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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 (TAC) is Chicago's South Shore community's retail + art hub that prepares creative entrepreneurs to successfully operate a storefront. TAC connects entrepreneurs with the resources and opportunities they need to pilot or improve 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 and helps entrepreneurs with existing storefronts evaluate and improve their operations. 

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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

  • 37 Oaks University courses on merchandising, operations, marketing & strategy.

  • Additional retail classes are taught by the South Shore Chamber of Commerce

  • Group collaborations.




  • TBD: Interest Session

  • Jun 24: Applications Close

  • Jul 1: By Acceptance Notifications 

  • Jul 9, 5:30 - 6:30 pm: Orientation

  • Jul 16 - Aug 13: Classes

    • Tuesdays from 5:30 - 7:30 pm 

Space is limited, so register ASAP. 

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