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UPDATE: Sign Legislation Changes for Chicago Businesses featuring Right Way Signs

How's Business?

Release Date: 02/11/2020

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How's Business?

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UPDATE: Sign Legislation Changes for Chicago Businesses featuring Right Way Signs show art UPDATE: Sign Legislation Changes for Chicago Businesses featuring Right Way Signs

How's Business?

Previously, Alex described doing business in Chicago as "frustrating". Running the sign company his father started has been a challenge, to say the least, especially with all of the layers of approval and red tape it takes for clients to get their signs and awnings approved. The permit process is currently slow and complicated, but it might be getting a little easier. As we release this episode, a new ordinance has been introduced in City Council to change the process for signs that hang over the public way, like awnings and thick lettering.  To learn how to help advocate for this change...

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Robbie says doing business in Chicago is "full circle" because of how far she's come, from college professor to learning how to grow and manage her Chatham based pest control company to bidding on accounts with universities and other large companies and organizations. And it hasn't been easy. From licensing to human resources to managing your online reputation, running a business can sometimes feel like you're working twice as hard as having a job. So how exactly does she do it? Learn more at Follow and   *** How’s Business? is created by the at the University of Chicago Law School...

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Eva says doing business in Chicago is "challenging." That's putting it lightly! This founder of Catalyst Ranch, a creative meeting and event space in historic downtown Chicago, has run around in circles and jumped through hoops many times for everything from expanding their physical location, to getting the proper licensing to offer catering at their events, to getting a sign that people can actually see from the street. Find out why, despite these obstacles, Eva has no plans to leave Chicago and how she made the leap from corporate employee to thriving entrepreneur. Learn more at Follow , , ...

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Eric describes doing business in Chicago as "exhilarating." Despite being a natural entrepreneur who loves his city and his community, it isn't always easy to navigate the city's codes and licenses. How exactly did Eric go from peddling Bart Simpson t-shirts on the street, to a lifestyle retail space in Wicker Park and a move to Hyde Park, to starting a block party in Hyde Park that attracts thousands of people, to pop-up shops around Chicago? Learn more at Follow @thesilverroom... Instagram: Facebook: Twitter: *** How’s Business? is created by the at the University of Chicago Law...

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Juana describes doing business in Chicago as "frustrating." She spent much of her life savings outfitting a truck for mobile retail, but how's it going? Learn more at *** How’s Business? is created by the at the University of Chicago Law School (IJ Clinic) and is hosted by Stacy Massey. Podcast editing services by Andrea Klunder and Edwin Ruiz at Follow us on Instagram Chicago-based business owners who are interested in being featured on How’s Business? are especially invited to connect with us at !

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Maria describes doing business in Chicago as "amazing." Her business was recently formalized with the passing a street vending ordinance. Learn more about what street food legalization means for her. *** How’s Business? is created by the at the University of Chicago Law School (IJ Clinic) and is hosted by Stacy Massey. Podcast editing services by Andrea Klunder and Edwin Ruiz at Follow us on Instagram Chicago-based business owners who are interested in being featured on How’s Business? are especially invited to connect with us at !

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Previously, Alex described doing business in Chicago as "frustrating". Running the sign company his father started has been a challenge, to say the least, especially with all of the layers of approval and red tape it takes for clients to get their signs and awnings approved.

The permit process is currently slow and complicated, but it might be getting a little easier.

As we release this episode, a new ordinance has been introduced in City Council to change the process for signs that hang over the public way, like awnings and thick lettering. 

To learn how to help advocate for this change and others like it in support of Chicago small business, email us: clinic@ijclinic.org or call 773-834-3129. 

You can learn more about Right Way Signs at www.rightwaysigns.com or on Facebook @RightWaySigns.

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How’s Business? is created by the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School (IJ Clinic) and is hosted by Stacy Massey.

Podcast editing services by Andrea Klunder and Edwin Ruiz at The Creative Impostor Studios.

Follow us on Instagram @howsbusiness_chi

Chicago-based business owners who are interested in being featured on How’s Business? are especially invited to connect with us at http://www.howsbusinesschi.com!