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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 […]

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Financial coaching program to begin in January

Beginning in January 2014, the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) office will launch a new ‘financial capability’ program in the community. Geared toward future homeowners, the program was successfully piloted for two years by NeighborWorks America, the national umbrella organization for many housing nonprofits across the country, including NHS of Chicago. The […]

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New Restaurant Opens on Ashland Ave.

New owner says he hopes to bring the authentic flavors of Guerrero to the community A new restaurant has opened its doors in Back of the Yards. Vista Hermosa Restaurant is located on 4248 S. Ashland Ave. just south of Swap-O-Rama Flea Market next to Cafetería Yesenia, also a newer business. The Gate met with […]

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Seed Chicago Set to Help Local Businesses, Projects Reach Funding Goals

Initiative includes 11 Chicago projects such as the Unísono Festival and The Tamale Spaceship in Pilsen Local entrepreneurs can now promote their start-up businesses and projects in Chicago through a website that hosts thousands of projects and allows anyone to add financial contributions. The idea is to support initiatives that could bring development and jobs […]