While every day is Small Business Saturday for the ChiBizHub team, the rest of country joined in to #ShopSmall and celebrate small businesses on November 28th, Small Business Saturday. In 2011, the U.S. Senate unanimously signed a resolution to support our small businesses and local communities. Organizations across the country signed up to serve as Neighborhood Champions. ChiBizHub is a forever #NeighborhoodChampion, committed to providing real-time resources to businesses just like yours, many of which have been able to sustain and even grow during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This month, we spotlight two business directories - 37 Oaks Consulting and Bossy Chicago – each making strides for our small business community. 37 Oaks, with Terrand Smith at the helm, unlocks the power of our local commerce by educating and preparing small, women, and minority-owned businesses through diverse channels. Similarly, Sam Letcher of Bossy Chicago, knows over 80 percent of consumer spending comes from womxn, and has made it her mission to shift purchasing power to womxn and non-binary-owned businesses. We’re thrilled to have both Terrand and Sam join ChiBizHub this month to share how we can all come together and support our beloved communities.
ChiBizHub is a network of 176 resource provider organizations, focused on equipping you with resources and counsel from starting to accelerating your business. We’re also excited to share an interview with Emmanuel Davila of the newly established Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. Emmanuel joined ChiBizHub this month to discuss upcoming initiatives and projects available for the Humboldt Park neighborhood.
In closing, please take a moment to visit our COVID-19 resource page. It provides up-to-date information about the resources and support available to you, as you work to sustain and scale your business. A great example of our partnerships across Chicago includes, Univision POSiBLE, where we reach the vast audience of Latinx entrepreneurs and business owners. You can now experience the entire week of workshops, panels and more via this link: https://www.posiblechicago.com/watchnow
Shop Local This Holiday Season
While Small Business Saturday has passed, ChiBizHub and World Business Chicago will continue to support shopping local this holiday season. #ThanksSmallBiz #ThankASmallBiz
Click here to view our Small Business Saturday video and be sure to share on social media!
Terrand Smith, Founder and CEO, 37 Oaks Consulting
Watch the Spotlight Interview with Terrand Smith
A consummate retail professional, Terrand Smith oversaw close to $1 Billion in revenue during her decade long career in corporate retail. Working at the headquarters of CVS, Sears/Kmart, 7-Eleven, and Steelcase, she managed, grew, and restored categories with thousands of products and hundreds of vendor partners in over 15,000 retail outlets.
Her strengths were in optimizing product assortments, establishing pricing strategies, developing impactful promotions, streamlining process inefficiencies, negotiating with vendors, innovation and managing profit & loss statements. These strengths allowed her to drive significant growth in sales, market share, profitability and new business models for her company.
Smith is now the Founder and CEO of 37 Oaks Consulting, a Chicago-based commerce consulting firm that strengthens and revitalizes communities through local commerce. They do this by educating and preparing growing women and minority owned businesses for diverse growth in ecommerce, wholesale, storefront & mobile retail.
Sam Letcher, Founder, Bossy Chicago
Watch the Spotlight Interview with Sam Letcher
Sam Letscher (she/her) is the founder of Bossy Chicago, a platform that helps Chicagoans shift their purchasing power to local womxn and non-binary small business owners. She started Bossy, now a thriving community of over 1,000 Chicago-based womxn-owned small businesses, in 2017 because she’s inspired by products, services, experiences, brands, and workplaces built by women, for everyone. Their Womxn-Owned Directory is a free community resource, and their collective is an affordable online community for womxn entrepreneurs looking to connect with each other -- join here!
Emmanuel Davila, Program Coordinator, Small Business Development Center at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center
Watch the Spotlight Interview with Emmanuel Davila
Emmanuel Davila was raised in the Humboldt Park neighborhood in Chicago, IL. Currently, he works as the Program Coordinator and financial advisor at the Small Business Development Center at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Humboldt Park. With experience working in sales, hospitality, and financial services, Emmanuel provides one on one business advising to start ups and small businesses, helps market the center, and creates and presents educational webinars. His primary focus is to assist clients with accessing financing, and to be better prepared to approach a lender.
Reopen Safely with Resources from UL
Protecting the safety of employees, customers and facilities is a priority for companies as they move to reopen. As a global leader in safety, UL has pulled together a range of resources to help you and your employees safely return to work.
Access courses and materials including:
Click below to access these resources and more!
Click Here for UL Opening Resources!
POSiBLE Chicago Virtual Expo Recordings
The recordings from the POSiBLE Chicago virtual expo last week are now live. Click here to watch!
Register for Abriendo Puertas | Opening Doors
on Tuesday, December 8 at 6 p.m. CST
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