City of Chicago Proclaims "Honorary Jay Goltz Way" Honoring Business, Civic Leader Jay Goltz

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The City of Chicago has named a stretch of Clybourn Avenue after famed local retailer, entrepreneur and author, Jay Goltz. Proclaiming the street where he has been in business for 30 years, "Honorary Jay Goltz Way." Mr. Goltz' stores include the nationally acclaimed home store Jayson Home & Garden and the country's largest picture framing store Artists Frame Service. Mr. Goltz speaks frequently around the country on small business and management topics.

The Goltz Group announces that the City of Chicago has honored local business entrepreneur Jay Goltz, by proclaiming the stretch of Clybourn Avenue by Kenmore Street, "Honorary Jay Goltz Way." Thirty years ago Jay Goltz was the first retail pioneer on "the Clybourn Corridor," when the area was better known for drag racing and abandoned buildings.

It was 1978 when Mr. Goltz opened Artists Frame Service, a Chicago icon that has become the largest picture frame store in the country. Following on that success Mr. Goltz opened the nationally-acclaimed home furnishings store Jayson Home & Garden, and a full service art gallery and art consultancy, Chicago Art Source.

"Mr. Goltz has demonstrated exemplary corporate and civic leadership and a commitment to improving the neighborhood," said Alderman Scott Waguespack of the 32nd Ward of the City of Chicago, proclaiming the stretch of Clybourn at Kenmore, "Honorary Jay Goltz Way."

Mr. Goltz, who continues to develop his businesses at his Clybourn location, says, "In an environment where small businesses are more challenged than ever, I'm honored to have a city block named after me. It is especially gratifying since my retail career began at the age of five just a few blocks from here at my grandparents' and parents' dime store on Armitage."

Alderman Waguespack announced the proclamation and unveiled the new street sign on Friday evening to the loud cheers of Jay Goltz' 100+ employees who were attending a Goltz Group holiday party at Artists Frame Service.

About Jay Goltz:
In addition to running his businesses and donating time to civic causes, Chicago business entrepreneur Jay Goltz writes for Fortune Small Business and blogs for Inc. Magazine. He has become a sought after speaker and small business source since writing "The Street Smart Entrepreneur". He is interviewed regularly on business and management topics, and frequently speaks to small business groups and Fortune 500 companies.

Jay Goltz has been featured in national publications such as Inc. Magazine, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Small Business, Crain's Chicago Business and the Chicago Tribune. His company the Goltz Group - including Jayson Home & Garden, Artists Frame Service and Chicago Art Source - is one of only 14 companies featured in "Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big" a best selling book by Bo Burlingham.


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