Chicago, IL â€“ One-hundred small businesses in the 50th ward have endorsed Alderman Berny Stone for re-election, highlighting his commitment to jobs and economic development.Â Those endorsing Stone represent a wide array of businesses – from restaurants to retail shops to dry cleaners – from every corner of the 50th ward.
“Alderman Stone has always been willing to help small businesses in the 50th ward,” said Zaya Khaya, owner of DBA Sidney Tire Shop. “When the City of Chicago wouldn’t renew my family business license, he stepped in to preserve our livelihood.”
Alderman Stone has worked tirelessly to improve the small business climate in the 50th ward and create the conditions for economic growth. He helped secure $4.5 million in Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) dollars to assist job-creating Devon Avenue businesses. He helped bring a $25 million investment to Devon and Rockwell. He worked with Youth Corps to get young people involved in cleaning up the hub of the Devon Avenue business district.Â Â
“Small business owners in the ward know that they can count on me to fight for lower taxes and for efficient and productive use of Small Business Improvement Fund dollars,” said Stone. They know they have an Alderman who fights every day to bring businesses to the ward and to keep those that are already here successful.Â I am humbled to have the overwhelming support of 100 diverse businesses in the 50th ward.”
Alderman Stone won the largest number of votes in the first round of balloting on February 22nd and is currently garnering support for the April 5th run-off election.