Catering Business Hits Red Tape At City Hall


I GOT IT. THIS IS IT. THE CBS2 INVESTIGATORS HELPED THIS CHICAGO CATERER GET A BUSINESS LICENSE. SHE NEEDED IT TO COOK AT A SHARED KITCHEN ON THE WEST SIDE. UNTIL CBS2 INVESTIGATOR DOROTHY TUCKER GOT INVOLVED. I FELL IN LOVE WITH CATERING BECAUSE THE PEOPLE LOVE ME. REPORTER: THE DREAM TO TURN HER LOVE FOR FOOD INTO A BUSINESS. YOU SEE ALL OF THESE RIGHT NOW. REPORTER: TANYA WHITE HAS HER EQUIPMENT IN HER HOME FOR NOW, BUT HOPES TO RUN HER BUDDING BUSINESS OUT OF A KITCHEN. SHE FOUND JUST THE SPOT, THE HATCHERY. ENABLE ENTREPRENEURS TO BUILD AND GROW. THE CITY OF CHICAGO HELPS PAY FOR THE NON-PROFIT HATCHERY. LISTEN TO — IT CREATES AN ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND ECONOMIC ENGINE IN THE WEST SIDE OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO LINKING FOLKS IN THE WEST SIDE UP TO ONE OF THE MOST DYNAMIC PARTS OF OUR ECONOMY. REPORTER: FOLKS LIKE TANYA WHITE, A WEST-SIDE RESIDENT TRYING TO GROW A BUSINESS UNTIL CITY HALL SQUASHED HER DREAMS. THEY PUT SOME IN OUR COMMUNITIES THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FOR PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY, BUT THEY MAKE IT SO FAR OUT OF REACH FOR THEM TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. REPORTER: YOU’RE LOOK AT WHITE’S RECIPE FOR DISASTER. ALL THIS PAPERWORK. DESPITE BEING A CERTIFIED FOOD SERVICE MANAGER, HAVING A $2 MILLION INSURANCE POLICY AND PAYING THE FEE TO GET A BUSINESS LICENSE, CITY HALL WON’T GIVE WHITE THAT NEEDED LICENSE. TOLD ME I DIDN’T GET APPROVED AND I’M NOT GOING TO GET APPROVED UNTIL I PAY $1,800. REPORTER: THERE WERE FEES FROM AN OLD BEAUTY SALON WHITE OWNED MORE THAN 15 YEARS AGO. CHICAGO KEPT CHARGING WHITE A $40 ANNUAL SIGN FEE THAT EVENTUALLY BALLOONED TO MORE THAN $700. THAT’S RIDICULOUS. REPORTER: SHE LOST AN INVESTMENT PROPERTY TO FORECLOSURE IN 2014. YET THE CITY BILLED HER FOR WATER IN THAT BUILDING BEGINNING 2015. THAT 325 WATER BILL SKY ROCKETED TO NEARLY $1,100. TO GO THE WAY IT DID, I WAS SHOCKED. REPORTER: THIRD, AND ARGUABLY MOST RIDICULOUS, 15 YEARS AGO, WHITE HAD A BUSINESS PARTNER WE’LL CALL JANE. JANE RACKED UP PARKING TICKETS. IT’S NOW MORE THAN $2,300. $2,386. REPORTER: FOR PARKING TICKETS. FOR PARKING TICKETS. REPORTER: THESE ARE TICKETS SHE GOT BEFORE YOU BECAME PARTNERS? YES. REPORTER: BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS RUNNING INTO RED TAPE LIKE THIS IS COMMON. IF YOU HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAY SOMETHING TO THE MAYOR, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? I WOULD SAY STREAM LINE THIS THING WHERE IT’S NOT SO HARD FOR THEM. REPORTER: AFTER WE GOT INVOLVED, WHITE GOT GOOD NEWS. THE CITY WOULD WIPE OUT ALL THAT SUPPOSED DEBT IF SHE JUST PAID THE ORIGIN $40 SIGN FEE. THAT REQUIRED EVEN MORE RUN AROUND CITY HALL, UP AND DOWN, IN AND OUT OF OFFICES AND THEN FINALLY — I GOT IT. FINALLY. SO EXCITED. REPORTER: A BUSINESS LICENSE. SO SHE’LL HAVE ACCESS TO THE HATCHERY TO CREATE TASTY SPREADS LIKE THIS ONE, A RECENT BIRTHDAY PARTY SHE CATERED FOR 200 GUESTS. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?

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