Mt. Greenwood Pride 2020

The Mt. Greenwood Community and Business Association is proud to be celebrating its seventh anniversary of service to the Mt. Greenwood community.

Under the leadership of a dedicated board of directors and Executive Director Mary Gill, the Mt. Greenwood Community and Business Association strives to provide business-development assistance to the Mt. Greenwood small-business community.

The association delivers customized business counseling, fosters neighborhood engagement with the Mt. Greenwood business community, drives neighborhood economic vitality through business attraction and retention, and enlists small businesses in their efforts at making their neighborhood safer for business.

The members of the Mt. Greenwood Community and Business Association care about the Mt. Greenwood neighborhood, and they want to see all the community’s businesses thrive.

“We have such a great community,” said Gill, “and it is our job to make sure it stays that way.”

In bringing the community together, the Mt. Greenwood Community and Business Association has hosted a variety of events. It organized business breakfasts for local business owners where they could network and share ideas and solutions.

The group also helped organized the “Live 19” campaign, which encourages neighbors to live, shop, play and dine in the 19th Ward. It has purchased and installed Live 19 banners along 111th Street.

In order to continue its work on behalf of the neighborhood, the Mt. Greenwood Community and Business Association typically holds a few fundraisers throughout the year.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the group has canceled its upcoming events through the end of the year. There are too many risks inherent to events where people gather such as the Tombstone 5K, the Wine Walk, and the Holiday Stroll.

“I wish things were different,” Gill said, “but we need to put everyone’s safety ahead of holding the annual events we all enjoy and use to market our Mt. Greenwood businesses.

“Please be assured that we are exploring ideas for other promotions we may be able to hold over the next months while we need to practice social distancing.”

The Mt. Greenwood Community and Business Association has also been involved in the completion of Phase 1 of the streetscape project between Homan and Central Park avenues. Over the last year, the association has managed the maintenance of the streetscape including, planting and watering the flowerpots, new sidewalks, crosswalks, street signs, banners, etc.

This is a wonderful addition to 111th Street. The residents and community can see the positive changes.

The association hopes these positive changes will encourage people to walk and shop the Mt. Greenwood business district more and attract more businesses.

The board of directors of the Mt. Greenwood Community and Business Association are proud to work on behalf of the entire neighborhood. That pride is a reflection of the simple fact that the people of Mt. Greenwood are what make it special.

“I have had the pleasure of meeting just about every business owner here in Mt. Greenwood, and they are so dedicated to keeping our community thriving,” said Gill. “The residents here also look out for one another to keep the neighborhood great.”

And, Gill said that she is confident that the hard work of local residents and the business community will continue to pay dividends.

The office of the Mt. Greenwood Community and Business Association is located at 3400 W. 111th St., and is open Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information or assistance, call (773) 881-0622 or email mgcba2013@gmail.com.