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Thank you to all of our members! 
We welcome new & renewing members

PEBA has began to send membership invoices that are due September 1.  Due to COVID-19 we suspended all membership invoicing for 6 months.  We know all businesses are struggling and we are as well.  If you can, please consider renewing or joining PEBA so that we can continue to support small businesses in our community. 

You can pay your dues at

Thank you to all of our members! 

Stay strong and stay safe! 
Due to continued social distancing requirements all in person events have been postponed. 

October 13 PEBA Board Meeting
Time: Oct 13, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 832 0933 1339
Passcode: 122516
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November 10 PEBA Board Meeting

November 28 Small Business Saturday 

Check the PEBA website for additional events!


Business Affairs & Consumer Protection

17th District Police Station

39th Ward Office

45th Ward Office

State Rep John D'Amico

PEBA staff is doing one on one business consultations at your business!  If you would like to schedule and in person or over the phone meeting please contact us at
We are pleased to announced that PEBA is now on YouTube channel that offers special webinars for our members of our current network to view.  This informative webinars can help you grow your business plan.  We currently have two webinars uploaded for your viewing and links and descriptions are below.
Please take a look!
Google My Business Workshop 
PEBA Webinar | Hosted by Ehren Muhammad

Have you Googled your business? No not just using the search engine looking for your business, but instead using all the free, oh yes FREE tools that the multi-billion-dollar company has to offer your small business. There are many tools made for the small business owner that we can all leverage. Small businesses employ more than 60% of the workforce in the United States, yet most of these businesses do more "HOPE marketing" rather than use the thousands of FREE tools to help their business to become successful. This workshop is designed to get you and your business familiar with Google's tools and a stronger, more profitable presence on the massive search engine. We will cover the basics of the following 3 topics: • Google My Business • Google Analytics • Google AdWords Enjoy a real workshop, just virtual where you start applying what we cover from the moment we start the session.
Link to the recorded webinar on YouTube: HERE
Contact me at to receive the free templates as promised.

Important links from the workshop: Sign-up for Google My Business here: Go to Google Analytics: Wix website: Shopify website: p Squarespace website: https://support.squarespace

Squarespace website: arespace WordPress website:

5 Most Important Take-A-Ways:
1. Own your website before launching any ad campaigns
2. Focus on SEO and building funnels prior to launch ad campaigns
a. Businesses online that focus on SEO spend less on ads and have more recurring business
3. Create Target Customer Avatars - know your customers
4. Build email marketing campaigns to support lead generation and conversions
5. Create a schedule to monitor and update your online presence

Social Media for Small Business Owners 
PEBA webinar | Hosted by Ehren Muhammad

If this challenging time has shown us nothing else as small business owners it is that we need to use every tool and opportunity available to connect with our customers. Social media is one of the most important tools for small business owners but is often overlooked. This webinar will help to remove some of the confusion and challenges that are preventing you from getting started with social media or just using the many platforms to increase sales, connect with your customers, and promote your business more effectively on social media.

We will cover and hot to do the following:
-Key Terms for social media
-Maintain a constant stream of communication -Increase customer awareness
-Be part of the community
-Build credibility
-Develop their brand’s voice
-Promote products, events, services
-Relate to their audience
-Create a social media strategy
-The benefits of a Social Media Calendar

Download your FREE 2020 social media calendar here!

The Benefits of the top platforms
● Facebook (WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger)
● Twitter
● LinkedIn
● YouTube Overview of Paid Advertising on Social Media

Link to video on YouTube:HERE

Contact me at to receive the free templates and additional materials as promised. Thank you for watching this webinar, it was a pleasure to be your host and I look forward to your feedback.

About Entrepreneurs Marketing & Promotions, Ltd (EMPro, Ltd)

We are a digital marketing team for entrepreneurs and small business owners. EMPro, Ltd's purpose is to help small business owners leverage marketing technology to maximize their brand awareness and build streams of revenue online.

Our services include:
●Website Design
●Web Development/Maintenance
●Social Media Advertising
●Social Media Promotion
●Local SEO
●Graphic Design

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announce the new Performing Arts Venue Relief Program to help performing arts venues which have lost significant revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications open Monday, October 5, and the program will provide $10,000 grants to up to 120 for-profit and nonprofit Chicago-based performing arts venues who have been closed to performances. The 2020 City of Chicago Performing Arts Venue Relief Grants Program was created, with support from the Walder Foundation and the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund and in partnership with Accion, to support this critical arts and culture sector with the challenges they face from the pandemic.


"Performing arts venues are incredibly important to our City because they make up the fabric of our neighborhoods," said Mayor Lightfoot. "In order to keep this rich, diverse part of our City's culture alive, it is critical that we continue to provide space and support for our artists, cultural workers and performing arts companies. I am proud to work with DCASE on this initiative and look forward to finding more innovative ways to help out our performing arts community during these uncertain times."


Eligible entities must be located in Chicago, have a PPA (Public Place of Amusement) or Music and Dance license, and primarily produce or present performing arts programming – including theatre, dance, performance art, and/or live music or live mixing by DJs. Complete eligibility criteria and applications will be available at beginning on Monday, October 5. Completed applications must be received by October 23 for consideration and grants will be distributed on a lottery system to qualified recipients. Individuals, corporations, and charitable foundations interested in supporting Chicago’s performing arts venues are encouraged to donate through the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund at


Performing arts venues have faced large challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic since they focus on bringing people together for live, shared experiences. With ongoing expenses for their facilities still accruing, these businesses and organizations are still experiencing significant losses of income. They will also be some of the last to reopen at full capacity, and when they do, will have to drastically rethink capacity, seating, staging, and other considerations that will impact their recovery.


Funds will be allocated through an equity lens that considers the history of disinvestment and the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on the South and West sides of Chicago. The program will prioritize funding organizations located on the South and West sides, in Low and Moderate Income (LMI) community areas, and organizations that have not received grants through the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund or the City of Chicago’s Together Now program.



Restaurants and bars who would like to expand their seating footprint may now do so by applying for either an Expanded Outdoor seating permit or Sidewalk Cafe Permit.  The City of Chicago is expediting these to get Chicago back to work in Phase 4.  More info can be found at
PEBA is proud to announce our latest partnership - The Lawrence Avenue Design Collective!! Our community has a growing number of small businesses that are all focused around home/business design.  Please stop in and check out these amazing businesses and how they can help with your home or office renovations and/or decor needs.  
Don't forget to shop local!
Please patronize our PEBA members!
Active Electrical Supply & Fox Lighting Gallery,
 Albany Square Strip Shopping Mall,  
Andrew Gardiner - Edward Jones Financial Adviser 
 Bespoke Redesign/Semihandmade Chicago, Carlson Community Services, 
Chicago Progress, Chicagoland Truck Rental, CHITOWN Fish and Seafood, Color Club,
Doll Revolution Chicago,  Donahue Commercial Real Estate, Elite Auto,
EmPro, LTD., Farmer's Market Garden Center, Floor & Decor, Foster Hill Design, 
Goode Plumbing, Gremley & Biederman, Hardwood Line Manufacturing,  Hala In Huntington Bank, Imperial Lighting Maintenance Co., Independence Apartments LP, Irish American Heritage Center
Irving Park Lutheran Church, Jt's Genuine Sandwich Shop,  LaVilla Restaurant, 
Marie's Pizza & Liquors,  Mayfair Park Advisory Council,   MOO'vers Chicago, Mosaicos, North River Commission, Seafood City Supermarket, Swedish Hospital,
The Legend Group LLC, The Salvation Army, Sonex Properties, VIlla Maintenance   Wintrust Bank - Mayfair
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