Our Updates and Press

Taking the Mystery Out of Business Insurance Webinar

Did you miss our webinar on business insurance? Watch the recording!

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Johnson launches plans to boost local business, combat food insecurity

Through two programs, Mayor Brandon Johnson and the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection aim to address two key issues often found on the city’s South and West sides — food insecurity and a lack of local businesses.

Allies for Community Business was selected to manage the $5 million Good Food Fund.

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Mayor Johnson And Department Of Business Affairs And Consumer Protection Launch The Good Food Fund And The Food Business Incubator Program

Allies for Community Business (A4CB) has been selected to manage the Good Food Fund, a $5 million fund to support food entrepreneurs in communities with inequitable access to food.

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Mayor Brandon Johnson attends the Community Development Grant Announcement

A4CB had the honor of hosting Mayor Brandon Johnson at The Hatchery on January 30, 2024 for the Community Development Grant Announcement.

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3.8 Million Awarded by the Chicago Region Food System Fund

The Chicago Region Food System Fund (CRFSF/the Fund) awarded $3.8 million to 39 organizations, including A4CB, for projects that build on previous grantmaking by the Chicago Region Food System Fund to strengthen a resilient food system for the Chicago region.

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Dixmoor Notary Public obtains $21,000 loan to expand remote, mobile services

Ms. Tiff Enterprises received a loan from Allies for Community Business through a partnership with Northern Illinois Community Initiatives (NICI), a foundation created by Nicor Gas.

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Gov. Pritzker Announces $5 Million Available in B2B Grants for Local Chambers

DCEO has enlisted Allies for Community Business to serve as the program administrator for the B2B Local Chambers program.

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Lateshia Jackson, A & L Environmental LLC

A4CB client Lateshia Jackson shares her journey starting her business.

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Creating Pathways for Entrepreneurs

BMO Director of U.S. Zero Barriers to Business Ronald Milsap discusses the importance of CDFIs like Allies for Community Business.

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Coal Miner’s Son—and Grandson

A4CB partner Bob Crawford discusses the foundation and impact of A4CB’s Neighborhood Entrepreneurship Lab.

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Cook County Increases Funding of the 2023 Source Grant to Support 3,000 Small Businesses

WBDC and A4CB served as grant administrators of the $50 million Cook County Source Grant program.

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West Side United Small Business Grant Information Session

Did you miss the information session for the 2023 West Side United Small Business Grant? Watch the recording!

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