The Chatham Business Association Small Business Development Inc. is a small business resource center that offers an array of customized services and programs designed to assist businesses with expansion and growth through economic development, strategic planning, technical training, business trend workshops, access to capital assistance, effective collaborative marketing programs and government certification.
Melinda Kelly, president of the Chatham Business Association, 2012 Woman of Excellence Honoree.
TOP ROW: Kimberly McCullough, Director of External Affairs, AT&T; Ken Bennett, Regional Representative for the U.S. Secretary of Labor; Elayne Granger, Senior Product Marketing Manager, AT&T. BOTTOM ROW: Melinda Kelly, “2012 Woman of Excellence Honoree,” Executive Director, Chatham Business Association; Bill Garth, Dr. Angelia Roberts-Watkins, President, Complete Education Consortium.
Melinda Kelly, “2012 Woman of Excellence Honoree,” Executive Director, Chatham Business Association and Kimberly McCullough, Director of External Affairs, AT&T
Melinda Kelly, president of the Chatham Business Association, looks on as Mayor Emanuel jokes with a business owner during the roundtable discussion Read More
Mayor Emanuel and Chief Procurement Officer Jamie Rhee listen as business owners discuss their challenges at the Chatham Business Association Roundtable. Read More
THE LIVING LEGENDS were joined by well wishers and friends (l-r) Richard Boykin, Barnes & Thornburg; William Garth, Chicago Citizens Newspapers; Dorothy R. Leavell; Chicago Crusader Newspaper Group; James Montgomery, Cochran, Cherry, Givens, Smith & Montgomery; Pauline Montgomery, Cochran, Cherry, Givens, Smith & Montgomery; Wayne Watson, chancellor City Colleges of Chicago; Hermene Hartman, N’Digo; Melinda Kelly, Chatham Business Association; Sharon Strickland, Cook County Bar Association, and Danny K. Davis, United States House of Representatives. Read more…
Celebration of Diversity Dinner Honorees were Former House of Representative, Attorney Paul Williams; Melinda Kelly, Executive Director, Chatham Business Association; Jerry Reinsdorf, Esq, Chairman of the Chicago White Sox and Owner of the Chicago Bulls
Celebration of Diversity Dinner Sponsor, James P. Ryan, EP of Crown Imports, Chatham Business Association Chairman/CEO Citizen Newspaper, William Garth, Honoree: Melinda Kelly, CBA, Celebration of Diversity Dinner Sponsor Barnes & Thornburg, LLP Attorney Richard Boykin, Honoree: Jerry Reinsdorf, Honoree: Paul Williams and CBA Vice Chair and CEO of Tailorite Cleaners, Joseph Caldwell.
I am grateful to Barnes & Thornberg, American Dietetic Association, Best Buy, Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, Cown Imports LLC and Northstar Lottery for sponsoring this event. I had the privilege the sharing this special night with friends and family, and we were all treated to hearing a very Special Guest speaker, the Honorable John Lewis, Member of Congress.
Civic Leaders Honored for Diversity, Citizen Newspaper
ChicagoNow/N'Digo, In Celebration of Diversity, Interview
Starting a Business Just Got Easier: BACP Announces 60% Reduction in License Types
With input from Chicago's business community (including a roundtable event held at Chatham and other communities last month), the city recently announced a forthcoming reduction in business license types from 117 to 49, including a new "Emerging Business" category for those that fit nowhere else. The new ordinance is designed to eliminate the red tape and headaches associated with opening a new business, and also to cut requirements for licenses certain businesses should not need, according to common sense. Chatham congratulates Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his Innovation Delivery Team, Chicago BACP, and small business owners across the city in this initiative. The Mayor introduced this ordinance a couple of weeks ago and it goes to vote on Wednesday at City Council. Again Kudos to Mayor Rahm Emanuel for your consistent support of the business community. More info
Come by our Tech Center to sign up for the job notifications. Located at the QBG Foundation Building 806 East 78th Street Chicago, IL 60619 Between 77th & 78th on Cottage Grove now William Garth Sr. Avenue
Great new opportunity for small businesses called 10,000 Small Businesses that Goldman Sachs is doing with the City Colleges of Chicago and other partners.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million investment to help small businesses in the United States create jobs and economic growth by providing entrepreneurs with a practical business education, access to capital and business support services. The program is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that greater access to this combination of education, capital and support services best addresses barriers to growth. 10,000 Small Businesses is funded by Goldman Sachs and The Goldman Sachs Foundation.
For questions, visit www.goldmansachs.com/10000smallbusinesses or contact Jenny Kaplan at Goldman Sachs at Jenny.Kaplan@gs.com. Keep CBAWorks.org in the loop If you are interested in applying, let Melinda know. More information: