Supporting small businesses like Lincoln Park Mexican Restaurant, a women-owned travel agency

CHICAGO (WLS) — Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a shift in the workforce.

When times are tough, people are entrepreneurial.

More than 4.4 million new businesses were started in the United States in 2020, according to the Census Bureau. Economists believe a combination of accessible technology, home confinement and free time may have been the catalyst.

With the start of 2022, there is still an upward trend in entrepreneurship.

Knowing how important it is to get help with a new business, here are two new businesses that can use it in the new year.

Tecalitlan Mexican cuisine and Margarita bar, also known as TEC, is a hotspot for fresh, authentic Mexican food in Chicago. They recently moved from Chicago Avenue in West Town to a new location at NEWCITY in Lincoln Park. Even if they have been around for a while, moving to a new area can be a challenge.

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Some of their popular dishes include fajitas, chicken enchiladas, burritos, carne asada, shrimp enchiladas and more. They have been voted one of the best for margaritas and burritos in Chicago.

You can check out TEC at 1538 North Clybourn Ave. in the NEWCITY shopping and entertainment complex.

Do you dream of a getaway? Well, 321 Travel can organize your trip for you.

It offers travel planning services and advice and is a black and women-owned travel agency, founded by Ciara Mason Garrison. Mason Garrison is a military dependent who enjoys exploring different cultures through travel and decided to start an agency to help others travel in style and on a budget.

It offers flexible payment options and competitive rates, making your travel experience stress-free.

Find them on Facebook, for more information.

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