Linda Zabors, a client of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune for her work studying reasons behind Chicago's 2,000-plus honorary street signs.
Her work and enthusiasm for the city led to her being one of 13 women selected for 1871's first female-focused program, WiSTEM.
"It all started just as a hobby," Zabors said.
After she realized there was no central place to find information about the honorary street signs and that some information was incorrect, she built her own database on all the signs. The database led to the book "Honorary Chicago: The Who, Where and Why of Chicago's Brown Honorary Street Signs," self-published in 2014. A second edition is in the works for later this year.
Zabors created a website featuring maps, merchandise and the history of her research. For help with the site, she tapped into the Chamber of Commerce's summer high school internship program, which provides IT experience for students. The website is www.honorarychicago.com.