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BOTY Coffeehouse and Roastery give back to the community

Owners of Back of the Yards Coffee House and Roastery, Mayra Hernandez and Jesse Iniguez presented their first donation award to the Kids Cafe program of Casa Romero on Saturday, Sept. 30. Sr. Angie Kolancinski from Holy Cross, received the $500 donation. Kids Cafe of Casa Romero is an after-school program that serves the youth […]

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Local businesses are granted awards for business upgrades

The Back of the Yards College Prep’s gymnasium looked more like a convention center room than a high school gym as more than 30 businesses lined up behind presentation tables giving out food samples and information about their services.   Mayor Rahm Emanuel awarded 51 businesses with more than $5 million in grants through the Retail […]

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Mothers-turned-entrepreneurs launch culinary collective

Alas Abiertas  “Open Wings,” is an all-women collective comprised of four members that get together to do food vending at farmers markets and take catering orders from customers through word of mouth.  What’s extremely special about this group is that their individual obstacles have brought them closer together. They are a group of women overcoming […]

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Back of the Yards’ very own launch new cafe

Once the home to the Union Stockyards, Back of the Yards is now home to its newest and only coffee shop dedicated to bringing artisanal coffee to the neighborhood. The Back of the Yards Coffeehouse and Roastery, 2059 W. 47th Street, celebrated its grand opening on Sat. May 13, 2017. Mayra Azucena Hernandez is a […]

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Tome Ventaja de Talleres y Seminarios Gratis Durante Money Smart Week

A partir de este sábado 22 de abril hasta el 29 de abril, Money Smart Week ofrecerá más de 300 clases de educación financiera en Chicago. Muchas de estas clases serán realizadas en español para la comunidad Latina Cuando: April 29, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Donde: Chicago Public Library/ Back of the Yards […]

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New Economic Development Program Launches on the South and West Sides of Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced new resources designed to support thriving retail corridors across Chicago’s South, Southwest and West Sides. The Retail Thrive Zones initiative will invest an initial $16 million directly into commercial strips in eight neighborhoods, creating jobs and new amenities for neighborhood residents. “Neighborhood businesses are the heart of Chicago’s neighborhoods and […]

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Two Back of the Yards businesses make SEED Chicago financing round

The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council has sponsored two local business initiatives that have been accepted in this round of SEED Chicago’s financing program. SEED Chicago highlights small businesses and community development projects that will grow jobs, facilitate economic activity, revitalize communities or promote education and training. SEED Chicago is an initiative of Mayor […]

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BYNC examines ways to improve Internet access for local businesses

The importance of reliable, high speed internet communications for business success cannot be stressed enough.  Entrepreneurs now say the Internet is the most important marketing tool for their companies, according to a new survey. The Capital Access Network Small Business Barometer, a quarterly poll of 250 business owners nationwide who accept credit cards from customers […]

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Neighborhoods apply ‘civic tech’ for local gains

It’s a running joke among some folks that if you need help with a technical matter, you’d best find a teenager. But as digital tools and web services become the norm, community development organizations are ramping up their tech skills and helping neighborhood residents and businesses do the same. Tech efforts are popping up all […]

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Latino leaders call on Attorney General Madigan to investigate Herbalife’s fraudulent business practices

Latino leaders from across the state are calling on Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to investigate claims that multi-level marketing company Herbalife is a pyramid scheme that is unfairly targeting Hispanics. A number of Latino and business groups have sent letters to Attorney General Madigan requesting that her office look into Herbalife’s predatory business model […]