Mt. Greenwood Community and Business Association Newsletter
                    March 2014                    
In This Issue
An Irish Blessing
Business Breakfast
Burglary Prevention Seminar
City of Chicago Launches Two New Websites
Garden Center Services
City Services and Opportunities
How to Tackle the "Terrible 2's & 3's" @ Belle Up Maternity
Quick Links


Our newsletter contains information regarding the business community, available programs, opportunities, and neighborhood events.  Please forward to business contacts, friends, and neighbors who may be interested.  Also, be sure to let us know if there is a particular topic about which you would like more information. Please like us on Facebook at

Mary Gill
Executive Director
3333 W. 111th St., Suite B
Chicago, IL 60655


       An Irish Blessing
May there always be work for your hands to do;  May your purse always hold a coin or two.; May the sun always shine on your windowpane; May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;  May the hand of a friend always be near you;  May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
 Business Breakfast: Facebooking for   Small Businesses                          

If you are a small business owner, you have probably spent some time debating how to handle opening the large portal to social media.  Claire DiCola, owner of Amplify Chicago, the Social Media Store for Small Businesses, will explain three important rules for Facebook:  what time to post content, what kind of content to post, and how to get more interaction.  DiCola will also share helpful tips to make using Facebook increasingly effective for your company.


Please join us for this presentation on Thursday, March 27, 8:30 a.m. in the BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Drive


For more information and reservations, contact Marcia Walsh, 773-233-3100 or 


This Business Breakfast is jointly sponsored by Beverly Area Planning Association, Mount Greenwood Community and Business Association, 95th Street Business Association, and Morgan Park/Beverly Hills Business Association.



    Burglary Prevention Seminar
Please join State Representative Fran Hurley & State Senator Bill Cunningham for a Burglary Prevention Seminar, Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m., in the St. Barnabas Church Hall, 10134 S. Longwood Dr. (basement of church).  Learn from law enforcement officials how burglaries occur and what  you can do to minimize your risk of becoming a victim.  A former convicted burglar will be the guest speaker during this inside look into crime.  For more information or to RSVP, please call Rep. Hurley's constituent service office at 773-445-8128 or 708-233-9703.
 City of Chicago Launches Two New  Websites                   
The City of Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection launched a "Small Business Center Website" for business owners.  The site provides useful information to business owners in the City of Chicago.  Important information on business licensing, zoning, and permitting can be found here.  Additionally, in conjunction with World Business Chicago, the City has launched a site selection tool that will help business owners search available commercial and industrial real estate in the City of Chicago.

The link to the Site Selector Tool is:

If you have a property you would like me to list or have questions regarding the new websites, please contact Mary Gill at 773-881-0622 or
  Garden Center Services                       


Beginning on Friday, March 14th, Garden Center Services' art program, the Garden Gallery & Studio, will be participating in the 2014 Chicago Flower and Garden Show.  Garden Gallery& Studio has been selected as one of five benefiting charities for the Flower and garden Show's preview night gala, "Evening in Bloom," honoring the show's theme "Do Good. Do Green." Tickets to "Evening in Bloom" are $125 each and may be purchased at  Attendees are encouraged to select Garden Gallery &Studio as their intended beneficiary.

Additionaly, Garden Gallery & Studio's will have a vendor booth at this year's show, where vistiors can purchase beautiful spring-inspired artisan products, while enjoying the eye-candy colors and sweet perfumes of the Flower & Garden Show.  Be sure to stop by and see Garden Gallery & Studio's spring line at Booth 131 in the Marketplace of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show.


The Chicago Flower and Garden Show, presented by Mariano's, is held at Navy Pier and open to the public from March 15-23, including St. Patrick's Day.  Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Sundays, and Monday through Wednesday; and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thurdsday though Saturday. Save $2 by purchasing tickets online at


   Elaborations March Calendar


Check out what is happening at Elaborations for March!
     City Services and Opportunities
The City of Chicago website assists with many of your needs.  On the website you can renew our business license, update your business license information, obtain a public way use permit, building permits, commercial driveway permits, business license inspections, zoning information, tax information, loading zones, pay your water, recycling & sanitation bills, and disciplinary hearing. The website is easy to navigate and can save you the time of going downtown. 

The website can also assist in different opportunities to business owners.  You can find City contract opportunities, financial assistance resources, business education, hiring & training resources, bike parking and finding your neighborhood resources.

For more information please visit or you can contact Mary Gill at 773-881-0622.  I will be glad to help.
  How to Tackle the "Terrible 2's & 3's" @ Belle Up Maternity                       
 Please join NPN and Dr. Margret Nickels, Director of the Erikson Institute Center for Children and Families, the evening of Tuesday, March 25th at Belle Up Maternity.

Dr. Nickels will help families understand what makes this time so challenging and explain what developmental changes a toddler goes through.  She will offer practical advice on how to manage and to best support your child's development.  Learning more about this normal stage in your child's growth can make it easier to get through it and ensure you're not contributing to unnecessary battles.

Event Information

Location:  Belle Up maternity
Address:  3440 W. 111th Street, Chicago, IL 60655
Time: 7:00 p.m-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Registered attendees will receive 15% shopping discount during the evening(see store for details).  While this event is "adults only," lap and/or nursing babies are welcome.

For more information please visit,


  Our Website
Please visit our website! We are going to constantly be updating our new website with information.

I want to help! If you have any questions or would like to be in our newsletter, please call me at 773-881-0622 or email me at



Mary Gill

Mount Greenwood Community and Business Association