With no staff, Burns mentioned, she could not qualify for a federal mortgage from the Paycheck Safety Program or most grants. And he or she mentioned she has not acquired any assist from Ald. Maria Hadden, forty ninth, whose ward consists of Rogers Park.
“We have now an alderman who we now have not seen since March,” Burns mentioned. “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 took place, 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 taking part in our conferences, which I encourage her to do,” mentioned 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 provides vacation consumers rebates of as much as $75 for spending cash at native retailers.
“Rogers Park is a really distinctive group the place residents usually assist native companies, particularly these with brick-and-mortar shops,” mentioned Sandi Worth, government director of the Rogers Park Enterprise Alliance. “Yearly we host Live Love Shop Rogers Park to assist native companies, and you don’t want to reside in Rogers Park to take part.”
In line with Worth, in 2019 the nonprofit group awarded $6,375 in rebates to customers who spent $32,830 at Rogers Park companies between Thanksgiving and Dec. 31. As for a way this system is pacing this 12 months, Worth mentioned, “It’s too early to inform proper now, however I anticipate and hope that every 12 months we perform a little higher.”
One other draw back within the neighborhood this 12 months: Loyola College Chicago, within the southeast nook of Rogers Park, is holding lessons remotely throughout the pandemic.
“Loyola directed main foot visitors to each enterprise in Rogers Park, however now that, too, is gone due to the pandemic,” mentioned Invoice Morton, president of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce. “Because it stands now, Rogers Park, like so many different neighborhoods, is shedding a lot of its companies, particularly eating places.”