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October 28
A SWEET WAY TO SAY THANK YOU premium

HollingsworthAutumn is a great season to reflect on gratitude. Saying thank you is a kind gesture but sending a treat to a special person is a great way to show your appreciation. Hollingsworth Candies, based in Lockport, IL, has been producing toffee from a family recipe since 1982. Today, in addition to the 15,000 pounds of toffee they produce each year, they have expanded their product offering to include nut brittle, chocolate dipped strawberries, sea salt caramels and more. Their confections can be ordered online and shipped nationally so go ahead and surprise someone (or treat yourself).…

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July 29
The Hartford and NBC 5 Chicago Host Contest To Give Local Small Businesses a Boost in Chicago premium

Do you have a favorite small business in Chicago that is making a difference in their community? Nominate them for a chance to win $2,500 and free consulting from The Hartford here!

The Hartford and NBC 5 Chicago have launched the Small Business Boost contest to reward small business owners in Chicago who play a big role in their communities. The Small Business Boost is part of The Hartford’s Communities with HART program. Read more about The Hartford’s Small Business Boost and how it supports small businesses in Chicago here: goo.gl/1kYOPE.

And don’t forget to enter your favorite small business in Chicago here by August 2nd for a chance to win!…

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July 15
VERNITA JOHNSON, DLV PRINTING premium

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Vernita Johnson began her business DLV Printing out of her home more than 20 years ago, designing personalized items as favors for family, friends, and community members. Today, Vernita’s business prints for over 30 Chicago Public Schools and has been selected for Fast Track! Fast Track is a training, coaching and mentoring program that helps set businesses on a path to growth, made possible by Accion’s partnership with Capital One and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. Vernita is also a participant of The Hartford’s Communities with HART program with Accion.  Funding through The Hartford’s Communities with HART program made Vernita’s loan possible.

“What I am most proud of is the dedication it took to say in business for over  20 years. Being in business at the same location gave us a customer base that we have continued to this day. We have met many people over the 20 years from being …

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June 20
Serving the Community with Tax Preparation Assistance premium

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My client’s success is my success.”

With 15 years of experience as a financial analyst, Santos Ochoa has become a leader in his community on tax preparation. His business, Ochoa & Associates, has become an invaluable resource for Spanish speaking clientele. He noticed that many similar businesses in the area were unable to assist the large Spanish speaking population of Aurora, IL and he knew this was one way he could bring more value to his local community.

Apart from the critical tax and bookkeeping work that Ochoa & Associates offers, the business is a great resource for small business development. Santos has found that many local small businesses have recordkeeping challenges. Santos firmly believes in the strength found in collaboration. He says, “My client’s success is my success.”

Santos first came to Accion Chicago in 2012 in order to get more working capital to keep his business …

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November 23
Shop Small: Big Shoulders Coffee premium

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Hard working craft coffees and espresso

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November 16
Shop Small: Charboys premium

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Sauces and seasonings that celebrate the rich regional heritages and flavors found around the world

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November 16
Shop Small: Shawnimals premium

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Huggable friends that appear as designer toys, lifestyle accessories, apparel, comic books, video games, and more

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November 16
Shop Small: Vividbraille premium

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Clothing for the young professional that wants to attach meaning to fashion

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November 16
Shop Small: Resketch premium

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Reclaimed paper sketchbooks and notebooks

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November 16
Shop Small: Po Campo premium

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Versatile and functional bags that fit your life

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