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March 2019 Edition

A Newsletter for The Business Community 

The Community and Economic Development Department has initiated this Newsletter called "Business Matters" for our local business community.

The newsletter is electronic only and includes information to help your business stay connected to Village news, upcoming networking events, grant or funding opportunities, and other issues of interest for growth and development. The newsletter is also posted on the Village website.
Is there business news – such as new products, new services, or awards that you would like to share?  Please contact the Community and Economic Development Department at 630.823.5781 and we will be happy to include your information in the newsletter.

C.O.N.E.C.T for Business at the Village: Annual Business After Hours Event

People do business with people they know!  There’s no better way to connect with each other than to attend the Village of Hanover Park's Annual Business After Hours.  Join us for New Orleans Style food and music and bring your business cards!  The event is hosted by the Village’s C.O.N.E.C.T. Committee and the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce.

All local Hanover Park businesses and Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce members are invited to this free networking event.  We invite you to also donate a raffle prize to bring attention to your business, whether or not you attend.  Please RSVP, and send your business information to be included in the slideshow. 

When:             Monday March 4, 2019  
Where:            Village Hall, 2nd Floor
Time:              5:00 – 7:00 PM

For more information and to RSVP, call 630.823.5780 or email.

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Compete for the $5,000 Cash First Place, $2,500 Second Place, or $1,000 Third Place Prize. 

Small or medium sized companies looking to start exporting or expand an existing export program are invited to pitch their business plan to a panel of judges and compete for one of three grand prizes in the 2019 Export Pitch! Hosted by Chicago Regional Growth Corporation and Choose DuPage on Thursday March 14, 2019. 

Competition begins at 2:00 PM with the Judges’ decision announced at 5:30 PM.  Eligibility requirements to participate are:

  • Registered to do business in one of these counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, or Will, with a valid W-9 form listing company address.

  • Small and medium sized companies that provide either goods or services manufactured in metro Chicago or made outside the region from which metro Chicago will derive a significant benefit from increased international sales or investment.

  • Companies that are new to export or a moderate exporter.

  • Under 500 employees.

  • In business at least one year from the date of application.

The application and information on the 2019 Export Pitch is here.

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March 27 is the 8th Annual Hanover Township Job Fair

Hanover Township and Illinois WorkNet Center will host the 8th Annual Job Fair on Wednesday March 27, 2019 at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. IL Route 59.  Doors open for Veterans only between 11:00 – 11:30 am and for the General Public from 11:30 to 2:00 PM.  

Businesses wishing to meet with prospective employees should register by Monday, March 22, 2019.  For more information call Hanover Township at (630) 540-9085.  More information is here.

Clare Woods Academy

Mayor Rodney S. Craig Launches New Initiative with Clare Woods Academy and Little City.

Mayor Craig has launched a new initiative to link local employers with Clare Woods Academy and Little City.  Both organizations can help you find dependable employees.  

Clare Woods assists youth and young adults with a vocational training program that teaches Life-Skills necessary for Independent Living.  Skills assessment, screening, and supervised training are provided to help their residents compete for employment and ensure a good fit in job placement.  Clare Woods students are eligible to work off campus at the age of 16 with the assistance of a job coach.  Students work 1-2 hours daily, 1-2 days a week and are paid through a special STEP grant.  For more information contact Amy Kancler, Transition/Vocational Specialist at (630) 289-4221 or akancler@blcinc.org.

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Little City believes every person has employable skills and with proper job matching, all people are better equipped to reach new levels of independence. Little City assists individuals with disabilities to obtain and sustain competitive community-integrated jobs. Little City’s Employment First program goes far beyond a sheltered workshop by supporting inclusive employment, adding value to business and increased meaning to the lives of those eager to work.  
Through assessment of strengths, abilities, preferences and goals, the Employment First team matches job seekers with employment opportunities in the local job market. Depending on your company’s needs, Little City can provide you a match.  To learn more, contact Casey Burke, Director of Employment LifePath Adult Services at 815 535-2705, CBurke@littlecity.org, or visit  www.littlecity.org/programs/adults/employmentfirst/

Habitat for Humanity

MLK Build Up Day

Continue MLK’s legacy of volunteerism by working with fellow citizens to clean up, build up and improve Hanover Park!

Join the Village Cultural Inclusion and Diversity Committee, Village Clerk Eira L. Corral Sepulveda, Habitat for Humanity of DuPage County, and community residents on Saturday April 27, 2019 between 8:00 AM and 1:30 PM as we plant, lay mulch, and complete various clean-up projects in the Greenbrook Tanglewood Neighborhood.  To register to help, contact Jennifer Taff of DuPage Habitat: jtaff@dupagehabitat.org / (630) 510-3737, ext. 305.  Lunch WILL be provided.  The minimum volunteer age is 10 years. Download the flyer.

Women's Business Development Center

FREE Business Assistance

Thinking of opening your own business?  Not sure where to start? 

The Village of Hanover Park has collaborated with the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) to help small businesses FREE of cost.  The WBDC offers satellite office hours at the Village of Hanover Park, at Village Hall, 2121 W Lake St, Hanover Park, EVERY 2nd Tuesday of the month between 10am - 3pm.  Tia Juarez of the WBDC will meet with you, at no cost, to discuss start-up and business expansion. 

WBDC can help with Business Plans, sales projections, marketing, access to capital, expansion plans, structuring requests for financing, and more. More information on WBDC is online.

To setup a FREE business advising appointment email Tia Juarez or call 630-896-3735.

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Share Your Significant Business News With Fellow Hanover Park Businesses.

The March spotlight is a special Mardi Gras New Orleans Style menu at Old Salem Café, running from Tuesday, February 26, 2019 – Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Items include Jambalaya and Gumbo, and several authentic sweet treats!  

By special order, Renate is making Beignets and Paczkis. Although they look like German Berliners donuts, Paczkis are a traditional Fat Tuesday treat. 
Olde Salem Café is located near the intersection of Irving Park Rd. and Wise Rd. and specializes in authentic German food. They also have separate room for you to host your lunch meeting!  

Stop by and order from Renate’s Olde Salem Café, 7213 Olde Salem Circle, or give her a call at 630-855-3596.
If you would like your business news included in a Business Matters newsletter, please contact Village Planner Ellen Weber at (630) 823-5779, or eweber@hpil.org

Questions? Please Contact the Community & Economic Development Department

Director of Community and Economic Development

Village Planner
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