‘Black Voices’ Community Conversation: Small Black Businesses | Chicago News


After Thanksgiving Thursday, the start of Hanukkah Sunday, and this weekend’s bargains, the holiday season is on.

It is a time of meeting loved ones, delicious food and gifts. Amid supply chain issues, some business owners have told customers to start shopping for gifts and ordering their favorite desserts early.

This is because many small businesses are still struggling to recover from shutdowns during the pandemic, while facing labor shortages.

On Monday, Brandis Friedman, co-host of “Chicago Tonight” and host of “Chicago Tonight: Black Voices”, moderated the latest edition of our community conversation series “Chicago Tonight: Black Voices”.

She was joined by Siri Hibbler, founder and chairman of Illinois Black Chamber of Commercethe Black Cook County Chamber of Commerce and the Garfield Park Chamber of Commerce; Lenore Lindsey, owner of Give me Sugah bakery in Rive-Sud, which has been in the community for 13 years; and Peter Gaona, owner of Reformed school, a clothing brand founded in 2013. It has a showcase in the retail store L1 in Washington Park, and the brand is sold in stores across the country.

They discussed how they have been affected by some of the issues facing so many entrepreneurs and small business owners in the city and across the country.

Future event

Our next “Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices” community conversation is scheduled for Monday, December 20 at 8:00 PM. Visit wttw.com/events to RSVP. Journalist Joanna Hernandez will speak with community leaders about holiday traditions in Chicago’s many Latin American communities.


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