We were so happy to be featured in Chicago's Sun Times last week, alongside some other fantastic small businesses.
There are more than 1.2 million small businesses in Illinois; the city of Chicago alone boasts 7,300 restaurants. Combined, they account for some of the biggest economic and labor casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic as stay-at home-orders have grounded potential customers and diners and put businesses on the brink.
While financial recovery programs still find their footing, in the past couple of weeks, a few Illinois small businesses have discovered a different kind of lifeline thanks to a wave of national exposure that has put an emphasis on goods from Chicago and beyond.
“We now have something we didn’t have before — hope,” said Lake Forest resident Cindy Kienzle, the founder and owner of The Hungry Monkey Baking Company, after her baked goods were evangelized by comedian/TV personality Howie Mandel on the growing online platform Talkshop Live.
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