Max Austin-Williams, Executive Director of Oak Park’s largest merchant association, Downtown Oak Park, departs for “down under” this month
There are four business organizations serving the Oak Park community, three structured as membership associations. What do they do and how are they different?
The OPRF Chamber is working with the Village of Oak Park to build an online directory of all local businesses. The database feeding the directory will enable better communications, planning, event promotion and other back office functions.
The dog days of summer are challenging ones for small business as people leave town for vacation or generally adopt a slower pace.
Oak Park’s current project to update zoning laws will have a longstanding impact on our community in both the commercial and residential areas. The community is invited to review and comment on the proposed changes to the zoning ordinance.
As we debate our transition to a denser, more urban landscape, we are challenged to find our way through the maze of multiple interests and competing priorities. In addition to high rises and potential street bends, Oak Park’s current conversation is about finding our way more literally. The Village recently hired an urban planning design…
Nothing starts out perfectly. There always are a few rough edges that, hopefully, get smoothed out over time. New businesses are especially bumpy. The race to open and generate revenue is tempered by the risk of opening before you are ready. Regardless of how much you prepare and train and plan, you will be working…