Some 14 community members working in varied fields including real-estate acquisition, specialized health-care support, metals, accounting and mental health services, and graphic design attended JNDC’s Small Business Forum, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, at the Bernard Horwich Jewish Community Center.
JNDC board member Daniel Peikes conceived and chaired the event.

JNDC board member Barb Singal, herself a business consultant, helped develop the program and recruit expert speakers who shared their expertise at the two-hour roundtable, which featured a hybrid format of in-person and virtual speakers.

Presenters included Bruce Leon, human resources management; MJ Weinberg, commercial real estate broker, Strauss Realty Greater Chicago; Barb Singal, principal, Ease the Day, addressing the operational needs of a broad range of businesses; Diane Casas, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, and Sacella Smith, Northeast Regional Manager, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.

Following the presentations and Q & A, lively discussion ensued, and contact information was exchanged among speakers and participants.  

Future programs geared to the needs of small business owners are in development.