OUR THANKS GO OUT TO LOCAL GOODS CHICAGO AND LAURA GUENTHER FOR HOSTING THE LAST GENERAL CHAMBER MEETING
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
March 20, 2014
Chicago Public Library-Edgebrook Branch
5331 W. Devon Avenue
Download our membership form from the button below, fill it out and mail or drop it off with your payment to the Edgebrook Chamber of Commerce Office.
2014 Edgebrook Banner Program
The Chamber’s Street Banner Program is now accepting 2014 applications. A Standard Banner is $350 and a Custom Banner (with your logo) is $400. A two-year maintenance program that covers everything is included in your purchase price. Thousands of cars drive through the Central / Devon intersection daily. Advertising your business so consumers know what makes you stand out from the rest.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to make sure taxpayers, especially those eligible for the Earned-Income Tax Credit (EITC), take benefit. Each year, approximately 100,000 eligible households in the City do not claim the EITC, leaving as much as $200 million in unclaimed dollars that could help individuals provide for themselves and their families.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is asking you as a business leader to join the City’s marketing efforts by sharing information about the City’s Free Tax Preparation Assistance Program with your member businesses, many of which have employees who are eligible for the federal EITC (see attached letter). Please share the attached information with your member businesses and encourage them to circulate the information to their employees. If you are interested in hosting a tax informational session, please contact Christine Cheng of Ladder Up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve also included a press release that outlines the results of a citywide investigation on tax preparation services to protect residents as they receive help preparing their taxes. This is the second year that the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) conducted such an investigation. This year, the investigation found that 57 percent of tax preparation businesses visited by City inspectors were not in compliance with the City ordinance regulating tax preparation services. This is a 30 percent improvement from the 91 percent that were not in compliance last year, these investigations will continue as the administration continues to protect consumers from predatory practices.
The City’s free Tax Preparation Assistance Program will assist 23,000 qualifying families in applying for the EITC, helping them receive more than $45 million in refunds and save $4.5 million in tax preparation fees – a 25 percent increase over 2013 when the program helped 18,078 working families receive more than $36 million in refunds. The city offers free, confidential tax preparation assistance by trained, qualified volunteers at 20 sites from now until April 15, 2014. Residents can learn more at: www.taxprepchicago.org.
Thank you in advance for sharing this opportunity with your member businesses. Have a great day!
PBC Alert 14-002
The Public Building Commission of Chicago is soliciting Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) and Financial Condition from Contractors
(including firms proposing to have a controlling interest in Joint Ventures) to be pre-qualified to bid as a Contractor for the following
Chicago Public School Annex and Renovation Projects:
Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Annex, 615 West Kemper Place
Oriole Park Elementary School Annex, 5424 North Oketo Avenue
Wildwood World Magnet School Annex, 6950 North Hiawatha Avenue
Walter Payton College Preparatory High School Addition, 1034 North Wells Street
The Edgebrook Chamber is excited to announce WALK THE BLOCK BINGO March 7th – 9th in the business district of Edgebrook. Everyone is invited to participate. Simply get a bingo card from any participating business. Have it stamped by at least 3 businesses March 7th – 9th, then drop it off at any participating business to be entered into the raffle! This is a great time to walk the block and explore Edgebrook!
Participating businesses include:
Edgebrook Coffee Shop
Moher Public House
Jan Kupiec, Realtor Baird & Warner
Local Goods Chicago
North Branch Arts
The Nail Lounge
(See attached image of Bingo Card)
Registration information as well as additional details about the event will be coming soon. In the interim, please feel free to contact our office if you have questions or are interested in sponsorship opportunities.