The monthly meeting of the West Side Bridge networking group will take place on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 7:30am – 9:00am at The Corner Spot Café, 1825 West Roosevelt in Broadview. Each attendee will get a chance to introduce themselves and their business, as well as to make an announcement if they so choose. A light breakfast will be provided, courtesy of The Monroe Foundation.
All local professionals are invited to attend, although RSVP is required! Contact Alicia by May 14th at (708) 613-3344 or

The Monroe Foundation is a publicly supported not-for-profit community and enterprise development intermediary that seeks to educate, link and fund community and economic development projects working within low-income communities in that State of Illinois. The Monroe Foundation provides technical assistance in the areas of starting a not-for-profit organization, Grantwriting/Fundraising, Meeting Grantmakers, Strategic planning and community organizing, as well as Business Loan Packaging and Financing for Minority and Women-owned businesses. The Monroe Foundation also provides program design and development in the areas of Literacy/Education programs, Housing/Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Starting a childcare center/home daycare, and Small Business Start-Up.

The West Side Business Network (WSBN) began in 2013 when the Austin Weekly News saw the need to provide networking opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs on Chicago’s Greater West Side, bridging the gap between the city and near west suburbs. It’s been two years now, and we’ve been remarkably successful with well over 800 community members and partners in our network. The WSBN is FREE to join and includes many benefits, such as advertising rates exclusive to members, inclusion of an informational flyer about an event or services in our weekly WSBN Update email that goes to thousands of locals, and more!
The WSBN is a collection of networking groups, many of which meet monthly, whose goal is to facilitate professional connections throughout the communities we serve. Groups part of the WSBN are the Austin Weekly News Business Development GroupWest Side WomenWest Side MenWest Side Bridge (bridging the gap between the West Side of Chicago and the Western Suburbs), West Side Manufacturing Network, and the Illinois Press Association award winning Out & About in Austin – showing all that’s good on the West Side of Chicago. Wednesday Journal has recently started Out & About in Oak Park.