51st Street Business Association

Assisting businesses with planning, resource development, grant writing and educational workshops, delegate agent and liaison to the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection.


The 51st Street Business Association is an organization focused on assisting our area businesses and community in achieving continual prosperity and maintained growth. We are open to any business person, community service leader or area resident that is interested in networking and making a positive impact in our community.

The purpose of 51st Street Business Association is to educate, inspire, empower, network and support current business and aspiring small business owners and community residents within the Grand Boulevard and surrounding communities. 

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting

Economic and Site Development

  • Site Location Assistance

Events and Community Building

  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Strategic Planning

Product Development

  • R&D Support

Regulatory Compliance

  • Registration, Licenses and Permits

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Subcontracting Opportunities

Technical Assistance

  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services

Business Planning

  • Business Succession Planning
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Diversification
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review
  • Revitalization
  • Tax Credits

Events and Community Building

  • Startup Drinks

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Equity Funding
  • Government Funding
  • Grant Funding
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loans
  • Tax Credits

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Insurance
  • Policies and Templates
  • Workforce Training

Import and Export Assistance

  • Certification and Licensing

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Training
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business
  • Lease Review

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Manufacturing Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • Award Recognition
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training


  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Home Based
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Board Development
  • Funds Development

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • City Business Issues
  • State Business Issues
  • Women’s Business Issues


  • Lease Review Assistance
  • Office Space
  • Retail Space
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Wet Lab

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
  • Incubator
Primary Contact
Sandra Bivens
220 E. 51st Street
Chicago, Il 60615
(773) 285-3401