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Northwestern Cutlery leaving Fulton Market after nearly 50 years, selling building and moving north 8.7.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
The family-owned business will move to a larger space in Norwood Park. A hotel will go up on the Lake Street store site.
#BuyBlack Has Helped Black Businesses Hit by COVID. But It Won’t Solve the Biggest Problems. 7.7.2020 Mother Jones
When New York City shut down in mid-March, Leticia “Skai” Young told herself that if her Harlem restaurant could earn 50 percent of its regular revenues in the midst of a global pandemic, she would count it as a win. LoLo’s Seafood Shack—known for Caribbean-style fish dishes and décor that makes you feel like you’ve […]
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Nearly 60 Chicago street vendors get $500 relief check from grassroots emergency fund: ‘Thanks to their own community’ 3.7.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Almost 60 Chicago street vendors have received COVID-19 relief aid thanks to an emergency fund created by a community group that has raised about $39,000 in donations.
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Bars and restaurants find themselves at coronavirus crossroads for July Fourth: ‘It’s going to be a tough weekend' 3.7.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
After neighborhoods like Wrigleyville saw a surge in unmasked patrons, Mayor Lori Lightfoot told bars and restaurants to expect fines up to $10,000 if they don't comply with COVID-19 restrictions.
Grindr's new owners are straight. They say that's OK 2.7.2020 L.A. Times - Technology News

Citing national security concerns, the U.S. compelled the Chinese owners of Grindr, the popular gay dating app, to sell the company to American investors. Here's their vision for the company.

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Racism makes the impacts of climate change unequal 2.7.2020 GreenBiz.com
This article originally was published on Yale Environment 360 . The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans have cast stark new light on the racism that remains deeply embedded in U.S. society. It is as present in matters of the environment as in other aspects of life: Both historical and present-day injustices have left people of color exposed to far greater environmental health hazards than whites. Elizabeth Yeampierre has been an important voice on these issues for more than two decades. As co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance , she leads a coalition of more than 70 organizations focused on addressing racial and economic inequities together with climate change. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Yeampierre draws a direct line from slavery and the rapacious exploitation of natural resources to current issues of environmental justice. "I think about people who got the worst food, the worst ...
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Illinois to open more small-business development centers, including 5 in Chicago, to help COVID-19 recovery 2.7.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Illinois unveiled an $11.5 million investment to open seven small business resource centers, including five in Chicago, that provide support amid the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis and stores damaged from protests in early June.
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 828 new known COVID-19 cases and 30 additional deaths reported as some states and cities around the US begin pausing reopening plans 2.7.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.
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A Sikh business owner was told to “go back your country” before being run over by a car. Now the community is demanding justice. 1.7.2020 Denver Post: Local
Sikh community members in Colorado and around the country are calling for hate crime charges in Jefferson County, two months after a Lakewood store owner was run over.
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Chicago awards 32 businesses $5.4 million in grants for construction and rehabilitation projects, with a focus on the South and West sides 1.7.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Some 32 project finalists will be awarded $5.4 million in Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grants, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Tuesday.
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened June 29 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area 30.6.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.
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Where are they now? Catch up with 30 Under 30 alumni 29.6.2020 GreenBiz.com
Where are they now? Catch up with 30 Under 30 alumni Heather Clancy Mon, 06/29/2020 - 02:30 June 22 marked the publication of the fifth annual GreenBiz 30 Under 30 , our report celebrating rising young professionals in the field of corporate sustainability.  What’s up in the worlds of the 120 alumni from past lists? We reached out this spring to check in, asking those inclined to weigh in on how current events have changed their world views. We asked them to consider two questions: With the world turned upside down, what is your focus at work? Do you think the COVID-19 crisis marks a turning point for the sustainability movement?  Following are some of their responses, lightly edited, representing perspective from all four past cohorts. We did not specifically ask the alumni to consider the broader question of systemic racism, as our outreach was completed prior to the national protests triggered by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But look for future updates and essays on this topic, such as ...
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81-year-old pharmacist whose business was decimated by recent looting vows to continue serving Roseland — as he has for nearly half a century 22.6.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Looters recently struck a drug store run by 81-year-old pharmacist Howard Bolling. How he is trying to rebuild his business, which has served Chicago's Roseland neighborhood for almost half a century.
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Black-owned businesses face a system set up against them. COVID-19 makes it worse 20.6.2020 LA Times: Business

The coronavirus-related closures hurt many small businesses. But before that, Black-owned businesses already faced hurdles in getting financing.

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Lyft commits to 100% electric vehicles by 2030. Here’s why it matters. 18.6.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Lyft commits to 100% electric vehicles by 2030. Here’s why it matters.
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Setting the Record Straight on the Benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative 17.6.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Protecting Pennsylvanians from COVID-19 and addressing the systemic racial injustices that plague our communities must be the top priorities of our elected officials right now. However, it’s critical lawmakers don’t lose sight of the escalating threats to our health and economy, including the pollution that impacts the safety and well-being of our families and communities. […]
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Rockefeller Foundation pledges $10 million to increase economic opportunity for minority-owned businesses in Chicago and 9 other cities 16.6.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
The Rockefeller Foundation has launched a new initiative that will invest $10 million in 10 U.S. cities, including Chicago, to promote economic equity for low-wage workers and minority-owned small businesses.
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Imperial County has highest rate of COVID-19 cases in the state; it wants to reopen anyway 15.6.2020 LA Times: Health

Imperial County, with a high COVID-19 rate, is divided. Many businesses are desperate to reopen, but many residents fear reopening now will cost lives.

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Chicago’s Arab American store owners face reckoning in wake of George Floyd killing 15.6.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
After Mahmoud Abumayyaleh, the owner of the Minneapolis store outside of which George Floyd was killed by police, spoke out against police brutality, Arab American business owners have been encouraged to reflect on their relationships with their communities.
Vernon has about as many coronavirus cases as residents. That worries its neighbors 14.6.2020 LA Times: Health

Outbreaks in at least nine factories in Vernon spark concern that the disease could spread to nearby working-class heavily Latino cities.

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