ANNUAL REPORT 2019
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3322 S OAK PARK AVE, 2ND FL | BERWYN, IL 60402 (708) 788-8100 email@example.com Berwyn.net f @BerwynDevelopmentCorporation i @Berwyn Development Corporation
The BDC is a public-private partnership with the City of Berwyn that provides chamber services and economic development to all segments of the Berwyn community. The BDC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership organization that serves business and individual members. The BDC focuses its efforts on those activities that will improve the overall climate for local businesses and residents, in addition to encouraging the development of new commercial venues and employment opportunities. The BDC continually strives to develop new programs, services and special events that promote Berwyn businesses and the community.
REPORT CONTENT 2019 Timeline
Community Strategic Planning Session
2019 Grand Openings
Berwyn.net Additions & Corridor Roundtables
BDC Contract with the City of Berwyn
BDC Special Events
2019 TIME LINE
JANUARY • • • • • • • • • • •
BDC 2019 Annual Meeting Piper/Ashby Award Ceremony Business Corridor Roundtable: Depot District BDC Women in Business Monthly Meeting BDC’s Nonprofit Roundtable Monthly Meeting BDC roll-out of 2 Economic Development incentive programs: Finish Line Grant and Pay As You Go Weekly economic development updates for BDC members Finish Line Grant approved by City Council, 8-0 Vote Pay As You Go Program approved by City Council, 8-0 Vote Alley Vacation for Harlem & Ogden Redevelopment approved by City Council, 8-0 Vote Roosevelt& Depot TIF Extensions approved by City Council, 8-0 Vote Depot TIF Extension approved by Berwyn Park District
FEBRUARY • Business Corridor Roundtable: Roosevelt Rd • BDC Women in Business Monthly Meeting: Award-Winning Entrepreneur Gabriela Rodil • BDC’s Nonprofit Roundtable Monthly Meeting • Roosevelt TIF Extension approved by North Berwyn Park District • Released the Berwyn Magazine, Issue 1, 2019
APRIL • Business Corridor Roundtable: Cermak Road • Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting | Crepas Culichi • Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting | Legend Tasty House • BDC Women in Business Monthly Meeting • Depot District Mini Golf Pub Crawl • BDC Seminar | How to Hire Your Next Employee • BDC Non-Profit Roundtable • Roosevelt and Depot TIF Extensions approved by the Berwyn Township
MARCH • BDC Seminar | Visual Storytelling with Joel Gonzalez from WeOurStory • Business Corridor Roundtable: Harlem • BDC Women in Business Monthly Meeting: Ljubica D. Popovic from Caputo & Popovic P.C. • Free Business Counseling with SCORE • Roosevelt and Depot TIF Extensions approved by the 708 Mental Health Board • Roosevelt and Depot TIF Extensions approved by Cook County • 3D Collision Commercial Loan paid off • Roosevelt and Depot TIF Extensions approved by Morton College • Roosevelt TIF Extension Approved by Berwyn School Dist 98
MAY • Roosevelt and Depot TIF Extensions approved by J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 • Depot TIF Extension approved by Berwyn South School Dist 100 • Business Corridor Roundtable: Central Berwyn (16th St, 26th St & Ridgeland Ave) • BDC Seminar | Facebook Marketing: Latest Trends & Authentic Messages • BDC Berwyn After Hours hosted by Republic Bank of Chicago • Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting | Flight 22 Wine Bar • BDC Women in Business Monthly Meeting • Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting | Cien100% Naturalisimo • BDC Non-Profit Roundtable • Cook County Land Bank sale approval of 4 commercial properties • Released the Community Resource Guide/Issue 2, 2019
JUNE • Business Corridor Roundtable: Ogden Avenue • Depot District Cruise Nites sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar • BDC Seminar | Inside the Mind of Google • Clean Sweep Garage Sale • BDC Women in Business Monthly Meeting • Berwyn Council of Presidents • Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting | Slice Factory • BDC Women in Business After-Hours hosted by V BAR • 3rd Annual Berwyn Pride Walk 2019 • Why Berwyn? Marketing Campaign 2019 Launch • Depot and Roosevelt TIF extension bills approved by the Illinois State House and Senate
JULY • Depot District Cruise Nites sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar • BDC Women in Business Monthly Meeting • BDC Non-Profit Roundtable • Formation of Berwyn’s 2020 Census Complete Counts Committee • Business Corridor Roundtable: Depot District • Taste of Cermak Road presented by Mayor Robert J. Lovero • Released the Berwyn Magazine, Issue 1, 2019
SEPTEMBER • Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting: Friendly Insurance Advisor Group • BDC Seminar: Ramp Up Your Social Media • Business Corridor Roundtable: Harlem Ave • BDC Women in Business Monthly Meeting • Berwyn’s 19th Annual Oktoberfest presented by Loyola Medicine and MacNeal Hospital • Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting: Alphabet Learning Center #3 • Tax Increment Financing Annual Joint Review Board Meeting • Addition of Wintrust Group to the BDC Commercial Loan Pool • Presentation of Proposed Redevelopment Agreement for a Pay As You Go Incentive Program with La Lupita Mexican Restaurant • Beginning of Acquisitions of 6609 Stanley Ave and 6639 Stanley Ave
AUGUS T • Depot District Cruise Nites sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar • BDC Non-Profit Roundtable • Northalsted Market Days • BDC Women in Business Monthly Meeting • BerwynWeatherTech® Route 66 Car Show sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar • Business Corridor Roundtable: Roosevelt Rd • Sale of 6710 Cermak Road to a restaurant group • Presentation of BDC Quarter 2 Report to City Council • Presentation of Vacancy Report to City Council • Presentation of Proposed Community Survey to City Council • Presentation of Cannabis Information to City Council
OCT OBER • • • •
BDC Women in Business Monthly Meeting Community Strategic Planning Session Released the Berwyn Magazine, Issue 4, 2019 BDC’s Nonprofit Roundtable
NOVEMBER • • • •
BDC Women in Business Monthly Meeting Grand Opening Celebration of Old Navy Grand Opening Celebration of HealthStop Grand Opening Celebration of Freesia Salon and Wellness • BDC Webinar | Is your business ready for the Holiday Shopping Season? • Berwyn Business Breakfast: Legislative Updates for 2020 • Government Communication Focus Group
• Shop Local Holiday Season Activation Program
• Grand Opening Celebration of Moreno’s Shoe Repair • Grand Opening Celebration of Pet Supplies Plus • BDC Holiday After Hours 2019 • BDC’s Nonprofit Roundtable • Women in Business Group
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
LETTER FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT
As the Executive Director for the Berwyn Development Corporation, I’m excited to share our 2019 Annual Report. Within this report you will find valuable information on how the Berwyn Development Corporation contributed to economic development in the City of Berwyn. The BDC began the year with a strong boost to our economic development efforts, securing 12-year extensions for both the Roosevelt and Depot TIF districts. This new financial stability allowed the BDC to project TIF budgets for the next several years and brainstorm new opportunities. In a parcel-by-parcel analysis, the BDC was able to identify a further $800,000 in funding between Berwyn’s three TIF districts. With these new funds identified, the BDC secured an additional $70,000 in organizational funding from the City of Berwyn – the first such increase in nearly 8 years. With these successes in-hand, the Berwyn Development Corporation continued its strong business attraction outreach, providing information to more than 190 new business leads. This outreach provided direct results: this year Berwyn welcomed 13 new businesses to the community with ribbon cutting ceremonies. These included new locations for the Slice Factory, Old Navy, and Pet Supplies Plus. The BDC continued to support our existing business community through outreach and funding. In 2019, the BDC provided direct service to our members by hosting 25 seminars and educational events, more than 10 community events, and marketed Berwyn at 59 conferences and trade shows. The BDC also provided economic development information to 159 existing businesses, conducted 10 face-to-face retention interviews, and collected 36 business retention surveys. The BDC issued new commercial loans to three Berwyn businesses, collectively supplying $87,000 in capital. Through our newly introduced Finish Line Grant Program, the BDC committed $86,920.11 in funding to 12 Berwyn business and property owners. These funds leveraged more than $201,794.02 in commercial investment. Our staff is proud of the accomplishments we achieved for Berwyn, and we look forward to an even more dynamic 2020.
It’s hard to believe that we’ve completed yet another year of progressive economic development in Berwyn. The Berwyn Development Corporation worked diligently in 2019 to continue promoting our vibrant community and strong business environment. I am delighted with the work we’ve done, and proud to continue serving as Board President into 2020. 2019 saw a significant shift in our relationship with the City of Berwyn. Under our new contract, the BDC focused on specific metrics and deliverables in our goal to continue building and celebrating a Berwyn #FullofCharacter(s). As we move forward into 2020, this contract will be crucial in driving our economic development efforts. While we celebrate the wins of 2019, we are even more excited about the opportunities that 2020 will bring. The extension of our Roosevelt and Depot TIFs led the BDC staff to think of new and innovative ways to bring additional economic development resources to more of our business community. Because of this exercise, the BDC is pleased to announce the creation of the Ridgeland TIF, and the extension of the Harlem TIF boundary along the entirety of Cermak Road. This will allow an overwhelming majority of our businesses and commercial property owners to take advantage of both the Pay as You Go and Finish Line Grant Programs. The funds in these programs have been increased in 2020 to $100,000, $150,000, and $250,000 in the Roosevelt, Depot, and Harlem TIFs respectively. After the extension of the Depot TIF, combined with the parcel analysis and TIF budgeting in 2019, the BDC recognized an opportunity to finally begin the long-awaited Depot infrastructure improvements. These dollars will allow City staff to bring more of the community’s infrastructure up to current standards and should begin sometime in the early fall. The BDC is pleased of the collaborations and partnerships that took place in 2019, both with businesses and taxing bodies. Much of the feedback received from our community will be added to the Community Strategic Plan, which will be adopted in 2020. This plan will further assist our organization in our efforts to serve the Berwyn community in 2020 and beyond. I look forward to meeting our continued economic development goals.
Sincerely, David Hulseberg
Sincerely, Andy Sotiropoulos
Ryan Arnold Community Development Specialist Sande Brennan Director of Operations and Special Events Erika Corona-Owens Division Director of Chamber Services
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2019 BDC COMMISSIONS: • Economic Development Commission • Commercial Loan Commission
Anthony Belcaster Vice President
Nora Laureto Treasurer
Gilbert Peña not pictured
• Philanthropic Commission
Mary E. Cleary
• Oktoberfest Event Ad Hoc Commission
Richard "Jousef" Mondragon Vice President
Diane Salemi Secretary
Ana Gama Olivia Lares
Andy Sotiropoulos President
• Berwyn Rt 66 Car Show Ad Hoc Commission • Marketing and Special Events Commission • Women in Business Ad Hoc Group
Dolores Hernandez Chamber Services Coordinator David Hulseberg Executive Director Brett Michaelson Division Director of Economic Development and Planning Services Judy Saraceno-Swenson Program Coordinator Megan Strama Marketing Coordinator Sophia Smarandescu Project Manager of Economic Development Gary Director of Emotional Support
2019 BDC Financials/Budget BERWYN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Bank Accounts, Escrows and Restricted Accounts As of 12/31/19
Restricted Fund Oktoberfest
$129,309 Restricted Route 66
$87,193 Unrestricted Reserve Fund
$45,000 Restricted Special Events
Total Unrestricted Assets
SOURCE OF FUNDS
BDC Marketing & Promotions Operations $96,500
$77,500 Loan Expenses
Payroll/Benefits City of Berwyn Contract
$850,000 BERWYN.NET BERWYN.NET
ANNUAL STATISTICS 2019
Community Characteristics Median Age Percent High School Graduate Percent Bachelorâ€™s Degree Median Home Value Poverty Rate Mean Travel Time to Work
Berwyn By The Numbers
35.1 79.80% 22.60% $192,700 13.10% 32.2 Minutes
37.9 88.90% 34.10% $187,200 13.10% 29 Minutes
37.9 87.70% 35.10% $204,900 14.10% 26.6 Minutes
Information provided by Median Household Income: United States Census Bureau 2018 Census Data
Median Household Income
35,377 Hispanic or Latinx
Median Home Value
Black or African American
550 Two or More Races
66 American Indian or Alaska Native
Median Household Income
Median Household Income
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
$48,710 $50,361 $51,192 $54,113 $54,392 $57,355 $59,574 $59,801 $60,811
3.39% 1.65% 5.71% 0.52% 5.45% 3.87% 0.38% 1.69% BERWYN.NET
Non-Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Month
Information provided by Unemployment: Illinois Department of Employment Security
ANNUAL COMMERCIAL INVESTMENT AND SALES TAX Annual Residential Investment
Annual Commercial Investment
2018 Sales Tax QUARTERS 1-3
2019 Sales Tax QUARTERS 1-3
BDC CONTRACT WITH THE CITY OF BERWYN Below is a report detailing the Berwyn Development Corporation’s progress on economic development initiatives from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. Pursuant to the agreement between the City of Berwyn and the Berwyn Development Corporation, the following is an update on progress of core services to be supplied by the Berwyn Development Corporation to the City of Berwyn. A. Business Attraction: i. The BDC provided information to 164 new business prospects on land, buildings, demographics, labor force, housing, education, and other relevant information. ii. The BDC provided information to 36 new business prospects on infrastructure, engineering, site planning, and other relevant information. iii. The Berwyn Development Corporation provided information to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity on available commercial properties for listing on their website. iv. The BDC engaged in the following business attraction services on behalf of the City of Berwyn:
a. BDC staff reviewed existing incentive programs to make recommendations and provide feedback from the development community. The BDC began tracking feedback by way of commercial transfer stamps, business licenses, and building permit touches. This information led to the creation of the Vacancy Report, Transfer Stamp Supplemental Memo, and Business License Report.
b. The BDC launched the following programs in 2019:
1. The Finish Line Grant Program: A matching grant for the rehabilitation of existing properties in Berwyn’s TIF districts. The program is a sliding scale based on investment total and availability of funds.
a. The BDC received applications from 12 businesses and property owners in 2019, committing a total of $86,920.11. These funds leveraged more than $201,794.02 in commercial investment.
2. Pay As You Go Incentive Program
c. The BDC established relationships in the real estate community by meeting with real estate professionals and participated in community events (Trade Shows) as time and resources permitted. BDC staff attended 59 events, including the following:
1. Kiwanis 21. NIU Workplace Legislative Changes Seminar 2. Conservation Foundation 22. Costar Group Networking Event 3. Illinois Financial Forecast Forum 23. CDFA Opportunity Zones Event 4. WCMC Breakfast 24. Republic Bank After Hours Event 5. Multi-Chamber Economic Outlook 25. North Berwyn Park District Golf Outing 6. World of Wheels Rosemont 26. Youth Crossroads Open House 7. REIA Event 27. Annual Illinois Tax Increment Finance Conference 8. Chicago BisNow Event 28. Berwyn Nonprofit Mixer 9. ICSC Chicago 29. Healthcare Workforce Training 10. Women in Business 30. Strategic Planning session 11. A&TT Developer Bootcamp 31. Berwynner Recognition 12. IAMMA Conference 32. Legislative Update 13. Berwyn Walkability 33. Workshop Route 66 Meetings 14. REIA Multi-Family State of the Market Breakfast 34. 2112 Incubator Chicago 15. ICSC West Loop Walking Tour 35. West Suburban Chamber of Commerce Executives 16. LAI Group 36. Berwyn Council of Presidents 17. Women in Business 37. Depot District Infrastructure Kickoff 18. ILCMA Events 19. ICSC Las Vegas 20. National Restaurant Association Show
d. The BDC attended the City’s Development Services Team meetings as requested.
e. The BDC worked with the City of Berwyn to host the first Berwyn Council of Presidents. This event led to the launch of the Community Resident Survey. The survey was sent out to a representative sample of 1,800 households, as well as morning Metra commuters. Data gathered was presented at the Berwyn Strategic Planning Session on October 2, 2019. Feedback from the survey, the Strategic Planning Session, and follow-up meetings, will be used in the development of a strategic plan for the community in 2020.
BDC CONTRACT WITH THE CITY OF BERWYN B.Business Retention and Expansion i. The BDC conducted 10 Business Retention Visits with owners, presidents, or chief executives in an effort to collect information and build stronger relationships with our business community.
ii. The BDC conducted 36 Business Retention Surveys to supplement the information gathered through visits. iii. The BDC sought out information from the business community
b. The BDC served as a resource to our business community, providing economic and real estate information to 159 existing businesses looking to expand or relocate within Berwyn.
c. The BDC updated information on Berwyn’s economic profile, expanding the depth and breadth of information available on our website. This included an available properties map, sales tax data (in our annual and quarterly reports), and a vacant property map.
d. The BDC conducted nine (9) business corridor roundtables, including the Depot District (x2), Roosevelt Road (x2), Harlem Avenue (x2), Cermak Road, Central Berwyn, and Ogden Avenue. iv. The BDC began to maintain a database of all Berwyn businesses and work with the Permit Administrator to revamp the City business license process.
1. In 2019, the BDC received information for 337 commercial permits awarded by the City of Berwyn. Each permit contact received between 1 and 4 “touches,” or communication attempts. BDC staff received feedback from 49% of those contacts.
a. These permits accounted for more than $8,529,267.04 in private commercial investment.
2. In 2019, the BDC received information for 4,319 residential permits awarded by the City of Berwyn.
a. These permits accounted for more than $26,605,515.88 in private residential investment.
C. Miscellaneous a. The BDC operates the Commercial Loan and Microloan pools to assist community businesses with financing options. The BDC issued three new loans in 2019:
i. Heritage Funeral Home - $47,000 for the renovation of ADA compliant restrooms, as well as engineering for the construction of a parking lot.
ii. Capri Due - $10,000 for the restaurant expansion into the adjacent property.
iii. Eagles Club - $30,000 for the repaving and striping of their parking lot. b. The BDC submitted an application to Fannie Mae’s Sustainable Communities Innovation Challenge for a $250,000 grant in order to introduce e-bikes and increase transit connectivity for Berwyn residents.
c. The BDC continued to serve as the TIF Administrator and hosted the annual Joint Review Board meeting with taxing bodies. In our TIF meetings, the BDC provided attendees information on new 4-year budgets, the approved 12-year extensions of the Depot and Roosevelt Road TIF Districts, the proposed boundary extension of the Harlem TIF District, and the creation of a new Ridgeland TIF District.
TIF EXTENSIONS: DEPOT DISTRICT, ROOSEVELT ROAD & CERMAK RD/HARLEM AVE
STRATEGIC PLAN The Berwyn Development Corporation met in May of 2018 for a strategic planning session with the City of Berwyn. Based on the status of economic development initiatives in the community, the City and the BDC identified Immediate, Short-Term, Mid-Term, and Long-Term initiatives.
IMMEDIATE (0-3 MONTHS)
IMMEDIATE 0-3 Months
O Permits and business licensing “touches”
SHORT-TERM (3-6 MONTHS)
GOALS MET 1. The BDC completed the final three governing body approvals for the extension of both the Roosevelt and South Berwyn (Depot) TIF Districts.
1. The BDC continued utilizing information from the City to conduct economic development “touches” for new businesses receiving a license, commercial transfer stamps, and permits issued for building renovations. The BDC ensures each receives between 1 and 4 “touches.”
s SHORT-TERM 3-6 Months
O Roosevelt and Depot TIF extension review
l MID-TERM 6-12 Months
O Creation of Vacancy Report
MID-TERM (6-12 MONTHS)
GOALS MET 1. The BDC utilized information from the City, combined with corridor walks, to create a land use and vacancy list. The BDC utilized geographic information system software to map these vacancies and create a Vacancy Report and Supplemental Commercial Transfer Stamp Memo. The BDC also utilized permit data from the City to create a Building Permit Report. These reports were presented to City Council and will be published quarterly moving forward.
LONG-TERM (12+ MONTHS) 1. The BDC established a business outreach and retention strategy using Synchronist forms and online surveys. The BDC will anonymously pool this data and use it for effectively targeting community resources. 2. The BDC conducted the community-wide Resident Survey to gather additional information. The survey, combined with the Strategic Planning Session, will be used to draft a Community Strategic Plan in 2020. 3. The BDC began utilizing the vacancy and building permit reports to identify â€œchallenge areas.â€? These areas will be high priority as the BDC ramps up efforts for vacancy reduction. BERWYN.NET
T LONG-TERM 12+ Months
Establish outreach and retention strategy to target resources
BUILDING OUR COMMUNITY SURVEY In 2009, the Berwyn Development Corporation conducted a Property Owner Survey to gauge the success of the WhyBerwyn? Marketing campaign and produced an internal report on the effectiveness of the campaign. In 2019, the BDC moved to build on that survey from 10 years ago with greater depth, a broader scope and with a clear action plan to help cast the vision for the City of Berwyn.
THINGS WE LOVED AFFORDABLE HOMES LOCATION LOW TAXES COMMUNITY
AREAS FOR GROWTH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INFRASTRUCTURE COMMUNITY CLEANLINESS
• Survey focused on WhyBerwyn? Marketing campaign • No demographic data captured
460 SURVEY RESPONSES
• Captured demographic data • 1,800 surveys mailed to randomly selected residences • Survey Monkey link shared on social media, BDC e-blast and Berwyn Magazine • 200 surveys handed out to commuters • Ad in El Día and Berwyn Suburban Life newspapers
THINGS WE LOVED PROXIMITY TO CITY
(ACCESS TO HIGHWAYS, AIRPORTS, PUBLIC TRANSIT)
AFFORDABLE HOUSING DIVERSITY HISTORIC BUNGALOWS SUBURBAN CHARM
AREAS FOR GROWTH CONTINUED INVESTMENT IN SCHOOLS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INFRASTRUCTURE COMMUNITY CLEANLINESS PROMOTING UNITY IN DIVERSITY
COMMUNITY COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION Ninety residents came together to go over the results of the survey, provide feedback, and conduct workshops on some of the issues highlighted in the survey. Attendees were either nominated by a city leader or were self-nominated through the resident survey. The goal was to have the room be as demographically representative of Berwyn as possible (according to the census.gov 2017 data) and we kept this in mind as the final invitations were made.
October 12, 2019 BERWYN’S SUCCESSES 1. PARKS & RECREATION 2. MARKETING THE CITY, WHY BERWYN CAMPAIGN 3. CORRIDOR REVITALIZATION 4. SUPPORT OF THE ARTS (PUBLIC ART, LIVE MUSIC, ETC) 5. INVESTMENT IN SCHOOLS & EDUCATION 6. BERWYN PRIDE & DIVERSITY
AREAS FOR GROWTH 1. BETTER COMMUNICATION FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENT 2. REVISIT GAMING ORDINANCE 3. PROMOTE A MORE UNIFIED BERWYN 4. IMPROVE CITYWIDE PARKING & TRAFFIC CONDITIONS 5. INCREASE OUTREACH TO & ENGAGEMENT OF THE LATINX COMMUNITY 6. MORE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES FOR TEENS & YOUTH
THE RESULTS The results of this survey and this session will be posted online on the BDC’s website and will be shared with elected officials and taxing bodies as we work towards creating a Community Strategic Plan for the City. As a follow up to this session, there will be community focus groups held to continue discussing solutions to some of the issues that came up. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive updates on this process or would like more information. BERWYN.NET
Pursuant to Section D ( i and v): Marketing Berwyn’s Business Community: The BDC strives to promote the Berwyn business community through various programs such as: • Social media marketing • Developing digital campaigns • Publishing 4 annual publications • Coordinating the Berwyn business street pole banner program
Marketing Program ? WhyBerwyn.com 196,899 page views PAGE VIEWS BY THE NUMBERS
f 14,284 followers +1,231 since 2018
c 3,027 followers
39% Berwyn 37% Chicago 32,500 Visitors
4 ANNUAL PUBLICATIONS with paid advertorials Over 19K copies distributed
+691 since 2018
t 1,714 followers +135 since 2018
f c t Spotlights • Business Spotlights • Entrepreneur Spotlights • Event Spotlights • Berwyn Bites • Milestone Business Anniversaries
2019 Integrated Marketing Campaign The BDC leads the City of Berwyn’s Integrated Marketing Campaign. In 2019, the marketing campaign featured additional digital billboards.
THE 2019 CAMPAIGN INCLUDED Chicagoland Area Billboards CTA Platform Posters CTA Bus Shelter Posters Digital Billboards at Ogilvie Station Social Media Rollouts WhyBerwyn.com Website Relaunch WhyBerwyn.com Blog Posts
Joel Gonzalez, WeOurStory
The 2019 campaign continued its storytelling under the “Nothing Like A Suburb” tagline and reflects Berwyn’s core values and assets—our individuality and genuine community. Photographer: Joel Gonzalez of WeOurStory f@weourstory
#NothingLikeASuburb #WhyBerwyn #FullOfCharacter #HandcraftedCommunity
WhyBerwyn? Campaign Digital Billboards
WHYBERWYN.COM WEBSITE RELAUNCH
Annually, the BDC develops business trainings and development opportunities for the local business community:
Small Business Education 2
A Guide to Customer Success
How to Hire Your Next Employee
Facebook Marketing: Latest Trends & Authentic Messaging
Inside the Mind of Google
Ramp Up Your Social Media
Is Your Business Ready for the Holiday Shopping Season?
Berwyn Business Breakfast: Legislative Updates for 2020
SCORE: Free Business Counseling Sessions
2019 Business After Hours & Special Interest Groups
BDCâ€™s Nonprofit Roundtable
Monthly Women in Business Meetings
Business After Hours at Republic Bank of Chicago
Women in Business After Hours Event
Annual BDC Holiday After Hours
2019 BDC Annual Meeting
2019 Grand Openings
In 2019, the BDC welcomed 13 businesses to Berwyn with a coordinated grand opening with the City of Berwyn.
Crepas Culichi 2713 S Ridgeland Ave
Legend Tasty House 7170 W Cermak Rd
Slice Factory 6900 W Ogden Ave
Youth Crossroads, Inc. 6501 W Stanley Ave
Flight 22 Wine Bar 6518 W Cermak Rd
Friendly Insurance Advisor Group 2145 S Cuyler Ave
OLD NAVY 7085 W Cermak Rd
Pet Supplies Plus 7133 W Cermak Rd
Cien 100% Naturalisimo 2709 S Ridgeland Ave
Alphabet Learning Center #3 7135 W Windsor Ave
HealthStop 3635 S Harlem Ave
Morenoâ€™s Shoe Repair 3142 S Oak Park Ave
Freesia Salon and Wellness 6841 W Cermak Rd
Additional Information on Berwyn.net
O City Contract O Strategic Plan
O Vacancy Report
O TIF Information
2019 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BUSINESS CORRIDOR ROUNDTABLES
DEPOT DISTRICT January 23
ROOSEVELT RD February 20
OGDEN AVE June 19
HARLEM AVE March 20
DEPOT DISTRICT July 24
CERMAK RD April 24
ROOSEVELT RD August 21
CENTRAL BERWYN May 15
HARLEM AVE September 18 BERWYN.NET
Redevelopment Projects in Partnership with the City of Berwyn
COMPLETED IN 2019 In 2019, the BDC successfully Launched the Finish Line Grant program. This grant program is geared towards assisting business and property owners with the rehabilitation and renovation of buildings in our TIF districts. The goal of the program is not only to assist in redevelopment projects but also to increase the economic viability of our community. In the first year of its rollout, the BDC committed $86,920.11 which, in turn, leveraged more than $201,794.02 in private commercial investment. In 2020, the BDC has budgeted $500,000 for this grant, earmarked for the Roosevelt, Harlem, and Depot TIF districts.
CAPRI RISTORANTE DUE 6822 W Windsor Ave Berwyn, IL 60402
CAPITAL AUTO PROPERTY 3244 S Grove Ave Berwyn, IL 60402
ALPHABET LEARNING CENTER #3 6958 W Windsor Ave Berwyn, IL 60402
LEGEND TASTY HOUSE 7170 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402
PET SUPPLIES PLUS
7133 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402
7085 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402
7-Eleven & Starbucks Nearing Completion Construction is well underway for the redevelopment of the southeast corner of Harlem Ave and Ogden Ave. Construction is looking to finish in late spring, with the new 7-Eleven and Starbucks hoping to open in the summer. These tenants will make great additions to the already robust business mix along one of Berwynâ€™s busiest commercial corridors. BERWYN.NET
2019 Special Events
Depot District Mini-Golf Pub Crawl Over 600 attendees
Depot District Clean Sweep Garage Sale Over 100 vendors
Taste of Cermak Road Presented by Mayor Robert J. Lovero
The WeatherTechÂŽ Berwyn Rt 66 Car Show Sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar
Over 20,000 attendees
Berwynâ€™s Oktoberfest Presented by Loyola Medicine and MacNeal Hospital
Over 15,000 attendees
Cruise Nites Sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar
Over 100 attendees
Over 300 attendees
SAVE THE DATE!
2020 BDC SPECIAL EVENTS DEPOT DISTRICT MINI-GOLF PUB CRAWL 04.18.20 • NOON - 6 PM Grab your putter and 3 friends and tour the Depot District’s repertoire of taverns and restaurants. Each venue will display a handmade mini-golf green to challenge the event’s spirited crowd. Foursomes and individuals can register to golf at Berwyn.net.
BERWYN’S CRUISE NITES 06.02, 06.16, 07.07, 07.21, 08.04 6 PM - 9 PM CLEAN SWEEP GARAGE SALE 06.06.20 • 8 AM - 3 PM One person’s junk is another’s treasure. Wrap up your spring cleaning and join the annual community garage sale in the Depot District Parking Facility at 3320 S Grove Ave. Five floors of deals await! Free to shop. Register for a booth at Berwyn.net.
Enjoy the summer evenings in Berwyn’s Depot District while taking in a stroll through a familyfriendly combination of car show and nightlife activity. Display your vehicle at no cost at Windsor & Grove Avenues. Event is free to attend.
BERWYN PRIDE WALK 06.28.20 • 2 PM - 5 PM Join us for the 4th Annual Berwyn Pride Walk in Berwyn’s Depot District as we celebrate the growing LGBTQ community, as well as Berwyn’s thriving diversity! This family-friendly event will begin with a ceremonial gathering followed by a march along the Depot District to the venue hosting the after party.
WEATHERTECH® BERWYN ROUTE 66 CAR SHOW SPONSORED BY PAISANS PIZZERIA & BAR 08.29.20 • 7 AM - 4 PM Showcase your classic, muscle or specialty car, motorcycle or truck, or attend as a spectator to discover the great automotive heritage of Berwyn’s Historic Route 66. The show features an array of vehicles on display, live music and a food/vendor court. This family-friendly event takes place on Ogden Ave beginning at Oak Park Ave. Register your display car at BerwynRt66.com. Event is free to spectators.
TASTE OF CERMAK ROAD 07.23.20 • 5 PM - 9 PM Pick up a pass to sample Cermak Road’s eclectic mix of small plates and sweets. Tickets for this family-friendly event include a large offering of food and drink samples. Purchase tickets at Berwyn.net.
BERWYN’S OKTOBERFEST PRESENTED BY LOYOLA MEDICINE AND MACNEAL HOSPITAL 09.18.20 • 6 PM - 11 PM | 09.19.20 • NOON - 11 PM Join us as we celebrate Berwyn’s biggest party of the year! This familyfriendly event boasts an international food court, live bands with headliners 16 Candles and Hello Weekend, carnival and amusements, family pavilion, crafters and vendors/food vendors. And let’s not forget the Beer Garden! Event takes place in the heart of the Depot District at Windsor & Stanley Aves. Event is free.
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