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Law Project Presentation Focus is Small Business Assistance

The Law Project is coming to our community to answer all your small business questions. Join the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) on Thur., Sept. 29, 8:30 a.m. in the BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. to learn more about the Law Project’s Small Business Program which offers legal support to entrepreneurs as a strategy to create financial independence.

The Law Project recognizes that most entrepreneurs and small businesses operate on a shoestring budget, so obtaining legal advice is often unaffordable. The organization offers small business owners assistance on a wide variety of issues, including:

Business Structure & Formation, Business License Applications, Minority Owned or Women Owned Business Certifications, Zoning, Buying or Selling Real Estate, Getting a Loan, Signing a Lease or Contract, Hiring or Firing Employees, Working with Independent Contractors, Exempt or Non-Exempt Employees (who gets overtime?), Protecting Your Name, Logo, and Creative Work (Trademark & Copyright), Real Estate Construction Contracts, Legal Compliance with State and Federal Laws, including Affordable Care Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Concealed Carry Act and Federal, State, and Local Anti-Discrimination Laws, and Crowdfunding.

The Law Project presentation is co-sponsored by BAPA, Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association, 95th St. Business Association and the Mount Greenwood Community and Business Association. RSVP to Margot Holland,

Crowdfunding for Small Businesses

You’ve heard about crowdfunding, now learn how it works! Equity Crowdfunding and Small Business, a workshop introducing this funding option to your businesses, will be presented by Florence Hardy, Director of the Illinois Small Business Center, Wed., Sept. 21, 8:30 a.m., BAPA Community Room.

Equity crowdfunding enables broad groups of investors to fund startup companies and small businesses in return for equity. In this workshop, participants will learn how businesses connect with investors, the plusses and potential problems of this funding option, and how crowdfunding benefits both the businesses and the investors.

Workshop admission is free. Space is limited; reserve a place by calling 773-233-3100 or email with Crowdfunding Workshop in subject line.

Sculpt + Shred Fitness Opens on 95th Street

Sculpt + Shred Fitness, 1751 W. 95th St., offers a variety of fitness and wellness options that they describe as training “from the inside out.”

Clients can choose from signature classes such as Sculpt + Shred Boxing, Sculpt + Shred Triple X Power Class, Shred on the Tread, Sculpt Yoga, Sculpt Kickboxing and more. One-on-one personal training is also an option.

With a commitment to help end chronic conditions, Sculpt + Shred offers programs to combat diabetes, reduce high blood pressure, and lose 30 pounds in 30 days. These programs include health assessments, meal planning, classes and more. The goal is to help clients achieve their goals through proper nutrition, exercise and health education.

Sculpt + Shred instructors came out to the Vanderpoel Improvement Association Resource Extravaganza in August to demonstrate their classes. For information on classes and programs, and to sign up visit or call 773-629-6152.


Little Company of Mary Hospital opens its doors to its first Progressive Care Unit

Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) has opened its first Progressive Care Unit (PCU) for patients with acute medical illnesses who need special care. The PCU is a nine-bed unit that is a “step down” from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and is located adjacent to the ICU. Patients admitted to the PCU will be stable, but require intensive observation or a higher level of nursing care. Together, Little Company of Mary’s ICU and PCU provide intensive medical, surgical and nursing care, state-of-the-art electronic monitoring, life support systems and a complete range of diagnostic capabilities. A blessing ceremony not only was held to honor this great new service, but physicians, nurses and staff also were celebrated for their dedicated commitment to bringing enhanced wellness and healing to the Little Company of Mary community.

10th Anniversary of the Books Ink Literary Event

By Lydia Barnes

The stated mission of Books Ink is to guide and assist authors in developing high quality books for successful entry into the literary marketplace.  To that end, Constance Shabazz, owner of Books Ink Bookstore and Literary Services, has partnered with the Chicago Public Library every October for ten years to hold an array of panel discussions, workshops and book signings. This year, the event is scheduled for Sat., Oct. 15, beginning at 9 a.m. Admission is free and the event is easily accessible at the Carter G. Woodson Library on the corner of 95th and Halsted.

Participants will be able to buy a wide selection of books directly from the authors, and take advantage of professional advice and expert ideas though panel discussions and workshops that continue until 3 p.m.  For more information, contact Constance Shabazz,



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