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In the Loop 7-9-12

In the Loop 7-9-12

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E-Newsletter published by Valerie F. Leonard, expert in community and organizational development.
E-Newsletter published by Valerie F. Leonard, expert in community and organizational development.

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In the Loop
In This Issue
Funding Sources Page 1Arts/Culture/Crafts Page 2Civic Engagement Page 2Recommended Reading Page 2Small Business Page 3Kudos! Page 4Employment Page 4Workshops/Webinars/ConferencesPage 4
Welcome to
In the Loop
, an assortment of e-mails that I have received during thepast week, or articles that I may stumbleupon. From time to time, you will findannouncements of events, grant opportunities, job postings, links towebsites and articles of interest or notesof encouragement. I hope that you, orsomeone you know, would find theinformation to be of use. If you wouldlike to unsubscribe, submit material, ormake general comments, you maycontact me at  valeriefleonard@msn.com.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Valerie F. Leonard, Editor
July 9, 2012 | Volume 7, Issue 4
Connecting to communities online since 2003
Please Forward…
Funding Sources
The following announcements are from the Philanthropic News Digest.
One-year grants of $1,000 to $20,000 will be awarded for projects that develop or promote novel approaches to address sleep disorders inunderserved and disadvantaged populations....
Producing and presenting organizations in theater, dance, and jazz areinvited to apply for a twelve-month program to help incubate and test innovative strategies that address major adaptive challenges....
The following announcement is from the Illinois Department of Human
The Illinois Department of Human Services Grants Alert System (GAS)
 has added or updated
links to funding opportunities, and
link to current Grantsmanship Training Workshops and other information that may interest you. These are listed below. You may access these and all other current opportunities by visiting GAS. Just click on this link here.If you cannot  access the site by clicking on the link, you can copy the link and paste it intothe address space in your browser window.
“Foundation Grant Opportunity”
1) Latino Giving Circle, due
July 13, 2012 
2) The Verizon Foundation, due
October 14, 2012 
Page 2
In the LoopConnecting to communities online since 2003Please Forward 
Muntu Dance Theater:United We Drum
I got the following announcement  from Raynard Villa Hall, Publisher of Bronzecomm
Sunday, July 15 1pm - 4pmMIDWAY PLAISANCE731 E. 60TH, CHICAGO ILFree!This year's festivities will includemini-workshops, activities for thekids, presentations by diversedrummers, and an open communitydrum and dance circle.
Learn How to Re-Upholster Furniture
Jamika Jackson will be hostingweekly re-upholstery classes at Teena
s Place on Tuesdays andThursdays from August 21
throughSeptember 6
The cost is $120.00per person Click  
Civic Engagement 
I thank Jackie Leavy for sharingimportant meeting dates for the
Recommended Reading
 Aspen Institute Launches Forum for CommunitySolutions, Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund
The following article is from the Philanthropic News Digest.
TheAspen Institutehas announced a national initiative to scalestrategies for cross-sector collaboratives working to tackle social andeconomic challenges at the community level. More 
The following article is from the Community Renewal Society/Catalyst Chicago
Federal officials are pressuring Illinois to speed up the rollout of acontroversial evaluation system that will rate teachers in part on howtheir students perform
,records obtained by the Tribune show. More 
What are Low Income Seniors Doing Online?
I thank Layton Olson for forwarding Don Samuelson’s press release
regarding the results of a study on how low income seniors use theinternet.Click Here 
 About Taxes:
Court’s Decision on the Affordable Care Act 
I got the following e-mail from William Perez, a tax expert who writesfor About.com. Click here.
From the IRS:
concerning on remedial actions needed to preserve the tax-exempt status of the bond issue.
New CPS Website Lets You Get Inside the School Budget 
I thank Jackie Leavy, a local activist and consultant tot the IllinoisEducation Facilities Task Force for providing the a link to this Sun-Times Article. 
Page 3
In the LoopConnecting to communities online since 2003Please Forward 
Small Business
Washington Park Chamber of Commerce Meeting
The Washington Park Chamber of Commerce will meet Tuesday, July10, 2012 at 6:00 PM. Click onto the following link for the location andother details. http://www.scribd.com/doc/99142976/WPCC-July-10-2012-Flyer-Final-1
City of Chicago Small BusinessWorkshop Schedule for July 2012
I thank the Southeast Chamber of Commerce for sharing the following:
PDF flyer outlining City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs SmallBusiness workshops. Learn how to start your business, understandbasic employment laws; learn to certify your business to do businesswith the City; protect your intellectual property (trademarks andcopyrights; understand commercial real estate transactions.)Here
Free Enterprise Weekly
I got this e-newsletter from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Highlights include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s position on the
recent Supreme Court ruling on Health Care Reform and theTransportation Bill.
Tax Credits from the Federal Government and State of Illinois
Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit:
Hire a veteran in 2012and receive significant tax benefitsA law change enacted late last yearnow provides an expandedWork Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)o
employers that hire eligible unemployed veterans. The credit can be ashigh as $9,600 per veteran for for-profit employers or up to $6,240 fortax-exempt organizations.
Illinois Small Business Jobs Creation Tax Credit:
The Small BusinessJobs Creation Tax Credit has been extended by the Governor Quinn andthe General Assembly with some new components. The programofficially went live on July 1, 2012 and only new, full-time jobs createdbeginning July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016 will be eligible for tax credits.Not-for-profit and Professional Employer Organizations are eligible toreceive credit . Feel free to explore our web site to learn about the SmallBusiness Job Creation Tax Credit and the other resources we haveavailable for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Register your newpositions and obtain the credit Please go to the link below and followthe instructions. https://jobstaxcredit.illinois.gov/default.aspx 
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