CBA Resource Day

CBA Resource Day
Micro-lending Workshop: Anytime between 9am- 3pm.
MBE/WBE/BEPD Certification Marketing Workshop: 11 am – 1pm SHARP!

Chatham Business Association has been chosen and trained as an Affiliate Micro-lender by the City of Chicago Micro-lending Institute and will now be able to offer our business community Micro-loans up to $25,000.00.  If you are a business owner who may have been turned down by a bank, you should come and learn more about the Micro-lending initiative.  This is a bank supported BUT NOT A BANK RUN INITIATIVE. 
Quick Application process and turn-a-around time!
Sponsored by:  PNC, Fifth Third Bank, Seaway Bank, Bank of America, Urban Partnership Bank, Citi Bank, and First Midwest Bank 
 Light Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.
For questions or to confirm attendance contact Richard Willis.  Email: or Phone:  773-994-5006 x 1007

On the Same Day…
Join us for our MBE/WBE/BEPD Marketing Workshop 11am- 1pm. You can attend one or both Free Workshops! 

Are you MBE/WBE/BEPD Certified? Should you expand your MBE/WBE/BEPD Certification classification? Do you want to learn how to market your MBE/WBE/BEPD certification to private and public sectors?

If you have answered yes to any one of these questions, you don’t want to miss this FREE dynamic workshop. You must be MBE/WBE/BEPD-certified to attend this workshop. Bring your certification letter and join us for lunch to find out why having the MBE/WBE/BEPD certification is key to enhancing your business!
December 4, 2014
Chatham Business Association
806 East 78th Street, Chicago IL 60619
Register online:
or Contact Aisha Jakes
773-994-5006 ext.1001 |

You do not want to miss this DYNAMIC day at CBA!

Date: December 4, 2014
Time: 09:00 AM – 03:00 PM CST
Location: 800 East 78th Street (Chatham Business Association Offices)
Contact: Richard Willis
Date/Time Details: Anytime Between 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Fees/Admission: Free to Small Businesses
Click below to register

Production Supervisor-3rd Shift, Chicago – South side

Production Supervisor-3rd Shift, USDA  A must to have.   Chicago – South side

Responsible for supervising employees and activities required for the safe and efficient production of a wide range of products in compliance with company, customer and government requirements. Plan the day to day allocation of resources (equipment, people, materials and systems) in order to efficiently, safely and cost effectively achieve performance targets as agreed with Production Management. Document daily production activities and review results against established targets and report variances during on-the-floor and review meetings. Review daily maintenance effectiveness and work with staff from both Operations and Maintenance to identify opportunities for improvement. Prioritize, request, and ensure equipment maintenance and repairs are completed to maximize efficiency.

Responsible for all supervisory activities including, but not limited to, scheduling, performance, hiring, discipline, coaching, training and development and termination recommendations. Ensure focused improvement tools are effectively utilized in all problem solving situations to address root causes of failures and support continuous improvement initiatives. Facilitate transitions between shifts and seamless handoffs and communicate key information to peers, team members and Production Management. Maintain a safe work environment at all times by having safe work instructions, practices, and procedures in place for all positions and ensuring that employees are trained to understand and comply with those procedures. Apply corrective action consistently when required.

Ensure compliance with all quality and food safety programs through regular adherence to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s), performance of sanitation audits, food safety checks (HACCP), and product quality checks conducted according to organization policies. Actively participate in prevention and correction of quality-related errors. Participate in continuous improvement initiatives by identifying opportunities and recommending changes within own area of responsibility

Four year college degree in business management, production operations management, agri-business, food science; OR equivalent communication and analytical ability acquired work experience, plus at least two years of supervisory experience in a food manufacturing environment. Working knowledge of good manufacturing practices, hazard analysis and critical control points, lean manufacturing and other food safety, quality and manufacturing principles. Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally with employees at all levels of the organization. Ability to work with employees at all levels and to motivate direct reports; specifically mentoring and coaching individuals and identifying short- and long-term development needs and providing appropriate support. Ability to manage multiple priorities at one time using effective organizational skills and judgment in an environment of frequently changing circumstances.
Ability to use the Microsoft Office suite of applications; specifically using Word to create and modify documents, Excel to record data and calculate results, and Outlook to communicate internally and externally.

Please email resume or CV to

How to Find A Job In Chicago

How to find a job in Chicago.



Chicago is a great city. We live here. We raise our children here. We worship here and we believe in the ability of our people and communities to prosper and grow here.


Economically speaking, compared to other countries and cities around the United States, Chicago has so much to offer.  According to CareerBuild LLC and Economic Modeling Specialists International the projected job increase for the region will be 4.73 million in 2017, up from 4.63 million in 2013.*  Now, that’s good news.


The job of finding a job in Chicago can be a real challenge, but there are several ways to turn your job hunting gig into the best job yet.


First, a reality check is in order. A true assessment of your skill level and job qualifications is must. We suggest that you make a list of all of your job skills and experiences, even before you put the pen to your resume.  (As a matter-of-fact, this will assist you in putting together your enhanced resume.)


Next, a skill match search.  Simply use or any search engine to do a job search with the keywords, Chicago and some of the skills listed in your personal assessment.  This will give you an idea of what’s available in the area and what level of experience employers are requiring for those positions.


Then, upon your review of these job openings, ask yourself how your skills and work experience compares to what the employer is seeking. Do you require additional training?  Did you see some skills or experiences that relate to what you do that you can add to your resume? (Maybe you forgot to include them in your skill assessment or maybe it never crossed your mind that an employer thought the skill important enough to ask for it specifically in a help wanted advertisement.)  Believe us you can learn so much just by “analyzing” job ads.  (It is an employer’s market and it is about what they want in their future employee and not the other way around.)


Finally, the right resume for the right job.  If you are not an experienced resume writer, we suggest that you locate one now. Get help.  This is so very important, as it may be your first and last opportunity to get in the door.  Don’t blow it.


According to a recent article in Crain’s Chicago, “…there are jobs to be found in and around Chicago. You just have to know where to look.”


And, don’t forget some of our great local Chicago resources.  To ace our next job interview visit  In addition, you can learn how to work from your smart phone or tablet.  To learn how, simply visit


The way to get a job in Chicago is the same as any place.  Know the market and polish your skills to match the goals and your future employer. Be committed to success and hard work because getting a job in a tough economy may be the toughest job you ever had and know that we are here to help you make your Chicago job search a success.



*Crain’s Chicago, January 20, 2014, by Kevin McKeough.