against them.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said:  “For owning and operating a debt collection company that tricked, threatened, and coerced vulnerable victims into making payments, a unanimous jury convicted John Williams of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.  The conviction today brings an end to Williams’s massive scam that used scare tactics and threats to coerce millions of dollars out of thousands around the country.”

According to the evidence presented at trial:

Between approximately 2009 and May 2014, employees working for WSA, led by WILLIAMS, routinely attempted to trick and coerce thousands of victims throughout the United States into paying millions of dollars in consumer debts through a variety of false statements and false threats.  Employees of WSA typically used aliases, sometimes referring to themselves as “Detective” or “Investigator,” falsely advised consumers they had committed purported crimes such as “check fraud” or “depository check fraud,” and told consumers that if they failed to make immediate payments to WSA to resolve the matters, warrants would be issued for their arrest.  WSA employees also falsely claimed that WSA had contracts with, or was otherwise affiliated with, certain federal or local law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Among other false statements, WSA employees also claimed that WSA was a law firm or otherwise worked with lawyers, and that they would have the victims’ driver’s licenses suspended if those victims did not make payment to WSA.  To falsely create an appearance of legitimacy, and further trick their victims into making payments, WSA employees routinely used legal terminology to invent legitimate-sounding, but completely bogus, explanations for the supposed imminent arrest of the victims, including for example, that the “statute of limitations” on the victims’ “civil legal rights” had expired and therefore the matter was now a criminal matter that could be resolved only by voluntary payment to WSA, or arrest.  WILLIAMS and WSA employees also attempted to collect debts from victims who had already paid off their loans.  When victims told WSA employees that they had already paid their debts, they were told, at WILLIAMS’s instruction, that “you can’t pay a debt with a debt instrument,” i.e., a credit card.

In total, from approximately 2009 through approximately May 2014, WSA obtained more than $4.1 million dollars from more than 6,000 victims in all 50 states.

WILLIAMS was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  The maximum potential sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

WILLIAMS is scheduled to be sentenced on October 28, 2016, at 2:30 p.m., by the Honorable Richard J. Sullivan.

Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI.  He also thanked the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) for referring this case to this Office, and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) for its assistance in this investigation.  Mr. Bharara also acknowledged with appreciation the extraordinary partnership between this Office and both the FTC and CFPB in the Office’s ongoing effort to combat consumer fraud.

If you believe you were a victim of this crime, including a victim entitled to restitution, and you wish to provide information to law enforcement and/or receive notice of future developments in the case or additional information, please contact the Victim/Witness Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, at (866) 874-8900.  For additional information, go to:

http://www.usdoj.gov//usao/nys/victimwitness.html

If you wish to report a crime by another debt collector, you may contact the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP.  For guidance on coping with debt, and information about dealing with debt collection companies in particular, consider the following link to publications issued by the Federal Trade Commission:

http://www.consumer.fgc.gov/articles/0149-debt-collection

The prosecution of this case is being handled by the Office’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah E. Paul and Benet J. Kearney represented the Government at trial.

Source: FBI

City of Chicago Offers Free Business Workshops

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The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor. To register for a workshop call 312-744-2086. You also can register by emailing BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org.

August 2016 Workshop Calendar
8/3 *City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago
To operate a successful business in Chicago you need to know what it takes to maintain compliance. Officials from several City departments will provide insight to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlight the do’s and don’ts of operating a healthy business.8/5 How to Setup a WordPress Website and Blog and Get Paid Online
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Dante Hamilton, Founder of Chicago WordPress Meetup Group
Attendees will learn how to register a domain and setup a web hosting account, how to download and install WordPress into your web hosting account and how to install a WordPress Theme and Template. This workshop will also touch on how to purchase an SSL Certificate and install it on your web hosting account, including how to install a payment form and make a live transaction online.8/10 Be In the Know: New Ordinances That Affect Your Business
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
This workshop will cover three ordinance changes that affect businesses and consumers including tobacco sales new age requirement of 21, the minimum wage increase and plastic bag ban.8/12 The Art of Instagram
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Business Bragger, Inc.
In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to become a skillful instagrammer – from messaging ideas, picture concepts and advertising. We’ll show you what it takes to build a following of engaged users for your company.8/17 Employee Policies, Handbooks & Agreements
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Charles Krugel, a Management Side Labor, Employment & Human Resources Attorney
Does my business need a handbook? This workshop will cover the whys, whens & whats of implementing policies.

8/19 How to Market Your Business Effectively
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Darrell M. Roberts of Citsitra Designs & Printing
Learn how to reach more prospects and grow your business with effective marketing solutions and bring value to potential clients. This workshop will explain the importance of what it means to have a great design presence online and in print. Learn how 90% of your business success is marketing, how to build better days, develop systems, and plan your work & work your plan. Chart your business progress with guaranteed results to empower your brand and increase your sales.

8/24 What’s New in 2016 for Tobacco Retailers
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
BACP will describe the new regulations for Chicago Retail Tobacco License holders that went into effect January 1, 2016 and July 1, 2016. This workshop is geared towards anyone interested in applying for a Retail Tobacco License or businesses that currently sell tobacco products. The presentation will focus on licensing and regulation, and also highlight recent changes concerning the retail sale of e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco products. The new minimum age to purchase tobacco products increased from 18 to 21.

8/26 Taking the Mystery Out of Business Insurance
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Anna Maria Viti-Welch, Guy Viti Insurance Agency
Does the word “insurance” make you feel uncomfortable? Have you been avoiding looking into protection for your business or wanting to have someone review your current program? This presentation will help you understand the basics of insurance and some of the coverage options available. Come to learn tips and tricks on how to take the “mystery” out of insurance.

8/31 How to Really Start Your Business
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Score
Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business? If so, what are the first steps you should take? This workshop will help you assess your prospects, give you the initial direction you need, and inspire you to move forward to realize your dream.

Click here to view full monthly calendar. All workshops are free and are located at the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection – City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, Room 805.
Incentive to Complete the Small Business 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.

For more information go business workshops email BACPoutreach@CityofChicago.org or call 312.744.2086.
The PrivateBank Entrepreneur Loan Program With Application Requirements
The PrivateBank Entrepreneur Loan Program With Application Requirements
9/10 Free Small Business Expo 

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