Greater Southwest Development Corporation

Greater Southwest Development Corporation is a business resource center on the southwest side of Chicago, with local and regional expertise to support the launch and/or development of your business, regardless of industry.


Greater Southwest Development Corporation (GSDC) is a community development agency based in the City of Chicago whose primary goal is to improve the quality of life in southwest Chicago through entrepreneurial, commercial and residential real estate development

GSDC commercial development has two main foci; 1. Attract new or new-to-the area businesses 2. Retain existing commercial or manufacturing businesses on Chicago’s southwest side. The area is home to small businesses as well as major employers, such as Meade Electric and Dart, all of which support household income and form a solid foundation for economic growth. GSDC has engaged in business support and development since inception in 1974. GSDC’s commercial work has attracted and maintained more than $500 million in commercial enterprises in the Greater Marquette Park area. GSDC’s industrial work engages more than 120 companies in the Greater Southwest and Harlem Industrial Corridors.

GSDC strives to assist business across industry, revenue or employee size. Greater Southwest Development Corporation’s Commercial Division is a small staff ready to assist you in finding the solution that best fits your need. From one-on-one consultations, to quality referrals, to webinars or workshops, GSDC is posed to assist you. GSDC’s internal resources range from Special Service Area based resources; to business technology support; to robust partnership with City of Chicago Department of Planning & Development and Business Affairs & Consumer Protection. GSDC’s external resources are other non-profits or B2B resource providers (lenders, trainers, contractors, consultants of every kind) that allow staff to provide a quality work plan for every client, regardless of opportunity or need presented.

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Services Provided

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research
  • Diversification

Events and Community Building

  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Crowdfunding
  • Debt Funding
  • Equity Funding
  • Government Funding
  • Grant Funding
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loans
  • Matching Funds
  • Microloans
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Tax Credits

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives
  • Workforce Training

Import and Export Assistance

  • Networking/Exploring Exporting

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Manufacturing Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Demographics/Census Data
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Website Development


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based
  • Home Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Accounting
  • Technical Services

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • City Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business
  • State Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Government Requirements
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Registration Assistance
  • Subcontracting Opportunities


  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Lease Review Assistance
  • Office Space
  • Site Location Assistance

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services
  • Website Development


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Christine James
2601 W. 63rd Street
Chicago, IL 60629
(773) 362-3373