Free Help to Re-Start or Start Your Own Business
Jennifer Lang, First Vice Chair, SCORE North Cook and Lake Counties Chapter offers a gateway to a ton of excellent advice for current and would-be entrepreneurs.
“SCORE is a nationwide organization dedicated to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs succeed. The national organization has existed for over 50 years and operates principally under a grant from the Small Business Administration.
The North Cook and Lake Counties volunteers come from every industry and experience, all are successful working or retired business professionals. They provide free, confidential personal mentoring to any member of the public. Their website https://northchicago.score.org/ offers a wealth of information for virtually every business need. There’s a Find a Mentor search option to search for a specific skill set or industry experience in your mentor.
For those who have not previously established a business, here are direct links for SCORE resources to guide new entrepreneurs and small business owners:
https://northchicago.score.org/getstarted is a webinar series that is called Simple Steps to Start Your Business.
https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/files/resourceguide_3161.pdf is a guide published by the Small Business Administration’s Illinois District Office that offers not only information on starting a business in the State of Illinois, but a list of potential financing lender options.
https://www.clcillinois.edu/programs-and-classes/training-for-professionals-and-businesses/illinois-small-business-development-international-trade-center is the website for the Lake County Small Business Development and International Trade Center”
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Dr. Birx On Continuing the Fight
Dr. Deborah Birx is U.S. Coronavirus Response Coordinator. She answered questions for AARP’s June 2020 Special Report.
Q: What kind of changes do you believe will occur in the U.S. health care system as a result of what we discovered about how to treat the virus?
A: I think two big things are happening. One, we know where every ICU bed and ventilator is in the country. Having that up-to-date inventory is important when you’re managing any pandemic. We have much more visibility across the country into what the health care system has and how it needs to be additionally supported.
Secondly, we clearly know that you need to take better care of yourself. You need to ensure your hypertension is under control, your diabetes is under control. If you have those risk factors, people need to immediately protect themselves.
We want to make it clear that we still have significant concerns about people with pre-existing conditions and the elderly. We know that they are the most susceptible to a more serious outbreak – both hospitalization and potential fatality. People with pre-existing conditions should stay at home. When going out they should wear a mask.
A note from us. Our household has folks with preexisting conditions. We ask you to wear your masks and keep your social distance. Science understands at this time that the virus is airborne on the spray from our mouths and noses as we speak and breathe. If you are infected and uncovered, you are a threat to the rest of us.
COBRA AND ALTERNATIVE HEALTH INSURANCE
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A Moment of Peace
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