ESDC in partnership with City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development are pleased to announce the availability of (SBIF) Small Business Improvement Fund Grants. The SBIF grant provides funding for permanent building improvements and repairs across the city.
Program participants can receive grants to cover between 30% and 90% of the cost of remodeling work, with a maximum grant of $150,000 for commercial properties.
Mole de Mayo Festival is the only three-day outdoor mole cook-off event celebrating Latin American and Mexican culture in the rich and diverse neighborhood of Pilsen located on the Lower West Side of Chicago.
Now in its 13th year, the annual Mole de Mayo Festival features the mole competition, in which a variety of restaurants and vendors compete to see whose version of the Mexican staple is the best. Besides mole dishes, there are many fun festival foods and beverages to enjoy. The all-age festival has been a favorite of “things to do” during Memorial Day weekend for adults and families alike.
Take a stroll through the open-air market or mercado with local artisans and merchants selling their hand-crafted goods. Catch local, national, and international musical performances and acts at three stages. Get there early to find a spot to witness the biggest attraction of the festival — lucha libre or professional wrestling! From afar, you may just catch some high-flying antics from the wrestlers’ ring, found center-stage in the festival.
The festival organizer and beneficiary is Economic Strategies Development Corporation (ESDC) or formerly known as Eighteenth Street Development Corporation. ESDC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to economic and community development in the Pilsen neighborhood and beyond.
Since 2009, Mole de Mayo Festival strives to deliver a culturally dynamic and gastronomic outdoor festival that propels a short and long-term range of economic and social benefits to Chicago’s historic Pilsen neighborhood. Partial proceeds benefit the ESDC Resiliency Fund, which provides financial aid assistance and grants to local businesses and ESDC’s HOPE Programs (i.e., Emergency Free Food Distribution).
The ESDC Golf Outing, held annually in July, brings together more than 100 business leaders, developers, contractors, and elected officials from the Pilsen and Industrial Corridor community. The event offers a relaxed environment to network and gain exposure for your business within the Pilsen community.
ESDC’s Buen Provecho! festival, held annually in September, showcases the tastes of Pilsen cuisine through a walking tour of more than 20 neighborhood restaurants, cafés, and bakeries. Each participating restaurant provides ticketed visitors with a sample or two of their delectable dishes. In conjunction with Mexican Independence day, the historic Pilsen community hosts hungry visitors for a tour of culinary delights!
January 28, 2022 12:00 – 1:00 PM
When Illinois state grants will be released, we want you to be prepared! The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Pre-Award preparation session will help you prepare to quickly act on Notice Of Funding Opportunities. In this session, we will cover a list of prerequisites to prepare for registration to be able to submit a grant application to the state of Illinois. We will also discuss the process of the needed risk assessments before the issuance of a state award.
Below are the five grantee pre-award requirements for the GATA:
Fiscal and Administrative Risk Assessment (ICQ)
Programmatic Risk Assessment
For a list of current Illinois funding opportunities, please visit this website https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/GATA/Grants/SitePages/CSFA.aspx
This event is FREE thanks to our sponsors at the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) for funding the Illinois Small Business Development Center (Illinois SBDC) at Economic Strategies Development Corporation (ESDC).
Zoom Webinar Topic: GATA Pre-Award Presentation for Illinois Funding Opportunities
When: Friday, January 28, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
January 31, 2022 5:00 – 6:00 PM
The presenter will discuss the many free resources that are available to start your own business such as free legal clinics, free counselors and grant opportunities. In addition, the presenter will discuss some of the steps involved in starting your own business such as finding your passion and transforming your passion into a business.
-Did you know there are free resources to help you start your business?
– Are you interested in starting your own business but you do not know where to start?
– Are you unemployed, having difficulty finding a job and thought about creating your own job by starting a business?
With the 5th-largest economy in the nation, Illinois is a great place to launch your business. The presenter will discuss the many free resources that are available to start your own business such as free legal clinics, free counselors and grant opportunities. In addition, the presenter will discuss some of the steps involved in starting your own business such as finding your passion and transforming your passion into a business.
This event is FREE thanks to our sponsors at the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) for funding the Illinois Small Business Development Center (Illinois SBDC) at Economic Strategies Development Corporation (ESDC). All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA (or ILDCEO).
Zoom Webinar Topic: How to Start Your Business in Illinois
When: Monday, January 31, 2022
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27 AT NOON, ARTISTS DROP THE CURTAINS AND RAISE THE SPIRITS WITH CHRISTMAS-THEMED WINDOW DISPLAYS
CHICAGO, IL – PILSEN (Nov. 27, 2021) — Pilsen-based nonprofit organization, Economic Strategies Development Corporation (ESDC) kicks off its 2nd Annual Pilsen Christmas Window Walk on November 27, 2021, the day of Small Business Saturday®. The windows will be unveiled at the 30 locations starting at 1 pm. Come watch the curtain drop of your favorite artist or local business. For participating artists and businesses, see the list below.
Participating businesses have been paired up with an artist or chose to be their own artist to design a holiday-themed storefront display. From November 27 – January 6, individuals and families can walk off those holiday calories to marvel at the hand-crafted festive creations from over a dozen citywide artists in Pilsen. While doing so, spectators can partake in the contest by voting for their favorite decorated window that captures the essence of the Christmas spirit by scanning the QR code displayed on the window. Last day to vote is Monday, December 20.
In its second year, ESDC developed this outdoor and socially-distanced event to promote economic development to local businesses in Pilsen. Its goal is to inspire holiday cheer and bring Christmas magic among residents and businesses.
In addition to being recognized as the winner of the 2021 Pilsen Christmas Window Walk art contest, the artist will receive $1,000. New this year is 2nd ($500) and 3rd ($250) place prizes. The winners are to be announced on Tuesday, December 21.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS & BUSINESSES
#15 Adriana Rivera – Dachi Art Studio 1441 W. 18th St.
#3 Alina Estrada – Mestiza Shop 1523 W. 18th St.
#22 Angelica Larios – Belli’s 1307 W. 18th St.
#31 Beatriz Thomas – Realty of Chicago 1504 W. 18th St.
#16 Cynthia Soto – Pocha Pets Boutique 1840 S. Racine Ave.
#19 Elizabeth Cardona – Yvolina’s Tamales 814 W. 18th St.
#2 Dulce Jatziry Ayala – Ara Salon 1825 S. Ashland Ave.
#1 Erika Berumen – Escaramuza USA 1644 W. 18th St.
#10 Lexxus Washington – 25th Ward Aldermanic Office 2100 W. Cermak Rd.
#13 Gabriel Reinaldo Andres – Fiit City Pilsen 1142 W. 18th St.
#17 Gloria Rivera – Verde Holistic Wellness Studio 905 W. 18th St.
#28 Jamie Lynn Porto – Pilsen Vintage 1430 W. 18th St.
#26 Jazmine Medrano – Brew Brew 1641 W. 18th St.
#24 Jenna Lozano – Embellash/Beauty Portal 1011 W. 18th St.
Honorary Participant: Rudy Lozano Chicago Public Library – 1805 S. Loomis St.
Honorary Participant: Chicago Police 12th District – 1412 S. Blue Island Ave.
#4 Jessica Zapata – Lakshmi Hair Salon 1327 W. 18th St.
#21 Johanna Prado – the Shudio 1152 W. 18th St.
#29 Juana Duran – Chepe’s Tacos 2007 S. Damen Ave.
#27 Kaya Garcia – Juice House 1324 W. 18th St.
#12 Workers of Pilsen Community Books – Pilsen Community Books 1102 W. 18th St.
#25 Martin Flores – Wagner’s Bakery 2148 W. Cermak Rd.
#20 Nereida Rubí Carmona – Mermaid Spa 1750 W. 18th St
#6 Norma Yañez – Luna LLena Apothecary 1708 W. 21st St.
#23 Patricia Acosta – Pilsen Alliance 1744 W. 18th St.
#5 Rahman Statik – The Print Lounge Inc. 1325 W. 18th St.
#9 Ramon Marino – 18th St. Casa de Cultura 2057 W. 18th Street.
#7 Raul D. Cerna – Rockit Barber Shop 1650 W. 18th St.
#18 Tatiana Garcia – Neveria El Sabor de Mexico 1639 W. 18th St.
#8 Tlanez Xochitl González – Panaderia El Acambaro 1720 W. 18th St.
#30 Zitlali Adame & Tamika R. Smith – TM Lacquer Room 1215 W. 18th St.
Make your vote count! Plan your walk today!
Voting from Nov. 27 – Dec. 20