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May 18, 19, & 20 – Designing a Disaster Preparedness Program: What Nonprofits Should Know

One sessions per day: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm CDT

Disaster survivors need accurate information and lots of resources to cope with and fully recover from these emergencies.

This class provides the necessary steps to follow as people go through recovery after a disaster. Join Housing Action Illinois and Diversified Resource Network to learn more about how to:

  • Respond to disasters such as pandemics, floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes
  • Work with clients, residents, and consumers
  • Follow up on things such as foreclosure avoidance, safety, insurance claims, and shelter
  • Work with resource agencies such as FEMA, the SBA, the GSEs, and HUD both during and after disasters

Registration: $100
(Discounted from $150)

Scholarships: Thanks to a funder’s generosity, we are happy to be able to offer a limited number of first-come, first-served scholarships to cover the full registration cost of this training. Update: all scholarships have been given away.


April 7, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Interested in doing business beyond the City of Chicago but not sure where to start? This workshop welcomes guest presentations that outlines the roles and responsibilities of how to do business with the City of Chicago’s six sister agencies: Chicago Public Schools (CPS), City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), Public Building Commission (PBC), Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), Chicago Park District (CPD) and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).

April 15, 2021 – Community media journalists: What do you need to tell better health stories?

Join us on April 15, 5:30-7 p.m. CT for a paid community media listening session, held by our Chicago Community, Media & Research Partnership! Share your perspective in small-group breakout sessions facilitated by Maudlyne Ihejirika (president of NABJ-Chicago and Chicago Journalists Association, and Chicago Sun-Times columnist), Jesús Del Toro (Editor-in-Chief of La Raza), Yazmin Dominguez (coordinator of the Chicago Independent Media Alliance), and Jhmira Alexander (Executive Director of Public Narrative). Community media journalists who participate will receive a $150 gift card.Click here for full details and registration.

April 21, 2021 – Driving Small Businesses the Distance

April 21, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Are you interested in doing business with the CTA? This webinar will go over the topics of how to become Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certified, learn about upcoming contracting opportunities with the CTA, and navigating invoice, payment, and compliance regulations.

April 27, 2021 – Airport Rental Car Supplier Diversity Outreach Day

April 27, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Join the Department of Procurement Services at the Airport Rental Car Supplier Diversity Outreach Day to learn about the ABC’s of DBE and ACDBE. Rental Car Companies will present an outline of how to do business with on-airport rental car companies, explain the contracting process, and provide current and upcoming opportunities.