Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



Cook County leads country in black owned businesses

Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Chicago Defender
by Temple Hemphill

Cook County, Illinois tops nation's list of counties with the largest numbers of black owned businesses, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The new report --Survey of Business Owners: Black-Owned Firms: 2002-state that† revenues generated by the nation's 1.2 million black-owned businesses rose 25 percent between 1997 and 2002, to nearly $89 billion. The number of these firms grew by 45 percent in the same five-year period.

"It's encouraging to see not just the number but the sales and receipts of black-owned businesses are growing at such a robust rate, confirming that these firms are among the fastest growing segments of our economy," said Census Bureau Director Louis Kincannon.


Cook County, with almost 55 ,000 black-owned businesses, accounted for 80 percent of all black-owned firms in Illinois.

"It's exciting to see those kinds of figures in Cook County," James Parker, President and CEO of Chicago web-based black advertising business, www.goblackbiz.com , told the Defender.

New York City had more black-owned firms than any other city in the country with a little more than 98,000 businesses. Chicago came in second with 30, 000 followed by Los Angeles (almost 26,000).

And while he's encouraged by the latest figures released, Parker reiterated the need for growth in, "access to black-owned businesses and better customer service." "So much more revenue can be generated if more black consumers knew 'where' the black businesses were," he said.


Growth, also is important to third-generation business owner Spencer Leaks, Sr. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Leak & Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave. While excited about the figures cited in the report, he believes black business owners should look at the big picture and develop methods to generate continual business growth and the next generation of black entrepreneurs.

"My concern is that we're able to lead the country in sustaining businesses in the second and third generations," Spencer told the Defender. His father, A.R. Leak Sr., founded the business in 1933.



Recent Headlines

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM COMMISSIONER SUFFREDIN
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Assessorís Office Publicly Releases Residential Assessment Code and Models
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

EDITORIAL: Long in the MWRD pipeline, IG plan needs a yes vote
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Health Cuts Ribbon on Outpatient Center in Arlington Heights
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Daily Herald

Celebrate Earth Day with the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Homeowners in Chicago have just a few weeks to get current on their 2017 property taxes - or risk losing their homes. WBEZís Odette Yousef reports.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
WBEZ Chiacgo Public Radio

Editorial: The Foxx-Smollett questions for Inspector General Blanchard
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County pet owners warned of spring coyote dangers
Monday, April 15, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County inspector general to review prosecutors' handling of Jussie Smollett case
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Foxx requests Cook County IG investigation into handling of Jussie Smollett case
Friday, April 12, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

A challenge to one of Chicago's biggest draws for companies
Friday, April 12, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

What Evanston's assessments tell us about the new assessor's new math
Friday, April 12, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

$3.85 million granted in lawsuit against ex-Cook County forest preserve worker charged in fatal on-the-job crash
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

A Day in the Life of a Cook County Burn Crew
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
WTTW News

EDITORIAL: Splitting up the regionís sanitation board is an idea that stinks
Monday, April 08, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Lawmakers Look To Keep 10-Year-Olds Out Of Jail
Thursday, April 04, 2019

Property Tax Workshops Help Homeowners Appeal Assessments
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Evanston RoundTable

Large crowds of Evanston residents turn out to appeal property tax assessments
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Family of slain cabbie accuses Cook County state's attorney's office of dodging FOIA request
Monday, April 01, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Property Tax Appeal Seminar Set For New Trier Township Residents
Monday, April 01, 2019
Journal and Topics Online

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP