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Retail Readiness Program

37 Oaks is excited to work with the South Shore Chamber of Commerce to help small business owners prepare for successful storefront businesses through the Artisan Collective initiative.

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Educating + Preparing Entrepreneurs for Growth Into Storefront Businesses.

This 5- week program is for entrepreneurs that want to reach customers through a storefront location, but need help defining a strategy and ironing out the kinks before making this big investment.


The Artisan Collective is Chicago's South Shore community's retail + art hub that provides studio and retail spaces for artisans to pilot operating a storefront with minimal risk. This program lays the foundation for businesses in the early stages of determining if/how a storefront is right for them. 

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Small Businesses​ Profile


  • Interested in scaling into your own storefront location. 

  • Makers + Artisans that sell a physical product.

  • Chicago small business owners only



  • Virtual classes

  • 5 retail-related 37 Oaks University courses on merchandising, operations, marketing & strategy.

  • Group collaborations.




  • June 12: Applications close

  • June 16: Acceptance Notifications

  • June 21, 5:30 - 6:30 Orientation

  • June 28; July 12,19,26; Aug 2 course dates

    • Wednesdays at 5:30 - 7:30 pm 

Space is limited, so register ASAP. 

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