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State of Illinois announces nearly $1 million for Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

Rosa Gaytan, administrative assistant to State Rep. Lisa Hernandez, addresses attendees. Seated are (from left) Pedro Pineda from the Illinois Central Management Office (CMS)., Manuel Lopez, Regional Economic Development Manager of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, and Joe McKeown from “Team RED." Photo courtesy of the Town of Cicero

State of Illinois announces nearly $1 million for Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

Funds will Enable Businesses Throughout Illinois to Identify, Compete for, and Win Government Contracts – Deadline to Apply is July 10, 2020

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced a new grant opportunity for the renewal or establishment of new Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) – a statewide network focused on matching small business with governmental entities seeking goods and services that the businesses offer.

Through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) released today, the State will make up to $816,000 available in federal and state funds for new or existing community-based PTACs to offer continued support in helping small businesses become certified so they can identify and obtain contracts with local government and their contractors.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

“PTACs are another powerful tool we have to support the growth of Illinois’ small businesses by helping them bid on and land government contracts,” said Michael Negron, Assistant Director of DCEO. “Our PTACs are doing critical work in strengthening our communities and rebuilding the state by connecting hundreds of our small business to serve as vendors on state, local and federal contracts.”

The Illinois PTACs are the portal for small businesses looking to enter the world of government contracting. These centers provide one-on-one counseling, technical information, market research and training to existing businesses interested in selling their goods and services to local, state, and/or federal government agencies. The Illinois PTAC collaborates with Department of Defense (DoD) and other Federal, State, and local agencies working cooperatively with them to accomplish the mission of this program.

PTACs play a critical role in helping small businesses apply for lucrative government contracts. In fact, Illinois businesses won nearly 800 government contracts – worth over $1.1 billion in FY 2019, with the help of the Illinois PTAC program, while creating 489 and saving 693 jobs. The matching grant will allow current and proposed new centers to provide technical assistance through the employment of professional, experienced advisors and may cover costs associated with salary, fringe benefits, facility and indirect costs associated with the PTAC.

“Access to government contracts is very important for the growth of minority owned companies in our state. Having an Illinois PTAC at IHCC is crucial for the development of our business community,” said Angie Alonso, Director of Illinois PTAC at IL Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The Illinois PTAC program has served as a statewide resource for businesses to obtain procurement technical assistance services for the over 35 years. There are currently cooperative agreements with 7 host organizations that serve the entire state. These local centers provide procurement technical assistance at 9 physical locations.

To help more minority- and women-owned businesses become certified for government work, PTACs provide one-on-one guidance and training on the local, state, and federal minority and women business certification programs.

“For firms interested in competing in the government market, Illinois PTACs provide the education, tools, research and support necessary for them to enhance their capacity and ability to successfully compete, “ said Emilia DiMenco, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Business Development Center, who operates an Illinois PTAC at their center.

In addition to guidance on certification, PTACs host focused outreach events and collaboration with other state and federal agency efforts targeting these special groups. PTACs make a concerted effort to seek out and assist small business concerns, Small Disadvantaged Businesses concerns (SDB), Women-Owned Small Businesses concerns (WOSB), HUBZone small business concerns, and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business concerns (SDVOSB), historically black colleges or universities and Minority Institutions (HCBCU/MIs).

Eligible applicants will include qualified Illinois universities, colleges, chambers of commerce and other non-profit business development related organizations that are interested in hosting and operating an Illinois PTAC. All eligible organizations interested in becoming an Illinois PTAC are invited to submit an application to the NOFO, found HERE.

For interested applicants, an optional Technical Assistance Informational meeting will take place on June 17, 2020 at 10 AM Please register by clicking the following link: Join meeting. The meeting number (access code) is: 285 495 267; meeting password: anHXKgFQ553; for call-in: 1-312-535-8110.

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COVID-19 restrictions eased for Restaurants, Bars and Salons

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COVID-19 restrictions eased for Restaurants, Bars and Salons

The Town of Cicero Business License Department released new guidelines based on the directives set by the STate of Illinois for the expansion of services by restaurants, bars and salons during the coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.

For further information or details, contact Business License Director Ismael Vargas.

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Here are each of the notices separated (Bars, Salons, Restaurants) to make it easier for each industry to focus on their concerns.

BARS

Attention Cicero Businesses:

We are happy to announce, by order of the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois, that all bars can open for temporary outdoor-person dining beginning, Monday, June 01st, 2020. For all the bars in Cicero, we will be allowing a TEMPORARY opportunity to have outdoor-person dining during the COVID-19 pandemic or until further notice. However, prior to opening your establishment for temporary outdoor-person dining, you must submit a plan and sketch detailing how and where you will have the outdoor-dining service offered to the public by email to ivargas@thetownofcicero.com along with your phone number, and I, the Business License Director, will contact you when everything has been temporarily approved. If you are not able to submit said plans and drawings via email you may also come and submit them in person to the Town of Cicero’s Business License Department. Your sketch must include the location of where you will be placing the temporary outdoor dining service and measurements of how far apart you plan to have the tables, chairs, host podium, etc. There is still NO DINE-IN allowed in any bars at this time.

In addition, all bars must continue to follow the Illinois Department of Commerce guidelines at all times. All guidelines can be found attached to this letter and can also be found online at https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo /pages/restoreILP3.aspx. All signs that need to be displayed at your establishment when you open for outdoor-person dining can also be found at said website. In addition, all bars in Cicero must follow the Noise Ordinance during if planning to have outdoor dining.

Any businesses defying this order or the Illinois Department of Commerce guidelines will be shut down immediately and may be issued a ticket or ordinance violation and may have their business and liquor license suspended or revoked. Our Town President Larry Dominick and Board of Trustees are working together to make our community a safe place for all of our residents and businesses. So we ask for your understanding so we can all work together in keeping our Town as safe as possible during these times. Should you have any additional questions or concerns please contact us at 708-656-3600 Ext. 165 and we will be more than happy to address your questions or concerns.

We know that together we will overcome this unfortunate situation.

Atención Negocios de la Cuidad de Cícero:

Estamos contentos de anunciar, por la orden de la Oficina del Gobernador del Estado de Illinois, que todas las bares pueden abrir temporalmente solo para comer afuera al aire libre “temporary outdoor-person dining” a partir de lunes, 01 de Junio de 2020. Para todos los bares de Cícero estaremos permitiendo una oportunidad TEMPORAL de cenar en persona al aire libre durante la pandemia COVID-19 o hasta nuevo aviso. Sin embargo, antes de abrir su establecimiento para temporalmente comer al aire libre, usted debe enviar por correo electrónico planes y dibujos detallando cómo y dónde tendrá el servicio de comida al aire libre ofrecido al público a ivargas@thetownofcicero.com junto con su número de teléfono y yo, el Director de Licencias de Negocios, me pondré en contacto con usted cuando todo haya sido aprobado temporalmente. Si no puedes enviar dichos planes y dibujos por correo electrónico, también puedes venir al Departamento de Licencias de Negocios de la Ciudad de Cícero para entregarlos. Su dibujo debe incluir en donde va a colocar el servicio de comedor al aire libre y las medidas de lo lejos que planea tener las mesas, sillas, etc. Todavía NO SE PERMITE COMER ADENTRO DEL LOS BARES “DINE-IN” en este momento.

Además, todos los bares deben seguir las reglas del Departamento de Comercio de Illinois en todo momento. Todas las reglas se pueden encontrar adjuntas a esta carta y también se pueden encontrar en línea en https:// www2.illinois.gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx. Todos los letreros que necesitan ser mostrados en su establecimiento cuando usted abre para servir comida al aire libre se pueden encontrar en dicho sitio web. Además, todos los bares de Cícero deben seguir la Ordenanza de Ruido durante la planificación de comer al aire libre.

Los negocios que desafían esta orden o las reglas del Departamento de Comercio de Illinois serán cerrados inmediatamente y pueden recibir una multa o una infracción de la Ordenanza y pueden tener sus licencias de negocio y licor suspendidas o revocadas. El presidente de la ciudad, Larry Dominick y la Mesa de Directivos están trabajando juntos para hacer nuestra comunidad un lugar seguro para todos nuestros residentes y negocios. Así que pedimos su cooperación para que todos podamos trabajar juntos en mantener nuestra ciudad lo más segura posible durante estos tiempos. Si tiene cualquier pregunta adicional o preocupaciones por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros al 708-656-3600 Ext. 165.

Sabemos que juntos superaremos esta desafortunada situación.

 

Salons

Attention Cicero Businesses:

We are happy to announce, by order of the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois all Barber, Beauty, and Nail Salons can open beginning, Monday, June 01st, 2020. However, all said businesses must follow the Illinois Department of Commerce Guidelines at all times. All guidelines can be found attached to this letter and can also be found online at https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/pages/ restoreILP3.aspx. All signs needing to be displayed at your establishment when you open can also be found at said website.

Any businesses defying this order will be shut down immediately and may be issued a ticket or ordinance violation and may have their business licenses suspended or revoked. Our Town President Larry Dominick and Board of Trustees are working together to make our community a safe place for all of our residents and businesses. So we ask for your understanding so we can all work together in keeping our Town as safe as possible during these times. Should you have any additional questions or concerns please contact us at 708-656-3600 Ext. 165 and we will be more than happy to address your questions or concerns.

We know that together we will overcome this unfortunate situation.

 

Atención Negocios de la Cuidad de Cícero:

Estamos contentos de anunciar, por orden de la Oficina del Gobernador del Estado de Illinois todos los Salones de Peluquería, Belleza y Uñas pueden abrir a partir del lunes, 01 de junio de 2020. Sin embargo, todas estas empresas deben seguir las reglas del Departamento de Comercio de Illinois en todo momento. Todas las reglas se pueden encontrar adjuntas a esta carta y también se pueden encontrar en línea en https://www2.illinois .gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx. Todos los letreros que necesitan ser mostrados en su establecimiento cuando usted abre se pueden encontrar en dicho sitio web.

Los negocios que desafían esta orden serán cerrados inmediatamente y pueden recibir una multa o una infracción de la Ordenanza y pueden tener sus licencias de negocio suspendidas o revocadas. El presidente de la ciudad, Larry Dominick y la Mesa de Directivos están trabajando juntos para hacer nuestra comunidad un lugar seguro para todos nuestros residentes y negocios. Así que pedimos su cooperación para que todos podamos trabajar juntos en mantener nuestra ciudad lo más segura posible durante estos tiempos. Si tiene cualquier pregunta adicional o preocupaciones por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros al 708-656-3600 Ext. 165.

Sabemos que juntos superaremos esta desafortunada situación.

Restaurants

Attention Cicero Businesses:

We are happy to announce, by order of the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois, all restaurants may now allow customers to enter the establishment to place their food orders for carry-out or to pick-up their food orders. However, there may only be 2-3 customers inside the establishment at a time and they must be standing 6 feet apart while they wait to receive their orders. There is still NO DINE-IN allowed in any restaurants at this time.

We are also happy to announce, by order of the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois, that all restaurants can open for temporary outdoor-person dining beginning, Monday, June 01st, 2020. For all the restaurants in Cicero, we will be allowing a TEMPORARY opportunity to have outdoor-person dining during the COVID-19 pandemic or until further notice. However, prior to opening your establishment for temporary outdoor-person dining, you must submit a plan and sketch detailing how and where you will have the outdoor-dining service offered to the public by email to ivargas@thetownofcicero.com along with your phone number, and I, the Business License Director, will contact you when everything has been temporarily approved. If you are not able to submit said plans and drawings via email you may also come and submit them in person to the Town of Cicero’s Business License Department. Your sketch must include the location of where you will be placing the temporary outdoor dining service and measurements of how far apart you plan to have the tables, chairs, host podium, etc.

In addition, all restaurants must continue to follow the Illinois Department of Commerce guidelines at all times. All guidelines can be found attached to this letter and can also be found online at https://www2.illinois. gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx. All signs that need to be displayed at your establishment when you open for outdoor-person dining can also be found at said website.

Any businesses defying this order or the Illinois Department of Commerce guidelines will be shut down immediately and may be issued a ticket or ordinance violation and may have their business license suspended or revoked. Our Town President Larry Dominick and Board of Trustees are working together to make our community a safe place for all of our residents and businesses. So we ask for your understanding so we can all work together in keeping our Town as safe as possible during these times. Should you have any additional questions or concerns please contact us at 708-656-3600 Ext. 165 and we will be more than happy to address your questions or concerns.

We know that together we will overcome this unfortunate situation.

 

Atención Negocios de la Cuidad de Cícero:

Estamos contentos de anunciar, por la orden de la Oficina del Gobernador del Estado de Illinois, que todos los restaurantes ahora pueden permitir a los clientes entrar en el establecimiento para poner su orden de comida para llevar o para recoger su orden de comida. Sin embargo, sólo puede haber 2-3 clientes dentro del establecimiento a la vez y deben estar separados a 6 pies mientras esperan para recibir su orden. Todavía NO SE PERMITE COMER ADENTRO DEL RESTAURANTE “DINE-IN”en este momento.

También estamos contentos de anunciar, por la orden de la Oficina del Gobernador del Estado de Illinois, que todas las restaurantes pueden abrir temporalmente solo para comer afuera al aire libre “temporary outdoor-person dining” a partir de lunes, 01 de Junio de 2020. Para todos los restaurantes de Cícero estaremos permitiendo una oportunidad TEMPORAL de cenar en persona al aire libre durante la pandemia COVID-19 o hasta nuevo aviso. Sin embargo, antes de abrir su establecimiento para temporalmente comer al aire libre, usted debe enviar por correo electrónico planes y dibujos detallando cómo y dónde tendrá el servicio de comida al aire libre ofrecido al público a ivargas@thetownofcicero.comjunto con su número de teléfono y yo, el Director de Licencias de Negocios, me pondré en contacto con usted cuando todo haya sido aprobado temporalmente. Si no puedes enviar dichos planes y dibujos por correo electrónico, también puedes venir al Departamento de Licencias de Negocios de la Ciudad de Cícero para entregarlos. Su dibujo debe incluir en donde va a colocar el servicio de comedor al aire libre y las medidas de lo lejos que planea tener las mesas, sillas, etc.

Además, todos los restaurantes deben seguir las reglas del Departamento de Comercio de Illinois en todo momento. Todas las reglas se pueden encontrar adjuntas a esta carta y también se pueden encontrar en línea en https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx. Todos los letreros que necesitan ser mostrados en su establecimiento cuando usted abre para servir comida al aire libre se pueden encontrar en dicho sitio web.

Los negocios que desafían esta orden o las reglas del Departamento de Comercio de Illinois serán cerrados inmediatamente y pueden recibir una multa o una infracción de la Ordenanza y pueden tener sus licencias de negocio suspendidas o revocadas. El presidente de la ciudad, Larry Dominick y la Mesa de Directivos están trabajando juntos para hacer nuestra comunidad un lugar seguro para todos nuestros residentes y negocios. Así que pedimos su cooperación para que todos podamos trabajar juntos en mantener nuestra ciudad lo más segura posible durante estos tiempos. Si tiene cualquier pregunta adicional o preocupaciones por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros al 708-656-3600 Ext. 165.

Sabemos que juntos superaremos esta desafortunada situación.

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Governor’s Guidelines for Easing Restrictions on Businesses under Phase 3

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Governor’s Guidelines for Easing Restrictions on Businesses under Phase 3

On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan that will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with marked by distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. The Restore Illinois plan recognizes that the economy will start growing again when consumers feel that it is safe to return to work, shop and dine out, and engage in social and recreational activities. Under the Restore Illinois framework, certain businesses and activities are allowed to resume in Phase 3 with IDPH-approved safety guidance in place.

Read the Plan

To prepare businesses and employers to implement the new safety guidelines and to bring many residents back to work, the State of Illinois has developed this business toolkit complete with signage, training checklists, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest and greatest public health recommendations.

Phase 3 guidelines span 10 different industry categories. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.

Common Guidelines for all Phase 3 Businesses and Operations to follow can be found in the Phase 3 Business Toolkit.

For Industry definitions and guidelines, please see below:

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Manufacturing
Manufacturing facilities such as plants, factories and mills

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Health and Fitness Centers
Gyms, fitness centers, yoga, dance, cycling, pilates, barre studios, and other customer-facing fitness centers

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Offices
Non-customer-facing offices such as: legal; accounting services; architectural/engineering design; and other professional services

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Personal Care Services
Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas, waxing centers, tattoo parlors

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Retail
Retailers and merchandisers such as: grocery stores; hardware stores; clothing stores; pharmacies; department stores; shopping malls

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Outdoor Recreation
Customer facing services such as driving ranges, outdoor shooting ranges, paintball courses, outdoor adventure parks

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Service Counters
Stores providing assorted services for dropped off goods, such as: dry cleaners; electronics repair shops; shoe repair shops; car washes

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Day Camps
Recreational youth programs such as sports camps, recreational camps, educational camps

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Youth Sports
Youth sports games or matches, group sports lessons, team or group sports practices (no competitive sports permitted in Phase 3)

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Restaurants and Bars (outdoor dining and drinking)
Full-service restaurants, limited-service restaurants, snacks bars, taverns, and other food and beverage businesses

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Additionally, the State of Illinois is providing new guidelines for indoor/outdoor tennis, as well as revised guidelines for boating and fishing and for golf.

For more on latest guidelines for places of worship and religious services, please view safety guidelines on IDPH’s website.

We also encourage businesses to go above and beyond this guidance in prioritizing the safety and health of their workers and customers.

If you have read the industry safety guidelines above and have other specific questions or comments about how Phase 3 affects your business or employees, please feel free to get in touch with DCEO. For direct support, contact our Business Hotline Monday through Friday at 1-800-252-2923, or email at: ceo.support@illinois.gov.

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Experts discuss ways for businesses to survive Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

Vanessa Parrish, Director of Corporate Education at Morton College

Video: Experts discuss ways for businesses to survive Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

The Town of Cicero, the Cicero Chamber of Commerce and Morton College on May 19, 2020 hosted an online workshop to help businesses survive the coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic using Zoom online technology.

Speakers discussed ways to businesses to survive and explore strategies to adapt their businesses to the new environment of social distancing and personal contact restrictions.

Morton College business leader Ashley Swint discusses strategies for businesses to survive in the COVID-19 Pandemic during a Zoom Video Conference held on May 19, 2020 sponsored by Morton College, the Town of Cicero and the Cicero Chamber of Commerce.

A special Online, live Video Seminar with speakers who will help businesses navigate through the impact of the coronavirus.

Ashley Swint holds a BA in Fashion Marketing & Management and an MBA in Marketing. She is an Adjunct Business instructor at Morton College and have been teaching Business and Marketing courses in Higher Education for 10 years. Along with my classroom experience I have spent 15 years working in marketing both in Healthcare and Apparel sectors. Along with teaching, I run a marketing consulting firm for small businesses.

Ashley Swint, Adjunct Business instructor at Morton College and have been teaching Business and Marketing courses in Higher Education
Ashley Swint, Adjunct Business instructor at Morton College and have been teaching Business and Marketing courses in Higher Education

Vanessa Parrish, Director of Corporate Education at Morton College

As a graduate of Health Systems Management from Loyola University, Parrish has worked in healthcare the majority of my career, with the additional experience in business management.

Currently, Parrish is the Director of Corporate Education at Morton College.

Vanessa Parrish, Director of Corporate Education at Morton College
Vanessa Parrish, Director of Corporate Education at Morton College

Ismael Vargas is the Business License Department Director for the Town of Cicero. Vargas has been a community activist for years and is also the chairman of the Cicero Clergy Committee and a member of the Cicero Chamber of Commerce.

Ray Hanania is a former award winning Chicago City Hall reporter and now spokesman for the Town of Cicero. He is the coordinator for the New Cicero Chamber of Commerce and a veteran strategic communications consultant.

Ismael Vargas, Cicero Director of Business Licenses
Ismael Vargas, Cicero Director of Business Licenses

For information on the Live Webinar, Email Ray Hanania at RHanania@ThetownofCicero.com

Morton College, The Town of Cicero and the Cicero Chamber of Commerce will host more free online workshops to help local businesses. Check back here for more information regularly or subscribe to our free Chamber Newsletter.

Click here to view the video online or use the widget below to watch and listen to the seminar panelists.

Click here to view the PowerPoint Presentation: 05-19-20 Ashley Swint PowerPoint Presentation


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Updates from Cook County Board President Preckwinkle

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Bureau of Economic Development | May 8, 2020

Community Recover Initiative

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There’s Still Time and Paycheck Protection Program Funding!

Don’t Miss Your Chance – There’s still time to qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program. Don’t miss your chance – money is still available! If you are a small business, nonprofit, gig worker, or church interested in applying for this program, there is still time.

Complete this form today

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The Bureau of Economic Development Invests $154K to Help Suburban Shelter Efforts for those Experiencing Homelessness

The Bureau of Economic Development (BED) released $154,000 in grant funding to support the increased needs of the suburban Cook County areas’ homeless system. Due to COVID-19, most suburban shelter agencies are moving to a hotel-based model for sheltering individuals who are experiencing homelessness. Working with the Alliance to End Homelessness and its member agencies, BED aims to provide a safe shelter solution for people in the suburban region. BED is coordinating with the Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security and the Cook County Department of Public Health to access emergency financial support through FEMA. Additional funding is forthcoming through the Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant provided through the federal CARES Act.  Read the press release here.

Find out about the Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County here.

Learn about the CARES Act here.

Census 2020 – What You Can do this Week

  • Encourage completing the Census using this image and sample post:“You can still fill out the Census even during the ‘stay home order.’ From the comfort of your own home, you can fill out the Census by phone, mail, and online! Be counted and flatten the curve. #CookCountyCensus #MakeILCount #BeCounted #Census2020”
  • Share our community’s health matters using this image and sample post:“DYK decisions about healthcare resources are impacted by the Census? Fill out the Census today and help share the future for your family and your community. #CookCountyCensus #MakeILCount #BeCounted #Census2020”
  • Use the Census graphics located here to change your background on your next video call, draft a newsletter blurb, or share kids activity sheets with your family. Need help? Let us know!

Upcoming Virtual Events

Business Perspectives and Best Practices During COVID-19 – Join the Conversation:

  • Monday, May 11, at 11:30 am – Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation‘s Reggie Greenwood is hosting a Google Hangout for people to share ideas and strategies for responding to COVID-19. Join with Google Meet or by phone +1 413-276-7842 (PIN: 470909883).
  • Tuesday, May 12, at 1:00 pm, CST – Manufacturing Partnership Peer Sharing is hosting a virtual discussion for manufacturers and public partners involved in the Next-Gen Manufacturing Partnership to discuss how people are mobilizing in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Join via – Zoom link here or Dial-in: (646) 876-9923  ID: 955 9791 6506.
  • Wednesday, May 13, at 10:00 am – The Bureau of Economic Development and Daley College are co-hosting a webinar for Manufacturers to share how to use apprenticeships to attract and retain talent. Featured speakers include Ed Miniat and the Principal Manufacturing group. Register today! 
  • Thursday, May 14, at 1:00 pm  –  National COVID-19 Response Peer Sharing is hosting an open virtual forum for Next-Gen practitioners and business leaders in all industries to connect and exchange experiences in how your partnerships are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Please come prepared to share best practices and ask questions. Join via Zoom link Dial-in: (646) 876-9923 Meeting ID: 917 5101 9747.

In Case You Missed It

  • Bureau Chief Xochitl Flores with Telemundo talking about the work of our Bureau and business recovery efforts.

COVID-19 Resources

Cook County’s Response and Resources

Cook County Department of Public Health

Illinois COVID-19 Resources

Chicago COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control

Cook County Community Recovery Initiative

City Bureau COVID Resource Finder

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Paycheck Protection Program Loan Information

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Information

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

Click here for more information.

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Illinois Department of Commerce Survey on COVID-19 impact on businesses

Illinois Department of Commerce Survey on COVID-19 impact on businesses

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) in partnership with the strategy consulting firm, Milpa Services, are conducting a statewide survey to measure the COVID-19 impact on Latinx business owners in Illinois. If you are a Latinx business owner in Illinois, please consider completing the 8-10 minute survey in English or Spanish.
Deadline to complete the survey is May 15, 2020.
COVID-19 Resources for Latinx Small Business Owners
DCEO’s Latino Business Development manager will be hosting a series of webinars focusing on Latinx small businesses in collaboration with DCEO’s – Regional Economic Development member, Manuel Lopez, in English or Spanish. Please note, the below webinars are open to all Illinois small business owners. However, DCEO recognizes that there are unique challenges that Latinx business owners face and will speak to those concerns in this webinar series.
If you have questions, contact Diana Alfaro at diana.alfaro@illinois.gov.
You will receive an email with a web link the day before the webinar.
  • Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (English)
Statewide focus with co-host: Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Register HERE 
  • Tuesday, May 5, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Spanish)
Rockford focus area with co-host: City of Rockford. Register HERE
  • Friday, May 8, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (English – FAQ will accept questions in English or Spanish)
Northwest region focus with co-host: Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, please register at HERE.
COVID-19 Resources for Latinx Small Business Owners (SPANISH)
El Departamento de Comercio y Oportunidad Económica (DCEO por sus siglas en inglés) tendrá un seminario web (webinar) para explicar los recursos disponibles para aquellos negocios pequeños impactados por el coronavirus. Antes del evento, usted recibirá un correo electrónico con los detalles para participar.
  • Martes, 5 de Mayo de 2020 (Español) – Coanfitrión: Cuidad de Rockford (área de Rockford enfocado), 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (CDT). Para registrarse haga clic aquí
COVID-19 Resources for Latina business owners
DCEO’s Women’s Business Development Manager, Ibie Hart will be hosting an “All in for Women” series of webinars focusing on women-owned small businesses.
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
To register or to see a complete list of women focused events for all identities. Visit: https://bit.ly/3eNNC1S
If you have questions, please contact Ibie at Ibie.Hart@Illinois.gov.
The web link will be sent the day before.
To find out more about DCEO-OMEE events, visit: https://bit.ly/3dbpOU3
or email ceo.omee@illinois.gov to join the OMEE mailing list.
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US Government Resources for Illinois

President Donald Trump. Photo courtesy of the White House

US Government Resources for Illinois

Illinois State and Local Partners,

Thank you for your continued efforts in the whole-of-America approach to respond to and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the benefit of the people of Illinois. As you know, our citizens are best served when response is locally executed, State managed and Federally supported. The Federal government scales best practices, coordinates key priorities, provides regulatory flexibilities, guidance, and key resources to supplement, but not replace, private sector, local, and state resources. On January 31, the Trump Administration declared the coronavirus a public health emergency. The declaration set in motion the Trump Administration’s whole-of-government approach to protecting the health of Americans in response to the coronavirus. Working in partnership with State, Local, and Tribal leaders, the President and Administration have and continue to leverage all resources to respond to the coronavirus, bringing together government and private industry in a collaborative response.

President Donald Trump. Photo courtesy of the White House
President Donald Trump. Photo courtesy of the White House

Attached, please find a Fact Sheet (The Trump Administration Is Supporting the People of Illinois) overviewing Federal coordination and assistance provided to the State of Illinois and the people of Illinois to combat the coronavirus. The attached information is bolstered by hundreds of additional actions by the Federal Government to help the people of Illinois in partnership with State and local leaders. The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (WH IGA) will continue to share pertinent information as it becomes available. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office if we can be of assistance. As a reminder, WH IGA is the primary liaison between the White House and the country’s State and Local elected officials and Tribal Governments.

Sincerely,

The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

William F. Crozer

Special Assistant to the President/Deputy Director

White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

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COVID-19: Important Resources for State, Local, and Tribal Officials

  • Guidelines for Opening Up America Again: On Thursday, April 17, President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force unveiled new guidelines (download here) for the reopening of America. Developed by the top medical experts from across the Government and based on verifiable metrics regarding the situation on the ground, the guidelines outline a phased return to reopening and include specific steps for State, Local, and Tribal officials to follow in tailoring their response. The guidelines also set clear benchmarks on new cases, testing, and hospital resources for States to meet to proceed toward a phased reopening. In the days and weeks ahead, the Administration plans to continue robust coordination and outreach with State, Local, and Tribal leaders as we collectively work to reopen the country.
  • Coronavirus Guidelines for America: On Tuesday, March 31, the White House announced updated Coronavirus Guidelines for America (Español), extending social distancing efforts through April 30. On April 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance recommending individuals wear cloth face coveringsin public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies, particularly in areas of significant community-based transmission. On April 8, CDC also provided guidelines regarding when people in critical infrastructure roles can return to work after being exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. Additional information on critical infrastructure below.
  • Up-To-Date Information: The most up-to-date, verified information and guidance can be found via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 website – www.coronavirus.gov. The Coronavirus Task Force holds frequent briefings, which can be viewed live here.
  • COVID-19 Response and Recovery Primer: Response and recovery efforts are locally executed, state managed, and federally supported. It is important that requests for assistance, including for critical supplies, get routed through the proper channels as soon as possible. Learn more about the response and recovery process via this important resource – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Response and Recovery Through Federal-State-Local-Tribal Partnership. FEMA’s public assistance guidance for COVID-19 response efforts can be found here. Guidance for Tribal Governments can be found here.
  • Critical Infrastructure Workforce Guidelines: On March 16th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued updated critical infrastructure guidance in response to the COVID-19 emergency. DHS issued revised guidance on March 28th (seeMemorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response). The guidance, and accompanying list, is intended to help State, local, tribal and territorial officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. The list is advisory in nature and is not a federal directive or standard.
  • Rural Resource Guide: USDA and Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs can support recovery efforts for rural residents, businesses, and communities. USDA developed a resource guide for State, Local, and Tribal leaders, and other stakeholders.
  • Coronavirus Fact vs. Myth: Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis. FEMA setup a website to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Fraud & Scam Protection: The Department of Justice is remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis. Find out how you can protect yourself and helpful resources on DOJ’s Coronavirus Fraud Preventionwebsite. The Federal Trade Commission has also established a website with helpful information to help consumers avoid coronavirus-related scams.
  • Social Media Resources: Download the Apple COVID-19 Screening Tool. Follow the White House on Twitter and Facebook. Also follow HHS (Twitter/Facebook) and CDC (Twitter/Facebook) You can also find informational videos from Coronavirus Task Force members on mitigation, social distancing, etc. on the White House’s YouTube page.
  • Mental Health Resources: Natural disasters – including such pandemics as the coronavirus outbreak – can be overwhelming and also can seriously affect emotional health. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline – 1-800-985-5990 (or text TalkWithUs to 66746) – provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to anyone who is seeking help in coping with the mental or emotional effects caused by developments related to the coronavirus pandemic.  Learn more about the Disaster Distress Helpline here.
  • Administration Actions and Federal Agency Resources: USA.gov is cataloging all U.S. government activities related to coronavirus. From actions on health and safety to travel, immigration, and transportation to education, find pertinent actions here. Each Federal Agency has also established a dedicated coronavirus website, where you can find important information and guidance. They include: Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Education (DoED), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of State (DOS), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of the Treasury (USDT), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC).
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Athletico expands Telehealth for Physical and Occupational Therapy in response to COVID-19

Athletico expands Telehealth for Physical and Occupational Therapy in response to COVID-19

PT Leader’s Patient-Centric Approach Allows Patients to Continue Therapy from Their Homes

With physical and occupational therapy services officially identified as “essential services” and part of the nation’s “critical infrastructure” by state and federal officials, Athletico Physical Therapy clinics remain open to ensure patients recovering from injuries can continue their treatments uninterrupted.

In addition, Athletico, which has an office in Cicero at 1621 S Cicero Avenue, announced  it has expanded its telehealth offering for physical and occupational therapy to meet the evolving needs of patients and communities affected by COVID-19. While continuing to offer in-clinic appointments, Athletico will allow new and existing patients – who prefer to remain at home for their treatment sessions – the ability to connect with clinicians through a secure live internet video feed, in the comfort of their homes, through smartphones, tablets or home computers.

“The health and safety of all Athletico patients, employees and the communities in which we operate is our top priority,” said Ron Rodgers, CEO of Athletico Physical Therapy.

“Expanding Athletico’s telehealth offering ensures current patient treatments continue uninterrupted and that new patients can begin managing chronic pain or recovering from injury while practicing social distancing as advised by public health officials. Delaying treatment for these patients can not only interrupt the improvement that they’re experiencing but actually cause them to regress. That’s why we’re committed to doing everything we can to continue treating our patients as safely as possible, while also protecting our employees and local communities.”

Patients can schedule a telehealth appointment on Athletico’s website, by calling their local Athletico clinic or by calling 877-ATHLETICO (284-5384). When the virtual appointment takes place, a clinician from the patient’s local Athletico clinic will connect with the patient through Zoom’s video conference app or FaceTime if the patient has an iPhone, iPad or Mac computer.

Athletico clinicians have significant experience in both assessing injuries and providing treatment with telehealth technology. In 2019, Athletico was among the first PT providers to launch a telehealth offering, providing those suffering from injuries with free assessments.

In addition to providing expanded telehealth services, to ensure the safety of patients and employees, Athletico has taken several measures including additional screening procedures, enhanced cleaning practices and appropriate distancing of patients during treatment sessions.

For more information about Athletico’s telehealth offering or to schedule an appointment, visit www.athletico.com/telehealth. The latest updates from Athletico about COVID-19 can be found here: https://www.athletico.com/covid-19-notice/.

About Athletico Physical Therapy
Athletico Physical Therapy provides the highest quality orthopedic rehabilitation services to communities, employers and athletes in over 500 locations throughout twelve states with more than 5,000 employees. Athletico is committed to our patients and referring physicians through our patient-centric focus, positive work environment, attention to quality and high standard of care. Athletico measures patient outcomes and satisfaction and is dedicated to continuous improvement. Athletico was named #1 Workplace in Chicago, “Best Physical Therapy Practice in the Nation” by ADVANCE magazine, Top Workplace in the Nation and has been recognized as a leader in employee volunteering and charitable giving. Our services include physical and occupational/hand therapy, workers’ compensation, women’s health therapy, concussion management and athletic training. Athletico also has a telehealth offering for physical and occupational therapy that provides patients with the ability to connect with clinicians virtually through a live video feed from the comfort of their homes. For more information, visit www.athletico.com and follow us on Twitter at @athletico.

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Cicero Emergency Operations Committee Update 03-31-20

Cicero Emergency Operations Committee Update 03-31-20

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The Governor of the State of Illinois has extended the Disaster Proclamation and “Stay at Home” order until at least 4/30/20. That date will be reviewed as this situation unfolds and is subject to change. 

COVID-19 Update: As of 3/31/20 at the time of this report, per the Cook County interactive mapping, we now have twenty-eight (28) residents with reported cases of COVID-19 in Cicero. Due to HIPAA laws regarding privacy, no other information will be released regarding this matter. 

The latest numbers reported statewide in Illinois as of the time of this memo are as follows: 937 new cases in Illinois for a total of reported COVID-19 5994 cases. 26 more deaths were reported in Illinois, bringing the total to 98 deaths. The current total reported cases of 
COVID -19 in the US is 180,789 with 3580 deaths. Worldwide COVID-19 cases now total 846,156 with 41,261 deaths. 

NURSING CENTERS: Both City View and Alden Manor reported no incidents regarding COVID-19 today. City View however is waiting for three (3) COVID 19 test results. Alden Manor is waiting four (4) COVID-19 test results. The EOC staff has reminded both care centers to follow all IDPH, CCDPH, and Town of Cicero guidelines. Fire Chief Dominick Buscemi has sent a letter to City View Care Center warning them of any and all COVID-19 protocol violations reported. 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT The Town of Cicero Health Department is here to serve you. We now have tele-health service available. Call the Health Department at 708-656-3600 Extension 147, 148, or 149 and we will return your call. The Health Department is in contact with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Cook County Department of Public Health on a daily basis. Updates on the COVID-19 virus can change daily. This is why the link to the Cook County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health is provided on the Town of Cicero Website. Most importantly, Dr. Licea will be available remotely and in person Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 1 PM to 5 PM and Wednesday from 8 AM to 5 PM. The Cook County Department of Public Health can be reached at 708-633-4000. For more information regarding COVID-19, call 1-800-889-3931. During this crisis the Health Department information will be on every update. 

PPE: The EOC staff is constantly trying to find new sources to purchase PPE equipment for our first responders. We have put a request into Cook County for supplies with no response from them as of the time of this report. Should you know of sources for N95 respirators, surgical gowns, eye protection, surgical gloves, and any other PPE, please let us know. 

AREA BUSINESSES – We have received several calls regarding area businesses not following the “social distancing” protocol. Any and all complaints are being handled. If you see a business that is over-crowded, please let us know at Extension 267 and we will get these problems rectified. Superintendent Jerry Chlada and Fire Chief Dominick Buscemi visited the “big box” stores in Cicero today. They discussed COVID-19 safety measures with the management of these stores. Ismael Vargas and Antonio Marzano also visited many businesses in Cicero, pointing out to management safety measures that can be improved. The Health Department also has three (3) Health Inspectors looking into any health related inspections or problems that may arise. We have to also note however, that some of the complaints that we received regarding some businesses were unfounded.

UPCOMING WEEKS:: We are entering a very critical time during this crisis. COVID-19 cases are expected to rise substantially. Please remind all of your friends and neighbors to please follow all of the rules that have been repeated again and again over the previous weeks. The number of cases and deaths are rising exponentially. Now is the time for responsible behavior. 

THE EOC STAFF
Michael Piekarski
Dominick Buscemi
Jerry Chlada
Sarah Kusper 
Sue Grazzini

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El Gobernador del Estado de Illinois ha extendido la Proclamación de Desastres y la orden de “Quedarse en Casa” hasta al menos el 30 de Abril. Esa fecha se revisará a medida que esta situación se desarrolle y esté sujeta a cambios.

Actualización de COVID-19: 
A partir del 31 de Marzo del 2020 al momento de este informe, según el mapeo interactivo del Condado de Cook, ahora tenemos veintiocho (28) residentes con casos reportados de COVID-19 en Cicero. Debido a las leyes de HIPAA con respecto a la privacidad, no se divulgará ninguna otra información sobre este asunto.

Los números más recientes reportados en todo el estado en Illinois al momento de este memorando son los siguientes: 937 casos nuevos en Illinois para un total de 5994 casos reportados de COVID-19. Se reportaron 26 muertes más en Illinois, con un total de 98 muertes. El total actual de casos reportados de COVID -19 en los Estados Unidos es 180,789 con 3580 muertes. Los casos mundiales de COVID-19 ahora suman 846,156 con 41,261 muertes. 

RESIDENCIAS Y CENTROS DE CUIDADO PARA PERSONAS MAYORES: Los complejos City View y Alden Manor no han informado de incidentes con respecto a COVID-19 hoy. Sin embargo, el complejo City View está esperando tres (3) resultados de la prueba COVID 19. El complejo Alden Manor está esperando cuatro (4) resultados de la prueba COVID-19. El personal de EOC ha recordado a ambos centros de cuidado que deben seguir todas las pautas de IDPH, CCDPH y de Cicero. El Jefe de Bomberos, Dominick Buscemi, envió una carta al complejo de City View advirtiéndoles de cualquier y todas las violaciónes sobre el protocolo COVID-19 reportadas.

DEPARTAMENTO DE SALUD 
El Departamento de Salud de Cicero está aquí para servirle. Ahora tenemos un servicio de telemedicina disponible. Llame al Departamento de Salud al 708-656-3600 Extensión 147, 148 o 149 y le devolveremos la llamada. El Departamento de Salud está en contacto con el Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois y el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Cook a diario. Las actualizaciones sobre el virus COVID-19 pueden cambiar diariamente. Esta es la razón por la cual se proporciona el enlace al Departamento de Salud del Condado de Cook y al Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois en el sitio web de la Ciudad de Cicero. Lo más importante es que la Dra. Rosaura Licea – estará disponible de forma remota y en persona los lunes, martes y jueves de 1 p.m. a 5 p.m. y los miércoles de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. Puede comunicarse con el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Cook al 708-633-4000. Para obtener más información sobre COVID-19, llame al 1-800-889-3931. Durante esta crisis, la información del Departamento de Salud estará en cada actualización. 

PPE (personal protective equipment/equipo de protección personal:
El personal de EOC (Emergency Operations Committee/Comité de Operaciones de Emergencia) trata constantemente de encontrar nuevas fuentes para comprar equipos de PPE para nuestros equipos de servicios médicos de emergencia. Hemos presentado una solicitud al Condado de Cook para suministros sin respuesta de ellos al momento de este informe. Si conoce fuentes de respiradores N95, batas quirúrgicas, protección ocular, guantes quirúrgicos y cualquier otro PPE, infórmenos.

NEGOCIOS DEL ÁREA – Hemos recibido varias llamadas sobre negocios del área que no siguen el protocolo de “distanciamiento social”. Todas y cada una de las quejas están siendo atendidas. Si ve un negocio que está abarrotado, infórmenos en la Extensión 267 y corregiremos estos problemas. El superintendente de policia Jerry Chlada y el jefe de bomberos Dominick Buscemi visitaron hoy las tiendas mas grandes “big box” en Cicero. Discutieron las medidas de seguridad de COVID-19 con la administración de estas tiendas. Ismael Vargas y Antonio Marzano también visitaron muchas empresas en Cicero, señalando las medidas de seguridad de gestión que pueden mejorarse. El Departamento de Salud también tiene tres (3) inspectores de salud que examinan las inspecciones o problemas relacionados con la salud que puedan surgir. Sin embargo, también debemos señalar que algunas de las quejas que recibimos con respecto a algunas empresas eran infundadas. 

PRÓXIMAS SEMANAS :: Estamos entrando en un momento muy crítico durante esta crisis. Se espera que los casos de COVID-19 aumenten sustancialmente. Recuerde a todos sus amigos y vecinos que sigan todas las reglas que se han repetido una y otra vez durante las semanas anteriores. El número de casos y muertes está aumentando exponencialmente. Ahora es el momento de un comportamiento responsable.

El personal de EOC (Emergency Operations Committee/Comité de Operaciones de Emergencia): 
Michael Piekarski
Dominick Buscemi
Jerry Chlada
Sarah Kusper 
Sue Grazzini