With no staff, Burns stated, she could not qualify for a federal mortgage from the Paycheck Safety Program or most grants. And she or he stated she has not acquired any help from Ald. Maria Hadden, forty ninth, whose ward contains Rogers Park.
“We’ve an alderman who we have now not seen since March,” Burns stated. “Nobody has seen her. I miss Joe Moore as my alderman.”
Hadden disagreed with Burns, saying she hosts common conferences with Rogers Park enterprise house owners.
“When the pandemic first happened, I hosted weekly (digital) conferences with enterprise house owners, however now it has been moved to biweekly (on Thursdays) from 2 to three p.m., and I don’t recall Ms. Burns collaborating in our conferences, which I encourage her to do,” stated Hadden. “There are 650 companies in Rogers Park, and most are small companies. However with out extra assist from the federal authorities, there will likely be extra companies closing.”
Small companies are getting assist from the native Chamber of Commerce and the Rogers Park Enterprise Alliance, which yearly affords vacation buyers rebates of as much as $75 for spending cash at native retailers.
“Rogers Park is a really distinctive group the place residents usually help native companies, particularly these with brick-and-mortar shops,” stated Sandi Worth, government director of the Rogers Park Enterprise Alliance. “Yearly we host Live Love Shop Rogers Park to assist native companies, and you do not want to dwell in Rogers Park to take part.”
In keeping with Worth, in 2019 the nonprofit group awarded $6,375 in rebates to shoppers who spent $32,830 at Rogers Park companies between Thanksgiving and Dec. 31. As for the way this system is pacing this yr, Worth stated, “It’s too early to inform proper now, however I anticipate and hope that every yr we perform a little higher.”
One other draw back within the neighborhood this yr: Loyola College Chicago, within the southeast nook of Rogers Park, is holding courses remotely throughout the pandemic.
“Loyola directed main foot site visitors to each enterprise in Rogers Park, however now that, too, is gone due to the pandemic,” stated Invoice Morton, president of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce. “Because it stands now, Rogers Park, like so many different neighborhoods, is taking a look at shedding lots of its companies, particularly eating places.”