By Davia Douglas
The recently branded Community Connections Committee was established to address the many areas of diversity and equality throughout the 19th ward. Founded in response to the call to the table for BAPA, Beverly/Morgan Park’s local business associations, and its business owners to plan for nationally celebrated Black Business Month, the committee is excited to be a new collective throughout the entire ward. Joining with the Mt. Greenwood Business Association and our local alderman’s office, the committee would like to continue to bring awareness, exposure and resources to the intertwined networks of people that make up our beautiful neighborhood.
The committee has set a standard of highlighting a diversity component of our neighborhood each quarter through a series of networking, learning and civic engagement events. For the fall quarter, we have decided to continue to unite our commercial network by honoring women-owned businesses through the month of October. Plans are being finalized for a networking event, “Ladies & Logos” at the beginning of the month to allow women business owners to come together to expand their networks and share information about their local business.
Later in the month, an event is being planned with a focus on health and wellness — one of the biggest concerns specifically of women-business owners in the country. Look for the newly designed 19th Ward logo of inclusivity and connection on our website villageinthecity.org for more details. Thank you to all who have supported us in these efforts and conversations to date. It truly acknowledges the commitment of our neighborhood to create space for us all to love where we live.