The West Ridge Chamber of Commerce
September  2011
Welcome to The West Ridge Chamber of Commerce



The West Ridge Chamber of Commerce is a City of Chicago delegate agency here to service the businesses located within our community.  We offer events and seminars throughout the year that can assist you with many of your business needs.  Please feel free to contact us at anytime if you need business assistance.
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Ground Breaking - You are Invited! Logo w Shovel
The West Ridge Chamber is pleased to announce that 1st Financial Credit Union is breaking ground on a new location in our neighborhood.  Please come and show your support!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Northwest corner of Peterson @ Richmond
Chicago, IL 60659

SBIF Money is Available for Touhy & Western Businesses

The Small Business Improvement Fund uses TIF dollars to provide grants up to $150,000 to businesses located within the TIF district.  Currently, the Touhy/Western TIF is accepting applications.

The grants do not have to be repaid!

Eligible Expenses For a SBIF Grant include, but are not limited to:

  • New windows, floors or roof
  • Sign removal and replacement
  • Tuck pointing
  • New heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Improvements to accommodate disabled patrons or workers
  • Purchase of adjacent property for building expansion or parking

To obtain your application, please go to Somercor 504 or contact the West Ridge Chamber.

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 Customer Friendly  Words and Phrases


 Given a choice, most people will choose to do business with a friendly business rather than a business-like business. The words you use can help position your business as a friendly business. Let me give you two examples.


Business-like: You have to complete this form.


Friendly: You need to complete this form.


Notice how changing just one word can make an instruction a little friendlier. Now, let's look at another example.


Business-like: What are you looking for?


Friendly: How can I help you?


Often, it's the little things which make a big difference in how customers feel about your business. Take some time to analyze what you are saying to your customers and try to make your expressions a little friendlier. It doesn't cost you anything, but it is a good tool to help you maintain and grow your business.


TaxCutters, Inc

2457 W. Peterson

Dennis J. Frantsve

News From Kiwanis


Please read the Kiwanis newsletter.

Kiwanis Newsletter

Office Depot Saves You Money! 


Office Depot


The West Ridge Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Office Depot stores to bring you discounts on the most frequently purchased office supplies. 

We encourage all local businesses to sign up for this unique program.


Discounts can be used at any Office Depot store or online.  Deals can be up to 40% off items such as paper, toner and ink.  Even office furniture and printing are included.  Please contact the Chamber to sign up!

Find Out More Here!


Energy Market Exchange EMEX logo

Would you like to save money on your electricity bill?  Free you Business from Rising Energy Costs with a Guaranteed plan.  Just a few minutes with our Energy Experts can save you money.  Save up to 30% on your commercial Electricity.
Ready to get Started?  Here's how it Works.... 


1.  We Gather information (provide us with a copy of you energy bill.)  2.  We Analyze your Energy Bill (We perform a no cost, no obligation analysis to determine if you qualify for a better rate and program.
3.  You start Saving Money  (We present your options.  You decide to ACTIVATE your savings.  No cost to switch providers,  Assurance of the same energy, same delivery company,  same poles and wires. 
Eric Finkelstein 
tel 312 671 3742 | fax 847 674 |



Performing Arts Ltd. Call For Extrasnutcracker
This holiday season will kick off in West Ridge with the Performing Arts Ltd. performance of "The Nutcracker".  PAL is looking for adults from the local business community to participate in this year's production. 


Adult performers will be used in party scenes throughout the performance and will be a great opportunity to get your business involved in the local community.  Invite colleagues and clients to see you on stage! 


The performances will be held at St. Scholastica Academy and at Lincolnwood Town Center in late November & early December. 


If you are interested in getting involved in the 2011 PAL performance of "The Nutcracker", please contact PAL owner, Katie Kinnyon at 773-262-DANCE or stop on by the studio at 2740 W. Touhy Avenue.   


Save the Date - Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is conducting Open House Chicago October 15 & 16, 2011 to give visitors free access to more than 100 special places and spaces throughout the City that are rarely open to the public.  Visitors will take self guided tours hosted by local residents in 5 diverse neighborhoods: downtown Chicago, Bronzeville, Garfield Park/North Lawndale, Little Village & Rogers Park/West Ridge.  Sites range from the original Sears Tower to an apartment building resembling a castle with a Moorish style basement swimming pool, to a development that re-uses bowling alley flooring.

Register to attend this event at

If you are interested in become a docent volunteer for the weekend, please sign up at . 

The West Ridge Chamber of Commerce is a proud community partner of Open House Chicago 2011. 


News from the Chicago Public Library 

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The Chicago Public Library will also be hosting a number of additional programs aimed at entrepreneurs and small business owners.


Small Business Resources from the Chicago Public Library presented in Spanish. Saturday, Sept 24, 10:30-12:30


Financial Strategies for Your Business,  Video Theater, Lower Level, Tuesday. Sept. 27, 4:00-5:30pm         Starting a Business in Illinois,Video Theater, Lower Level,Tuesday. November 15, 4:00-5:30pm.

The programs listed above take place at the Harold Washington Library Center , Business Science Technology Division at 400 S. State St .  Please call (312) 747-4400 for more details. 


The Chicago Public Library will also be participating in a number of citywide small business resource fairs.  These are great opportunities for small business owners or potential entrepreneurs to talk with various agencies and organizations to learn more about available resources and programs.  These fairs are free and open to the public. 


City Treasurer's Small Business Expo, Friday Oct 7, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road . For more information:



City of Chicago Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Office's Business Works Seminar. Thursday Sept. 18 from 5:30-9:00 pm at Wright College , 4300 N. Narragansett  For more information:



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Upcoming  Events 


3rd Quarter 2011 Luncheon
Thursday, September 8 1230-2pm

Location US Cellular Store,
7564 N. Western

Speaker: Kim Valente from JVS Chicago

"Preparing a Business Plan to Present to a Financial Institution"

$15 for WRCC members/$20 non-members


Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling Day
Sunday, September 11

9am -noon

Devon Bank
6445 N. Western 



Joint Networking Event!

 West Ridge Chamber of Commerce & Jewish B2B Networking

Wed. September 14

 8am - 9:30am

Devon Bank
6445 N. Western Avenue, lower level 

 $10in advance

$15 at the door 


Celebrate Small Business Week!

Social Security
 More than Meets the Eye

Wed. October 6
5:30 -7:00pm
Devon Bank
6445 N. Western

FREE for WRCC members/

$5 for non members  


Passion for Style Arts & Crafts Fair

Sunday, November 20

Holiday Inn North Shore
5300 W. Touhy

$3 in advance / $5 at the door
Buy Now 






Moose Grill Expands Menu
 moose grill 

The revised menu debuts some new items; including a new sandwiches, cheese fries and a build your own grilled cheese option.

The restaurant also has new hours, beginning September 6th:
Monday - Friday: 11am - 8pm
Saturday: Open at 11am for lunch
Closed Sunday



All major credit cards are now accepted!


Please visit Moose Grill at
7210 N. California Avenue

Chicago, IL 60645 


The West Ridge Chamber is planning a four part business planning series with chamber members James Brewer and Asif Vadaria.  Stay tuned for more details on these topics....

September 21-   Cashing in on What You've Built-
Business Succession Planning
Ted Koester


October 26-       Planning to Keep More in Your Pocket-
Business Tax Planning
Asif Vadaria


November 16-  Securing Your Future- Planning for Retirement Keeping James Brewer

December 7-     it In the Family Multi-Generational Estate Planning


The series will be hosted at
Devon Bank.


August  Chamber Members

New & Renewing 


Fathers, Families in Transition

High Ridge YMCA


Joyful Dental Care


Tax Cutters, Inc.


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Recycling Options 


Fall Shredding & Paper Recycling 

Sunday, September 11

Devon Bank Parking Lot

6445 N. Western Ave.

 paper bin
The Chamber sponsors two locations for you to recycle paper 24/7/365 

Devon Bank

 6445 N. Western Avenue


High Ridge YMCA
2424 W. Touhy Avenue 

You can drop off business or school papers, magazines, newspapers or soft covered books at either location at anytime day or night. 


All papers are used to make recycled newsprint.  Plus, the Chamber uses this program as a way to raise funds for our programs.   We collect a small monetary amount per ton of paper we collect each month.

Save the earth & support your local Chamber.


In 2010, West Ridge recycled 31.68 tons of paper!

North Side's Small Business Development Fund Gets Rolling
rolling green
Denise Buckman and Kevin Morris of Rolling Clean Car Wash with 
Tom Laures, North Side's Small Business Loan Officer.

North Side Community Federal Credit Union

(North Side) has been servicing  the Uptown neighborhood for years. 

North Side's new SBDF allows entrepreneurs the funding to help start a business or expand an existing business.  In February of this year, North Side received funds from the Office of the City Treasurer to offer Chicago-based small businesses micro loans. An existing business can borrow up to $35,000 while a start up operation can qualify for up to $15,000.  Typically, these loans are used for build out, working capital and for acquiring machinery, tools and inventory.  The loan term is up to 5 years at a prime +2% interest rate.  As of June 2011, the current rate is 5.25%.

Find Out How You Can Obtain Funds 


SSA #43 Devon Avenue

The West Ridge Chamber of Commerce is the Service Provider for the Devon Avenue Special Service Area.


Fall 2011 Services Include:


sidewalk sweeping and trash can emptying 7 days a week and 2x on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays


Servicing of the 24 Big Belly Solar cans


 Landscaping of 28 planters


Snow removal services begin in November 


Available Properties 

The Devon Bank Building has office space for rent.  Please contact Irv Loundy at 773-423-2424 for details!!


Commercial Space
2818 W. Devon, Chicago


call 847-863-4977 


Condo for Rent 

Large 2 Bedroom Condo, available immediately for rent. Location address is 7402 N Sheridan Road, at the corner of Sheridan and Jarvis.
The condo has 2 large bedrooms, full bath, separate dining room, huge kitchen and spacious living room. Total size is approx 1015 sq feet. This is a 3rd floor unit, with hardwood floors, across the street from the lake, close to Loyola. Laundry and storage locker available in building. Rent is $1200/month, and includes all utilities except electric. Recently renovated and in move in condition.
Contact Afzal @ 630-664-6048

$150 value 


Free Teeth Cleaning!
with purchase of in-house Smile Whitening  for West Ridge Chamber Members!    

It is our goal at Joyful Dental Care to provide exceptional General Dentistry service to individuals and families around Chicago and the Sauganash and Lincolnwood areas in a professional, caring environment. We also strive to prevent oral and dental diseases and the resultant pain and destruction of dentition they can cause.
At Joyful Dental Care we specialize in cosmetic dentistry and preventative dentistry. From fillings to veneers and so much more, Joyful Dental Care can provide the best service for just about anyone! At Joyful Dental Care, we also practice painless dentistry procedures. We have a very calming and relaxing approach for comforting anxious patients.
6314 N. Cicero Ave. Chicago, IL 60646
3 blocks north of Peterson Ave.
Check us out at:

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