Business Update – April 2018

Book Discussion and Author Visits in Store at Bookie’s

Start reading! Bookie’s, 10324 S. Western, is hosting several events this month. The Second Sunday Book Club will meet Sun., Apr. 8, 2 p.m. at Open Outcry Brewing Co., 10934 S. Western. The book is “We Care for You” by Paul Kitcatt. Copies are available at the book store, and the author will join the book club discussion via Skype. Participating in the Second Sunday Book Club is open to all.

Independent Bookstore Day is Sat., Apr. 28, and Bookies will host special guests, including R.C. Goodwin, the author of Side Street Press’s new release, “Model Child,” a psychological thriller. During Children’s Book Week, Apr. 30 through May 6, Bookies will host guests almost every day.

Bookie’s is open 7 days a week and offers a wide selection of new and used books. Looking for a particular title? Call 773-239-1110, or, better yet, stop by the store and enjoy browsing through the books. More info


Biros Real Estate Welcomes 3 New Brokers

Erin Cotter, Susan Stevens and Mary Therese Quiter recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Biros Real Estate. “Mary Therese, Erin and Susan will assist buyers and sellers in their purchase and sale of residential or commercial real estate,” said said Bill Biros, Broker/Owner, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Biros Real Estate. “All three live in the neighborhoods we serve and they are the type of sales professionals we are seeking, as we continue to grow the company, and increase our presence in the local community. Our focus is on the customer and our goal is to provide the best products and services. The knowledge, professionalism and dedication of our sales agents has made working with BHHS Biros Real Estate the right choice for thousands of satisfied buyers and sellers over the last 35 years.”


Spring Tree Care Leaves Your Summer Made in the Shade

Even though spring is a busy time of year for neighborhood families, the certified arborists at Smitty’s Tree Service recommend making time to ensure that one of our community’s finest assets – the trees – are strong and healthy.

According to Smitty’s specialists, homeowners should clear away winter debris from tree root areas, spread a light layer of mulch, and, once the ground is thawed, give each tree a good watering. These activities will assist in root health as the cool spring transitions into the hot summer.

Spring is also a good time to apply fertilizer. Well-fertilized trees are healthier and can fight off pests and disease more easily. Trees should also be inspected for damage, disease and pests in spring. These jobs may require the help of a certified arborist.

Certified arborists have the skills and knowledge needed to detect damage, diagnose diseases in trees and shrubs, and identify pests that can cause extensive damage or even kill trees. Chicago winters can be hard on trees. Broken and dead branches should be removed, and trees should be inspected for damage from salt and hard freezes. Certified arborists can care for damaged or sick trees and nurse them back to health. Diseases that kill trees and can spread to other trees if not treated. Insect infestations can also be deadly. Local trees are vulnerable to Japanese beetles, leaf miners, aphids, bagworms and other pests.

Smitty’s Tree Service is a BAPA Business Member; see their business directory listing at under resources. They have been serving residential and commercial customers for more than 60 years, and are fully insured and licensed. For a free estimate, contact Smitty’s at 708-385-2814 or


Get the Help You Need to Make Your Business Successful

Local business owners are encouraged to take advantage of expert advice from counselors from SCORE and the Far South Community Development Corporation. Mentors from these organizations meet with clients at the BAPA office, 1987 W. 111th St.  SCORE business mentor Kevin Scanlan is available by appointment to help entrepreneurs learn more about business start-up, finding funding, expanding their current businesses, managing cash flow and marketing. Mentoring is free and offered by appointment only. Make appointments at

Florence Hardy and Kathryn Jackson of the Far South Community Development Corporation (FSCDC) make appointments to help small businesses with business accounting and business plans on the second Wednesday of each month between 10 a.m. and noon. Far South counselors are experts at connecting businesses with resources and services for current and prospective business owners. To schedule an appointment, call BAPA, 773-233-3100.



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