The Chatham Business Association has been trained as an affiliate micro-lender by the city of Chicago's Micro-lending Institute and can now offer loans of up to $25,000 to local businesses that qualify. The initiative is supported by PNC, Fifth Third Bank, Seaway Bank and Trust Co., Bank of America, Urban Partnership Bank, and Citi Bank.

Interested business owners can find out more information by attending the informational seminar, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch.