The Bears will recognize Cocoa Chili as their second Small Business All-Pros Gameday Eats Edition winner presented by Visa from Oct. 13-Nov. 16. Other 2021 Small Business All-Pros include Moody's Pub (Sept. 19-Oct. 12), Peppo's Subs (Nov. 17-Dec. 14) and Cleo's Southern Cuisine (Dec. 15-Jan. 9). Each restaurant will receive four weeks of a Bears marketing partnership including placement on the team's official social media channels, ChicagoBears.com and within email newsletters, along with in-stadium promotions. For more information, please visit ChicagoBears.com/SmallBusinessAllPros.
Cocoa Chili is an educational foodie experience serving up Afro-Caribbean-Soul fanfare with a sweet and spicy flair, including authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken and signature Cocoa Chili Spice Blend. Their mission is to diminish the effects of exclusion by using delicious food as the catalyst to spark learning, encourage conversation, ignite creativity and evoke innovation. To date, they have given away more 1,500 free meals to community members in need through their #FeedTheCommunity initiative. The restaurant is currently operating for pickup orders at The Hatchery (3101 W. Lake Street, Chicago), delivery, or catering services. On Bears game days, fans can order five Jerk Party Wings and an 8-oz cup of Cocoa Chili for $12 or a half pan of Jerk Party Wings and one gallon of Cocoa Chili for $100 (feeds 8-10 people).
In addition to supporting the Chicago Bears 2021 Small Business All-Pros Gameday Eats initiative, Visa has directed resources to small businesses through a number of its own programs, tailored to fit the needs of local communities since the start of the pandemic. In its own programs, Visa has committed more than $1 million in hyperlocal grants, many to minority SMB owners in disproportionately impacted U.S. cities, including Chicago.
This marks the second year of the Bears Small Business All-Pros initiative. In 2020, 10 Small Business All-Pros winners brought to you by Proven IT were selected. Principle Barbers received a marketing partnership throughout the 2020 season, as well as a technology assessment provided by Proven IT; nine additional Small Business All-Pros received digital and social marketing exposure through Bears assets during a week in the season, including 4P Industrial Cleaning Corporation, Barbee Tax Consulting, LLC, Bark Bark Club, Boco Services, Inc., Colfax Corporation, Jus Sandwiches, Lillstreet Art Center, Small World Bar & Grill and Thalia Hall.
For more information about Small Business All-Pros Gameday Eats edition, please visit ChicagoBears.com/SmallBusinessAllPros. More information on the programs Visa has made available to small and micro businesses can also be found on the Visa Small Business Hub and the Visa Small Business COVID-19 support site.