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Free business workshop: The Customer Journey

What value does your business really provide to customers and clients, and how will you turn those potential clients from complete strangers into to leads, sales, advocates and promoters of your product? Learn how to find potential customers and take them on a journey to becoming loyal fans of your product or service at a free Oswegrow workshop on Thursday, Nov. 21

“The Customer Value Journey: Optimization and Funnel Design” will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Oswego Public Library’s downtown Oswego campus. By the end of this free workshop you will have outlined the road map for intentionally and predictably moving your customers along a journey (we call it the sales funnel) from new lead to a loyal customer and vocal advocate for your business.

Presenter Francesca Hindmon is the president and founder of Monarch & Company, a digital marketing and cloud technology based in Chicago that specializes in business process transformation. As the president of Monarch & Company, Hindmon has done it all, from sales, project management, technical support and everything in between. Founded in 2016, Monarch & Company helps you grow your business through improved business processes using cloud technology and team collaboration. Hindmon studied economics and business administration at Howard University and worked as an assistant for the District of Columbia Small Business Development Center.

This workshop is free, but registration is preferred. Register and get more information at www.oswegrow.com/events.

 

Check out the new Oswegrow.com!

The new Oswegrow.com is a one-stop resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business here in Oswego. Find a calendar of workshops, access online databases, and get connected to mentors and library and village staff who can help your research or walk you through incentives and business plans.

Oswegrow is a partnership between the Oswego Public Library District, the Village of Oswego, and Fox Valley SCORE that provides opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs to learn and grow their businesses in Oswego. For more information, visit www.oswegrow.com.


Oswegrow Workshop: Measuring Your Success in Marketing

Whether you’re an aspiring influencer or a small brick-and-mortar business, ensuring your marketing dollars are bringing eyeballs to your products or services is a smart business move. Learn how to ensure you’re getting the best return on your marketing investment at a free Oswegrow workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

“Measuring Your Success in Marketing” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Oswego Public Library’s downtown Oswego campus. This free workshop offers insights for small businesses and entrepreneurs who are ready to grow their business and get new customers.

From your website to your Instagram to your billboard campaign, presenter Scott Piner will show you how to track and measure your marketing activities to ensure they’re supporting your goals for your business.  By assessing your overall marketing plan and budget, this workshop will focus on what activities bring the greatest return to help you strategically plan and allocate resources for greater success.

Piner is an enthusiastic marketer focused on customer research and data analysis to guide planning and implementation. He earned his MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

This workshop is free, but registration is preferred. Register and get more information at www.oswegrow.com/events.

 

Check out the new Oswegrow.com!

The new Oswegrow.com is a one-stop resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business here in Oswego. Find a calendar of workshops, access online databases, and get connected to mentors and library and village staff who can help your research or walk you through incentives and business plans.

Oswegrow is a partnership between the Oswego Public Library District, the Village of Oswego, and Fox Valley SCORE that provides opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs to learn and grow their businesses in Oswego. For more information, visit www.oswegrow.com.


Downtown street closures begin Thursday, Oct. 17

Construction and street closures for The Reserve at Hudson Crossing are expected to begin on Thursday, Nov. 17, in downtown Oswego.

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, the Village of Oswego announced that developer Shodeen had closed on The Reserve at Hudson Crossing, a six-story, two-building development that will bring luxury apartments, experiential retail, restaurants, and a free public parking garage to downtown Oswego. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 17, streets will be closed to begin excavation work.

The following streets will be closed beginning Thursday, Oct. 17:

  • Adams Street, from the Waubonsie Creek bridge to Washington Street
  • Jackson Street, from Adams Street to Harrison Street
  • Harrison Street, from Jackson Street to Washington Street

 

In addition, Harrison Street south of Washington will be partially closed for two weeks this fall while crews replace aging sewer infrastructure to support the new downtown developments. An announcement will follow when that portion of Harrison Street is expected to close. During the partial closure, local access to the Harrison Street parking lot and local businesses will remain open, however, motorists can expect lane closures and should take extra precautions.

Traffic on Washington Street will not be affected by this construction project; however, the sidewalk on the north side of Washington Street from Harrison to Adams Street will be closed. Pedestrians are advised to detour through Hudson Crossing Park and up the Veterans Memorial walkway.

 

Shop downtown Oswego! All businesses to remain open and fully accessible

All downtown Oswego businesses will remain open during construction with full access to all entrances, however, shoppers and diners will have to approach businesses with Jackson Street parking lot access from Main Street, rather than Adams. All parking lots for these businesses will remain open throughout construction. 

 

Two park entrances to remain open

Two entrances to Hudson Crossing Park will remain open during construction: the entrance at the corner of Washington Street and Harrison Street, and the park’s northernmost entrance via the Fox River Trail. The entrance located at Harrison Street and Jackson Street will be closed and redesigned as a part of public improvements surrounding The Reserve at Hudson Crossing.

Pedestrians are urged to take precautions when crossing Main Street to access the park. Stay in the crosswalk, put away distractions like cell phones, and make eye contact with drivers.

 

Local traffic only on North Adams Street

Motorists accustomed to driving through Adams Street from Route 25 to Washington Street should note that this will not be possible during construction. Adams Street from North Street to the Waubonsie Creek Bridge will be open to local traffic only, allowing access to homes and Veterans Serenity Park. No traffic will be able to cross the Waubonsie Creek Bridge.

 

Veterans Walkway, Veterans Serenity Park to remain accessible

The Veterans Memorial Walkway, which connects Hudson Crossing Park to the library, will remain open during construction, though temporary single-day closures may be required. The new Veterans Serenity Park will be accessible by car from North Avenue and on foot via the Veterans Memorial Walkway and the Fox River Trail from Hudson Crossing Park.

 

Additional closure on South Adams Street for Block 11

In addition to the street closures around The Reserve at Hudson Crossing, Adams Street from Washington Street to Van Buren Street is already closed for public improvements and is expected to remain closed until early December. This additional closure will support the development of Block 11, the site of new restaurants, office space, and public parking.

 

Get construction-related alerts

Sign up for email from the Village of Oswego to be notified of construction activity, as well as helpful seasonal reminders, information about events around Oswego, and more. Click here to sign up.

For more information on downtown Oswego’s transformation, including updates on new businesses locating in downtown Oswego, construction and road closure updates, and exciting extra touches like new public art, visit GoOswego.org/coming-soon.


Construction to start soon on The Reserve at Hudson Crossing

Financing is secured, permits have been issued, and construction is expected to begin the first week of November in downtown Oswego. 

On Tuesday, the Village of Oswego announced that the Shodeen Group has closed with its financer on the first phase of The Reserve at Hudson Crossing, the $69 million six-story, two-building development that will bring luxury apartment living, experiential retail, restaurant space, free public parking decks and street improvements, all to the site of the former Alexander Lumberyard on Washington Street in downtown Oswego.

Excavation and utility work on the site are expected to begin by the first week of November, and public improvements should be completed by November 2020. The public parking deck is expected to be completed by the end of 2020, and the apartments, retail, and restaurant spaces are expected to be completed by summer 2020.

“We are very pleased for this day to come,” said Village President Troy Parlier. “This culminates a great deal of time and effort by many people on all sides.  Big thanks go to our past Village Board and President Gail Johnson, our administration and current board.  A special thanks to H. Linden Construction and Shodeen for the new developments they will bring to our downtown and community.”

Throughout the spring and summer, the Village secured state and Federal plan approvals and contracted with H. Linden & Sons for public improvements, including the complete reconstruction of Adams, Jackson, and Harrison Streets, burying overhead utility lines, plus necessary water and sewer infrastructure.

“What we have here in Oswego is the opportunity to build something very special in a great downtown riverfront setting,” said Shodeen President Dave Patzelt. “I am excited and pleased to say that after all of the planning work by so many people, we are now officially starting the construction phase on this mixed-use building that will be a tremendous asset to downtown Oswego.”

The first phase of the two-phased project includes the south building, which will feature approximately 175 luxury apartments, 10,000 square feet of retail along Washington Street, a restaurant with outdoor dining along Washington Street, and completely reconstructed streets with benches and other amenities. In addition, parking decks on the lowest floors of the development will continued to be owned by the Village and will provide approximately 320 spaces of free covered parking for downtown shoppers and diners.


Stay tuned for street closure information

Street closures on sections of Adams, Jackson and Harrison Streets throughout downtown Oswego are anticipated to begin within in a couple weeks as construction starts. Get construction updates, including street closure information and more, straight to your inbox by signing up for email alerts from the Village of Oswego. Visit www.oswegoil.org and click on the blue Email Alerts button.

 

Across Washington Street, Block 11 is already underway

The Reserve at Hudson Crossing will be the second project to break ground in downtown Oswego this fall.  In September, Village President Troy Parlier and Mike Mann, director of development at Yorkville-based Imperial Investments broke ground on a three-story mixed-use development of first-floor retail and upstairs office and residential space on the former Village Hall site. A two-story Mexican restaurant along Washington Street from the team behind Naperville-based Potter’s Place is also still planned.

 

Get up-to-date on what’s new in downtown Oswego

More information on downtown Oswego’s new developments, including maps of the new projects and anticipated street closures, is available at www.goOswego.org/coming-soon.


Free Paper Shredding Event

Identity theft is a serious crime. Those who are victimized can spend countless hours and money cleaning up the mess thieves have made of one’s good name and credit record. Vigilance in protecting personal information is crucial. 

How Identity Theft Occurs:

  • Your personal information is stolen from businesses or other institutions.
  • Your personal information is taken from your mailbox or your trash.
  • Personal information is captured using “skimming” devices.
  • Online “phishing” scams.

While you cannot fully prevent identity theft you can certainly minimize the possibility of becoming a victim. By managing your personal information wisely, cautiously and with an awareness of the issue, you can help guard against Identity Theft.

To assist in the prevention of identity theft, the Oswego Police Department is partnering up with First National Bank of Oswego to offer a free shredding service to the community. Important personal documents no longer needed that should be shredded may include charge receipts, copies of credit card applications, insurance forms, physician statements, checks, bank statements, or expired charge cards and credit offers you get in the mail.

This event will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon at the First National Bank located at 6601 US Route 34. You may bring up to 3 large file boxes full of papers to be shredded.

For further information regarding Identity Theft, please visit the Oswego Police Department website at www.oswegopoliceil.org and click on the Community Programs and Services link.


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