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Chamber hosts gathering Wednesday Oct. 13

Cicero Chamber Meet & Greet, Oct. 13, 2021 at the Cicero Community Center, 5 PM

Chamber hosts gathering Wednesday Oct. 13

The Cicero Chamber of Commerce is inviting all licensed Cicero businesses to attend a “Meet & Greet” event with the new Interim Board of Directors on Wednesday, Oct. 13 beginning at 5 PM at the Cicero Community Center, 2250 S. 49th Avenue.

The special guest speaker will be Ismael Vargas, Business License Department Director. 

Please RSVP with your name, business name, business address to Maru Ayala, by email at MaruAyala0@gmail.com (MaruAyala (zero) @ Gmail.com).

Cicero Chamber Meet & Greet, Oct. 13, 2021 at the Cicero Community Center, 5 PM
Cicero Chamber Meet & Greet, Oct. 13, 2021 at the Cicero Community Center, 5 PM

 

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Aguilar offers info on “Back to Business” Grant Program

Aguilar offers info on “Back to Business” Grant Program

As part of Governor JB Pritzker’s overall economic recovery strategy, the $250 million Back to Business (B2B) grant program aims to deploy small businesses recovery grants for those hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. The B2B grant program builds on the success of last year’s Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program – an equity focused business relief program, which directed $290 million to 9,000 businesses in 98 communities across Illinois.

B2B is a key component of the Governor’s $1.5 billion economic recovery plan, aimed toward a swift and equitable deployment of American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds that have been designated for Illinois to assist in recovery from the COVID pandemic.

To assist small businesses with the B2B application process and other upcoming or ongoing economic recovery grant programs offered at the State or federal level. DCEO has invested $9 million in support of Community Navigator organizations working in every region of the state. These organizations will provide technical assistance to businesses, with a focus on underserved businesses including minority, rural, veteran and women-owned businesses.

How to apply:

  • Application Portal Now Open. Apply here!
    • Applications can be tracked in real-time
    • Check out the videos on how to fill out the application in English and Spanish
    • Allies for Community Business (A4CB), DCEO’s grant administrator, is now accepting applications (create an account first and then select your language of choice)
  • Learn about the information and documentation required
  • Documentation needed:
    • Business owner ID (ITIN business owners eligible)
    • Business’s 2019 AND 2020 Federal tax returns
    • Two (2) business bank statements – one from the period April through December 2020, and most recent statement
  • List of Frequently Asked Questions also available in: SpanishPolishChineseHindi, and Arabic

If you have any questions regarding your Back to Business application process please do not hesitate to reach out to my office.

District Office
7833 Ogden Avenue
Lyons, IL 60534
(708)-447-5461

Downtown Office
118 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 603-4735

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Cicero welcomes opening of new Jimmy Johns fast food restaurant

Cicero welcomes opening of new Jimmy Johns fast food restaurant

Jimmy John’s Sandwich Shop Opens in Cicero. New Jimmy John’s Sandwich Shop at 3312 S Cicero Will Immediately Begin Serving Freaky Fast, Freaky Fresh® Sandwiches. New business 

Town President Larry Dominick Tuesday welcomed the official opening of the Jimmy John’s Sandwich shop at 3312 S. Cicero Avenue. The restaurant opened this week.

“We are proud of the many new businesses and industries that have come to the Town of Cicero bringing not only great quality products from food to retail items,” President Dominick said Tuesday (August 31, 2021).

“Not only do the many new businesses bring great products but they also bring new jobs for our residents, and contribute to the Town’s sales tax revenues which alleviates the tax burden on residents and business property. We are proud to welcome Jimmy Johns to the Town of Cicero and encourage residents to patronize the business and always shop local.”

Here is the release from Jimmy Johns.

CICERO, IL (August 31st, 2021) – A new Jimmy John’s sandwich shop located at 3312 S Cicero is now open daily from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM and ready to serve gourmet sandwiches to the people of Cicero.

“This will be our first store in Cicero and our team is excited to serve fresh, fast and tasty sandwiches to a new set of customers in the area,” said owner Sal Abdallah. “Whether it’s in our new store, through contactless delivery or ordered through our Freaky Fast Rewards® loyalty program – our team is ready to serve even more guests on their terms in a way that only Jimmy John’s can deliver. 

Abdallah says he plans to hire around 25 employees. Anyone interested in applying can call or text 708.639.8282 or email afssubsllc@gmail.com.  

Founded in 1983., Jimmy John’s has built its reputation on serving up fast and fresh sandwiches in communities across the country and is one of the fastest growing franchises in the U.S. with over 2,700 Jimmy John’s locations across 43 states. 

The new Jimmy John’s in Cicero will deliver sandwiches right to your door if you are inside the delivery area and offers convenient catering for any occasion. Customers can stop by the new location, call the store at 708.477.4949, or order online at online.jimmyjohns.com or through the Jimmy John’s mobile app.

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Cicero Chamber Partners with Morton 201 Foundation to host Auction

Cicero Chamber Partners with Morton 201 Foundation to host Auction English

Cicero Chamber Partners with Morton 201 Foundation to host Auction

The Morton 201 Foundation, in partnership with the Berwyn Development Corporation and the Cicero Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a Support Local Online Auction to benefit our Pay It Forward Scholarship Fund from November 28 to December 4.

Since 2019, the Pay It Forward Scholarship Fund has awarded 22 scholarships totaling $30,000. We want to keep that momentum going but we need your help to reach our fundraising goal of $25,000.

We know that 2020 was a challenging year for everyone and the Morton 201 Foundation wants to help promote local businesses while raising money for scholarships.

In exchange for your donation, businesses will be promoted on our online auction site, the Foundation’s website, social media platforms and included in all pre-auction promotional materials.

Businesses will also be acknowledged on the Berwyn Development Corporation and the Cicero Chamber of Commerce websites and social media platforms.

For more details or to make a donation, please contact Scott Goodman at 312-401-0527.

Cicero Chamber Partners with Morton 201 Foundation to host Auction English

 

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State offers support for local businesses in Cicero

Cicero Health Department staff provided vaccinations to all Cicero residents including to seniors. Photo courtesy of the Town of Cicero

Back to Business Grant Program Overview

As part of Governor JB Pritzker’s overall economic recovery strategy, the $250 million Back to Business (B2B) grant program aims to deploy small businesses recovery grants for those hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

State Representative Lisa Hernandez and Town President Larry Dominick and the Town of Cicero Board are supporting and promoting the program widely, and encourage local businesses to apply for the grant support.

The B2B grant program builds on the success of last year’s Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program – an equity focused business relief program, which directed $290 million to 9,000 businesses in 98 communities across Illinois.

B2B is a key component of the Governor’s $1.5 billion economic recovery plan, aimed toward a swift and equitable deployment of American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds that have been designated for Illinois to assist in recovery from the COVID pandemic.

To assist small businesses with the B2B application process and other upcoming or ongoing economic recovery grant programs offered at the State or federal level. DCEO has invested $9 million in support of Community Navigator organizations working in every region of the state.  These organizations will provide technical assistance to businesses, with a focus on underserved businesses including minority, rural, veteran and women-owned businesses.

Cicero Health Department staff provided vaccinations to all Cicero residents including to seniors. Photo courtesy of the Town of Cicero

Funding available:

  • $250 million to small businesses across the state that experienced losses in 2020 due to COVID-19, including the following set-asides.
    • $100 million – Businesses located in Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIAs). (See DIA Map below)
    • $30 million – Arts and Entertainment businesses that didn’t receive Shuttered Venue Operators grants
    • $25 million – Restaurants and taverns that didn’t receive the Restaurant Revitalization Fund
    • $25 million – Hotels
    • $25 million – Businesses that didn’t receive a BIG grant due to exhaustion of funds
  • Grants will range from $5,000 to $150,000 per business and can be used to cover a wide range of operations/staff/overhead costs
    • Up to $250,000 for hotels

Eligibility requirements:

  • Businesses with revenues of $20 million or less in 2019 and a reduction in revenue in 2020 due to COVID-19
    • $35 million or less for hotels
  • Priority will be given to the following categories:
    • Hard-hit industries (see eligibility guidelines for a full list of priority industries and their definitions)
    • Hard-hit areas – DIAs comprising of 176 zip codes
    • Businesses who have yet to qualify for state funding or federal assistance (including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), business Interruption Grant (BIG), Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG), and more)
    • Businesses that had less than $5 million in revenue in 2019
  • Learn about eligibility guidelines
  • Upon receiving an award, all grantees will need to sign the program Certification Agreement.

 How to apply:

  • Application Portal Now Open
    • Applications can be tracked in real-time
    • Allies for Community Business (A4CB), DCEO’s grant administrator, is now accepting applications (create an account first and then select your language of choice)

  • Learn about the information and documentation required
  • Documentation needed:
    • Business owner ID (ITIN business owners eligible)
    • Business’s 2019 AND 2020 Federal tax returns
    • Two (2) business bank statements – one from the period April through December 2020, and most recent statement
  • List of Frequently Asked Questions also available in: Spanish, Polish, Chinese, Hindi, and Arabic

Need help? Application assistance and webinars

Over 100 community navigators providing 1:1 regional support service for small businesses.  Find your community outreach partner including navigators, SBDCs, as well as DCEO Support Teams with the B2B search tool or view the list by name, county, or language service.

View recordings of past webinars:

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Job Fair August 26 at the Cicero Community Center

Job Fair August 26 at the Cicero Community Center

Job Fair August 26 at the Cicero Community Center

Job Fair hosted by Cicero Town President Larry Dominick and the Town of Cicero Board of Trustees at the Cicero Community Center 2250 S. 49th Avenue on Thursday August 26 from 4 PM to 7 PM. Co-sponsors include Lulac, the Cicero Chamber of Commerce, Cicero Local Business Committee, and the Cicero Mexican Cutural Committee.

Job Fair August 26 at the Cicero Community Center

 

Job Fair August 26 at the Cicero Community Center

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Post COVID Grant opportunities to help businesses

coronavirus COVID-19 virus courtesy of WIkipedia

Post COVID Grant opportunities to help businesses

Extra Funds to Help with Electric Bills: LIHEAP Supplemental

Starting this week, your constituents enrolled in LIHEAP within the last twelve months will start to receive a one-time payment in their utility accounts to help with unpaid bills or future costs. Around 227,000 Illinois households already enrolled in LIHEAP will receive about $36 million in federal funds. No action is required from you or your constituents. Thank 

Workforce Grant: Apprenticeship Expansion Program

What: The objective of this NOFO is to diversify apprenticeship programs and find innovative ways of employing the apprenticeship model to meet the needs of businesses, resulting in a total of 750 new registered apprenticeship programs by the end of 2024. It is Illinois’ goal to use this NOFO to increase apprenticeship opportunities for historically underrepresented populations.

Potential Applicants: Both public and private organizations that have the ability to grow apprenticeship programs are eligible.

How Much: Potentially 30 grants ranging between $75k and $350k. Up to $5.5 million in total grant funding.

Deadline: August 24th, 2021

Apply: Application materials are here.

 

Federal Grants

SBA Veteran Outreach Program

What: Organizations can apply for a grant to deliver their existing veteran federal procurement entrepreneurial training program to veteran-owned small businesses who intend to pursue or already engaged in federal procurement.

Potential Applicants: Non-profit organization or private sector firm

How Much: Up to $500,000, average of $250,000/award

Deadline: July 12, 2021

Apply: Grants.Gov

 

NEA American Rescue Plan Grants to Organizations

What: The National Endowment of Arts funding will support day-to-day operating costs. Awards are intended to impact a broad constituency, including organizations that serve populations that are underserved. The Arts Endowment funding is available through two separate competitive opportunities: Grants to Organizations and Grants to Local Arts Agencies for Subgranting.

Potential Applicants: Nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and units of state or local government. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the Arts Endowment.

How Much: $50,000-150,000

Deadline: August 12, 2021

Apply: Grants.Gov

 

NIST Manufacturing USA Technology Roadmap (MfgTech) Grant Program

What: Grants from the  National Institute of Standards and Technology will develop technology roadmaps for promising advanced manufacturing clusters by establishing new or strengthening existing industry-driven consortia that address high-priority research challenges to grow advanced manufacturing in the U.S. The emphasis of this NOFO is on technology roadmapping in areas of critical interest to the nation, including technology areas appropriate for potential future Manufacturing USA institutes.

Potential Applicants: Nearly every type of organization: non-profit, for-profit, units of government.

How Much: $300,000

Deadline: August 17, 2021

Apply: Grants.Gov

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Cicero Welcomes Golden Corral business

Cicero officials participate in ribbon cutting for new Golden Corral Rerstaurant

Cicero Welcomes Golden Corral business

Finally! Golden Corral is up and running and open for business. On Saturday, May 15th President Larry Dominick joined by his wife Diana Dominick along with Town Officials gathered together to celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting of this new business.

“What a great occasion for the Town of Cicero. As Town president the board always likes to improve the town and this is a big improvement,” said Town President Larry Dominick. “The people in the Town of Cicero are gonna love this place and I wish the owners nothing but success. We get 43,000 cars a day that go by here. Thank you for being here, keep up the good work it looks beautiful,” added President Dominick

“Golden Corral is the only one for everyone. If you are vegetarian we have many choices for a vegetarians, if you’re a meat lover we have our meat items for everybody, if you’re a dessert lover you can enjoy just the dessert bar and be in heaven. Our service is to die for. We love our guests. They are family to us,” said Maureen Edington Franchise Business Consultant for Golden Corral.

Cicero officials participate in ribbon cutting for new Golden Corral Rerstaurant
Cicero officials participate in ribbon cutting for new Golden Corral Rerstaurant

The day was filled with lots of photos being taken and celebration.

“We are very pleased to be here this morning for the ribbon cutting ceremony of this new restaurant, Golden Corral. The Town of Cicero continues to see a surge in the opening of new businesses and to be able to open a new business as we continue to fight this terrible covid pandemic is a real pleasure,” said Town Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias. “For the citizens of the town of Cicero not only does this restaurant bring quality food at affordable prices but it has also created jobs. We welcome Golden Corral to the Town of Cicero,” added Clerk Punzo-Arias.

“From the very beginning President Larry Dominick and Project Manager Craig Pesek were very excited to have us here and they were very helpful and supportive from day one. We are thrilled and honored to have a Golden Corral in Cicero,” said Linda Musaitif Co-Owner.

Golden Corral officially opened to the public on Monday May 17th. On that day a line formed outside the buffet by excited enthusiasts to be able to enter with their loved ones and enjoy the new restaurant in Town. The next day not even the rain stopped those from coming and forming a line. The owners even brought and handed out umbrellas to everyone. Every single day since its opening Golden Corral has seen long lines formed but at least the line is expected to move fast.

If you haven’t already, you can visit the Towns newest business located at 3330 S Cicero Ave.

Cicero officials participate in ribbon cutting for new Golden Corral Rerstaurant
Ribbon cutting for new Golden Corral Restaurant with staff and owners

 

Cicero da la bienvenida a Golden Corral

¡Finalmente! Golden Corral está en funcionamiento y abierto al público. El sábado 15 de mayo, el presidente Larry Dominick se unió a su esposa Diana Dominick y los funcionarios del municipio se reunieron para celebrar la gran inauguración y el corte de cinta de este nuevo negocio.

“Qué gran ocasión para el municipio de Cicero. Como presidente del municipio, a la junta siempre le gusta mejorar el municipio y esto es una gran mejora”, dijo el presidente del municipio, Larry Dominick. “A la gente del municipio de Cicero le va a encantar este lugar y les deseo a los dueños nada más que éxito. Recibimos 43,000 autos por día que pasan por aquí. Gracias por estar aquí, sigan con el buen trabajo, se ve hermoso”, agregó el presidente Dominick.

“Golden Corral es el único para todos. Si eres vegetariano, tenemos muchas opciones para vegetarianos, si eres un amante de la carne, tenemos nuestras carnes para todos, si eres un amante de los postres, puedes disfrutar solo del los postres y estar en el cielo. Nuestro servicio es para morirse. Amamos a nuestros huéspedes. Son una familia para nosotros “, dijo Maureen Edington, consultora comercial de franquicias de Golden Corral.

El día estuvo lleno de muchas fotos y celebraciones.

“Estamos muy contentos de estar aquí esta mañana para la ceremonia de corte de cinta de este nuevo restaurante, Golden Corral. El municipio de Cicero continúa viendo un aumento en la apertura de nuevos negocios y poder abrir un nuevo negocio a medida que continuamos luchar contra esta terrible pandemia de covid es un verdadero placer ”, dijo la secretaria municipal María Punzo-Arias. “Para los ciudadanos del municipio de Cicero, este restaurante no solo ofrece comida de calidad a precios asequibles, sino que también ha creado empleos. Damos la bienvenida a Golden Corral al municipio de Cicero”, agregó la secretaria municipal Punzo-Arias.

“Desde el principio, el presidente Larry Dominick y el gerente de proyectos Craig Pesek estaban muy emocionados de tenernos aquí y fueron de gran ayuda y apoyo desde el primer día. Estamos encantados y honrados de tener un Golden Corral en Cicero”, dijo Linda Musaitif Co- Dueña.

Golden Corral abrió oficialmente al público el lunes 17 de mayo. Ese día se formó una fila fuera del buffet por entusiastas emocionados para poder entrar con sus seres queridos y disfrutar del nuevo restaurante del municipio. Al día siguiente ni siquiera la lluvia impidió que vinieran y formaran una línea. Los propietarios incluso trajeron y repartieron paraguas a todo el mundo. Todos los días desde su apertura, Golden Corral ha visto formadas largas filas, pero al menos se espera que la línea se mueva rápido.

Si aún no lo ha hecho, puede visitar el negocio más nuevo del municipio ubicado en 3330 al sur de la avenida Cicero.

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Cicero Chamber of Commerce announces new Interim Board members

Members of the Cicero Chamber of Commerce Interim Board pose with leaders of the Town of Cicero as they launch their new board membership. April 2021

Cicero Chamber of Commerce announces new Interim Board members

Town President Larry Dominick and the Town of Cicero Board of Trustees welcomed the members of the Cicero Chamber of Commerce Interim Board of Directors. The new Interim board is in formation and will be electing officers soon to oversee the programs and services to the Chambers more than 200 members.
The Cicero Chamber of Commerce was relaunched in 2018 organizing many activities and seminars, but suspended activities in early 2020 because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The new board will soon announce their officers and begin organizing meetings for business owners from Cicero and licensed Cicero businesses. For more information visit the Chamber’s website at www.CiceroChamberofCommerce.com
Members of the Cicero Chamber of Commerce Interim Board pose with leaders of the Town of Cicero as they launch their new board membership. April 2021
Members of the Cicero Chamber of Commerce Interim Board pose with leaders of the Town of Cicero as they launch their new board membership. April 2021
Here are the new Interim Board members.
· Juan Del Real, All State Insurance
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· Annette Reule, Ziyad Brothers Importing.
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· Miguel Garro, PNC/ AVP Branch Manager
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· Antonio Grigorio-Sleivys, President, Santa Fe & Associates.
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· Nivram Morelia Espinosa, Owner, Las Michoacanas Ice Cream Shop
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· Sam Dahle. Liquor Store.
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· Jim Baker, CBC board member & Oak Park Copiers
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· Jose Luis Espinosa, US Auto Parts
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· Andy Peña, El Campeon de las Piñas
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· Edward Velasquez, Velasquez Automatic Music Company
Attending the meeting supporting the new Interim board were Maru Ayala, Cicero Hispanic Liaison, Blanca Vargas, Cicero Hispanic Liaison, Cicero Clerk, Maria Punzo-Arias, Cicero Collector Emo Cundari, Trustees Larry Banks and Victor Garcia, Cicero Town Spokesman and interim Chamber coordinator Ray Hanania, members of th CIcero Business Committee Jeff Davis and Craig Pesek. Business Director Ismael Vargas was also present to support the new Chamber board.
“We want to give the new Chamber leadership as much support as possible to restore this very important organization and to organize events, programs and serve as a conduit between the Town and the business community,” President Dominick said.
“The Chamber is important to our community. We are proud of the many new businesses that have relocated to the Town of Cicero bringing many new jobs but we understand the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has created and the Chamber’s role is even more important today. We wish them good luck.”
Nivram Morelia Espinosa, Owner, Las Michoacanas Ice Cream Shop ·
Nivram Morelia Espinosa, Owner, Las Michoacanas Ice Cream Shop
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Jim Baker, CBC board member & Oak Park Copiers
Jim Baker, CBC board member & Oak Park Copiers

 

Annette Ruele, Ziyad Brothers Importing.
Annette Ruele, Ziyad Brothers Importing.

 

Edward Velasquez, Velasquez Automatic Music Company
Edward Velasquez, Velasquez Automatic Music Company

 

Miguel Garro, PNC/ AVP Branch Manager
Miguel Garro, PNC/ AVP Branch Manager

 

Antonio Grigorio-Sleivys, President, Santa Fe & Associates.
Antonio Grigorio-Sleivys, President, Santa Fe & Associates.

 

Juan Del Real, All State Insurance
Juan Del Real, All State Insurance

 

Sam Dahle. Liquor Station Store.
Sam Dahle. Liquor Station Store.

 

Jose Luis Espinosa, US Auto Parts
Jose Luis Espinosa, US Auto Parts
(Not pictured is Andy Peña, El Campeon de las Piñas Coladas.)