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Read Our First Weekly Print Edition

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

This week, Village Free Press debuted our first weekly print edition, which our drivers will start circulating throughout locations in Maywood and surrounding communities today through Friday.

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Village Free Press to Debut Weekly Print Edition in Late August

Thursday, August 17, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

The Village Free Press will start circulating 3,000 copies of a weekly print newspaper in Maywood and surrounding communities. In March, we launched our first monthly print publication.

Since I started VFP as a news blog back in 2013, my goal has been to provide Maywood, in particular, and Proviso Township, in general, with a trusted, authoritative source of news, analysis and information.

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Pick Up the August Print Edition of Village Free Press or Read It Online

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

The July print edition Village Free Press is now available to read online here or by picking up the print edition at the following locations. We’ll be dropping papers off at numerous businesses throughout the week and over the weekend:

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Go Big Accounting Named Business of the Month for July


Vena Nelson (center holding certificate), with village officials and Cintas officials during the July 19 Small Business Resource Reception held at Cintas. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

During our July Small Business Resource Reception held July 19 at Cintas, 1201 St. Charles Rd. in Maywood, we presented Go Big Accounting with our first-ever Small Business of the Month Award.

Go Big Accounting, which is helmed by Vena Nelson, offers tax preparation and consulting services that are tailored for the needs of burgeoning businesses, particularly those located in minority communities.

Earlier this month, we asked members of the Maywood and Bellwood Chambers of Commerce, in addition to village officials in Maywood and Bellwood to nominate small businesses who deserve our inaugural Small Business of the Month Award for July.


Go Big Accounting accountant Jerald Cowan, left of center, with (from left to right): Maywood Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr., Maywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Edwin Walker IV and Bellwood Chamber of Commerce President Chris Parker. 

Three businesses (in addition to Go Big) made the final three, with T&JJ’s Supreme Steaks & Catering Services in Maywood and Kopy Kat Printing Inc. in Bellwood rounded out the finalists.

Those three businesses merited the most robust and energetic responses from nominators and were passed through to the final round of voting. The voting tally is below:

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We want to congratulate all three finalists and, in particular, Go Big Accounting for winning this month’s inaugural award. The business will receive a feature article in our August print issue, as well as free digital and print advertising. They’ll also receive a window decal with the award logo.

But we encourage readers to reward them with something that’s even more important — your business, because they’ve earned it.

If you believe that a small business in Bellwood, Broadview, Maywood, Melrose Park or Stone Park deserves to be recognized as VFP’s Small Business of the Month for August, feel free to nominate them by sending your name, affiliation, the name and address of the business, and why you believe they should be nominated (in 2-5 sentences) to: thevillagefreepress@gmail.com. VFP

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Pick Up the July Print Edition of Village Free Press or Read It Online

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Thursday, July 20, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

The July print edition Village Free Press is now available at the following locations. We’ll be dropping papers off at numerous businesses throughout the week and over the weekend:

  • Maywood Public Library
  • Maywood Multipurpose Building
  • Maywood Village Hall
  • Maywood Police Station
  • Bellwood Public Library
  • Bellwood Village Hall
  • Broadview Public Library
  • Broadview Village Hall
  • Melrose Park Public Library

To read the May edition online, click here.

To support Village Free Press, click here

Village Free Press Launches Monthly Publication for Local Businesses and Entrepreneurs

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The masthead for The Village Free Press Plus, a specialty publication exclusively for business owners and entrepreneurs in Proviso Township. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

This week, the Village Free Press launched a monthly specialty digital publication called The Village Free Press Plus that’s designed exclusively to suit the information needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Proviso Township area.

The content in this publication won’t be published on the main website; instead, readers will have to opt-in by sending us their name, email address and local affiliation (the main employer or entity one owns or represents).

The first issue (which you can access here) takes the form of a one-page, newsletter-style briefing that largely highlights the content of our Small Business Resource Reception, a new event series we launched last month.

This month’s issue also introduces readers to a new monthly award we’re debuting that’s designed to highlight a high-performing small business in the area.

In the future, we hope to grow this publication to encompass more than just a page. Eventually, we want to be the go-to source where businesses and entrepreneurs can go to get vital information that may drive up profits and allow them to do even more good in their communities.

For the month of July, we partnered with the Maywood and Bellwood Chambers of Commerce, whose members (along with elected officials and staff members of those towns) are currently in the process of nominating the small businesses they feel are most deserving. (If you fit that above criteria, feel free to complete a nomination form here).

The three businesses that receive the most nominations from chamber members and village officials/employees in this first phase will then go on to an open round of voting, during which readers will be able to vote for the small business of their choosing here on our website through an online survey. The public voting period will be from July 12 until July 17.

The winner of the award will be announced at our July 19 small business reception to be held at Cintas Uniform Services (see flyer below). You can read about what the award winner receives in the July issue of Village Free Press Plus. Business reception Detailed Flyer_JulyThis monthly publication will be designed to consolidate the information that’s generated at our monthly business receptions and to promote dialogue among local movers and shakers.

In that vein, our Business of the Month award is more than just a tool for recognizing often overlooked small businesses that are operating at a high level in our community; it’s also a tool to promote accountability and quality service.

Although we partnered with the Maywood and Bellwood chambers this month, our plan is to open up this award to small businesses in Broadview, Melrose Park and Stone Park in subsequent months (we want to establish close, working relationships with business leadership, namely in the form of chambers, in those communities before moving in).

We believe that those who know the businesses in a community best are those who also do business, live and/or work in that community. To that end, we’ll eventually open the first-phase nomination process up to community leaders, influential residents and business owners who aren’t members of a chamber or employees of a municipality.

If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, or if you just want the information contained in The Village Free Press Plus, send an email to thevillagefreepress@gmail.com that includes your name, email address and affiliation. That will be also enough to keep you updated about our monthly events and other offerings. VFPBusiness reception Detailed Flyer_July

Pick Up the June Issue of Village Free Press in Print or Read it Online Now


The cover of the June edition of Village Free Press. Click the image above to start reading it online. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

The May edition of the monthly Village Free Press print publication is now available at the following locations. We’ll be dropping papers off at numerous businesses throughout the week and weekend, so this list is by no means exhaustive. We’ll be adding to it as more papers are distributed.

  • Maywood Public Library | 121 S. 5th Ave.
  • Maywood Village Hall | 40 Madison St.
  • Maywood Police Station | 125 S. 5th Ave.
  • Bellwood Public Library | 600 Bohland Ave.
  • Bellwood Village Hall | 3200 Washington Blvd.
  • Broadview Public Library | 2226 S. 16th Ave.
  • Broadview Village Hall | 2350 S. 25th Ave.
  • Melrose Park Public Library | 801 N. 19th Ave.
  • Melrose Park Village Hall | 1000 N. 25th Ave.

To read the May edition online, click here. To support Village Free Press, click here