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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 […]

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Branding Campaign Introduces SSA 13 Expansion Area

This spring, a new branding campaign is set to be introduced to the expansion area of Special Service Area (SSA) #13. The SSA, officially known as the Stockyards Industrial Park, expanded in January 2011; the expansion virtually doubled the size of the existing SSA to include industrial businesses on the outskirts of the Union Stockyards. […]

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NSP 2 Properties Available in Back of the Yards

The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2), an initiative of The Resurrection Project, is a program aimed to offer residents reliable housing opportunities in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. NSP2 works with families who are ready to buy or rent rehabbed properties in the neighborhood. The program accepts subsidized voucher holders and other forms of housing […]

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Wal-Mart Opens in Back of the Yards, Little Village

Residents of Back of the Yards got an early start on their grocery shopping during the grand opening of the new Wal-Mart store in the neighborhood. The store is one of three Wal-Marts that opened in Chicago on Jan. 16. Two other stores opened in Lake View and Little Village. Characterized as “Neighborhood Markets,” the […]