1921 Coworking & Incubator, or 1921 for short, is a space where small business owners and tech startups get trained, mentored, funded, and launched. In addition, we offer Virtual Mail service to help businesses have an actual business address.
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.
Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) empowers urban growers to foster thriving communities through sustainable agriculture and equitable food systems. We envision a flourishing food system that promotes urban agriculture in the Chicago area as an integral part of community economic development, food security, environmental sustainability, and overall quality of life for the region, and in which practitioners, organizations, and residents can reap the benefits.
APCC serves as a catalyst for economic growth, assures a stable atmosphere among our many ethnic businesses, provides leadership for the business community, and connects businesses to larger, citywide technical assistance programs.
Andersonville Chamber of Commerce fosters a vibrant environment in which businesses can thrive by attracting a diverse customer base; provides business support services and advocacy; and engages in business attraction and economic development.
Apparel Industry Board, Inc.: the only organization in IL dedicated to the sewn products industry! Shared manufacturing space, digital patterning software, workshops and seminars.
AAABNA works with local stakeholders to help create and advocate on behalf of the Austin business community.
The Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility promotes social business in the service of a just, humane, and sustainable world. Through education, engagement, and research, we prepare students and leaders to tackle society’s most pressing challenges.The center is a member of the Loyola Business Leadership Hub within Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business.
We are committed to helping businesses and consumers foster a marketplace of trust. From our home base in Chicago, we work to serve you in an area that spans from Northwest Illinois across the State to Kankakee and all the areas in between. We are on the road visiting communities, collaborating with local businesses, educating consumers and promoting relationships built on trust.
Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) works to connect commercial investors and business entrepreneurs to opportunities in Chicago’s Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood. Known for its outstanding vintage homes, well-educated and high income residents, and robust schedule of cultural, athletic and social activities, Beverly/Morgan Park is the perfect pairing for eager, discerning shoppers and businesses that want to succeed.
The Bronzeville Incubator™ is a marketplace of ideas and collaboration for entrepreneurs. It offers over 3,000 square feet of working space within the Bronzeville Cookin’ facility at 51st street and the CTA Green Line as well as a unique rooftop patio. Embedded within a diverse mix of social and business enterprises and startups, the Incubator is an attractive location to work and a supportive and nurturing community of people striving to rebuild Bronzeville’s economy through small business success.
Since 1923 Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown has offered expert support in three key areas: networking & introductions, access to capital, and special events & promotions. The Chamber for Uptown can aid you in small business compliance and advocacy at the city and state level.
The Business Services Collective is a nonprofit working with diverse entrepreneurs in the
construction trades to create a shared back office. By lowering the cost to delegate services,
we enable entrepreneurs to focus on growth.
It’s no secret that entrepreneurs who work together, thrive together. The founders of Catapult wanted to build more than just an incubator for tech companies. They wanted to build a peer-selected community where startups would have the opportunity to leverage experience from not only their peers, but also Chicago’s incredible business network. And that’s exactly what they did. Through mentors, service providers, investor referrals, and fellow founders, the connections at Catapult open doors that help startups grow their business.
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World Business Chicago is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city.
BACP ensures a fair and vibrant market place for both businesses and consumers. BACP licenses businesses and public vehicles, provides business education and access to resources, enforces the Municipal Code, and protects consumers from fraud.
Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) provides flexible, affordable, and responsible financing and technical assistance for community stabilization and development efforts and initiatives that benefit low- to moderate-income neighborhoods, families, and individuals throughout metropolitan Chicagoland.
The Chicago Community Toolbank provides tools to groups and organizations seeking to do good deeds in the community. We are extending an invitation to small businesses, groups and individules to lend our tools to reduce the cost of your next project.
The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) is an umbrella organization providing workforce services to both employers and jobseekers, for Chicago and Cook County region. Employers use our services to help train, hire and access a skilled workforce.
CMMC supports and strengthens the region’s metal manufacturing cluster by promoting the Chicago metro region as a leading center for manufacturing, strategically and efficiently aligning stakeholder efforts, and offering manufacturers resources to grow their businesses.
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives Micro Finance Group is a mission driven Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides lending capital up to $50,000 and business development resources to new and emerging small businesses throughout the metropolitan Chicago area.
Chicago Regional Growth Corporation ("CRGC") is the regional economic development organization that drives collaboration between public and private sector partners to drive inclusive economic growth and prosperity across northeastern Illinois.
The Chamber is a community of business and civic leaders working on behalf of Chicagoland businesses. Members represent a diverse cross-section of our economy, including small and emerging businesses, mid-market companies, large corporations, and multi-nationals.
We bring industry players together, provide a forum for collaboration and support, and better connect the 4,500 companies in the industry across Chicagoland to drive innovation and growth in the region.
The Department of Procurement Services (DPS) is the contracting, certification and compliance authority for the City of Chicago.
DPS Public Affairs
Phone: (312) 744-4900
121 N LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602
The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center empowers students, alumni and our community members to build sustainable businesses that do good and do well in Chicago. We are the hub to connect, advise and inspire entrepreneurship and innovation in creating businesses with purpose and passion. Our experiential programs, vibrant ecosystem and academic curriculum cultivate a foundation for entrepreneurial success for our entire DePaul community.
Construction Placement Agency. We work directly with General Contractors, subcontractors, and Elected Officials to ensure that the community residents are able to work on the construction projects in their community.
The Community Law Project helps to build, strengthen, and support community-based organizations and small businesses in Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods. We work with law firms to help nonprofits and small businesses spur equitable development.
Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF) is a national non-profit organization with a mission to empower people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities through innovative financial solutions. A leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), CRF increases economic mobility, and builds strong local economies through the development of solutions aimed at creating an equitable financial system. CRF has injected more than $2.4 billion to help stimulate job creation, economic development, and support community facilities.
The Connect2Capital Marketplace was developed by Community Reinvestment Fund, USA, a leading national Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), to help small businesses connect to community lenders that offer transparent and responsible financing options designed to help them grow and thrive.
DCEO’s mission is to provide economic opportunities for businesses, entrepreneurs, and residents that improve the quality of life for all Illinoisans. DCEO delivers impactful and efficient programs and services through its various offices.
Disability:IN Chicagoland is Illinois’ only business-to-business association that promotes disability inclusion in the workplace, marketplace and supply chain. Disability:IN Chicagoland is the local affiliate of Disability:IN.
ESDC will work with businesses to empower them to grow. It will also work to attract fast growing businesses by leveraging the community’s assets: an ideal central location, rich in culture and arts, delicious food/restaurants, a close proximity to world class universities and medical district, in a Hubzone, with resources like TIF, SBIF, and Federal Empowerment programs.
ESDC has served the Pilsen community on the Lower West Side of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois for over 40 years and hopes to add to its legacy.
We serve, grow and advocate for businesses in the Edgebrook~Sauganash community on the far Northwest side. With Sauganash SSA #62, we provide large-scale business district management. We partner with chambers across Chicago to stay current on economic development trends and tools.
FamilyFarmed is a non-profit organization committed to expanding production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food, to enhance the social, economic, and environmental health of our communities. Naturally Chicago, our new initiative, seeks to accelerate growth in the Good Food and Natural Products sector.
The Far South Community Development Corporation (Far South CDC) is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established in 1977 to foster economic development and eradicate slum and blighted conditions in its service area.
Future Founders partners with entrepreneurs to advance their businesses in the best way possible through age- and stage-appropriate entrepreneurship programs. We don’t take equity, don’t charge for our programs, and protect new founders from the predatory nature of profit-driven service providers. Instead, we create a supportive, trustworthy rapport that encourages open and honest discussions. We also instill a sense of community and encourage our alumni to give back by mentoring the aspiring entrepreneurs we serve.
We are the Chamber of Commerce in Garfield Park, a community-based organization focused on helping make the world around us a better, happier place. With the help of our tireless staff, we organize networking events, fundraisers, exciting community-building events, and in-depth training sessions for our volunteers.
The Garfield Park Community Council is a community-building organization made up of residents and allies working together to develop leaders and create programs that build a vital Garfield Park community.
We serve, grow and advocate for businesses in the Gladstone Park community on Chicago’s far Northwest side. We partner with chambers across Chicago to stay current on economic development trends, tools and opportunities.
The Great Lakes ADA Center is a federally funded technical assistance Center on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We offer consultation and training on issues across all titles of the ADA. We promote voluntary compliance with the law.
Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC) works to foster and promote revitalization of low-to-moderate income communities that we serve using comprehensive community development strategies.
Our mission is to strategically invest in the Chicago Communities of Chatham, Greater Grand Crossing, Avalon Park, and Auburn Gresham, so that they can
re-emerge as communities of opportunities and choice.
The mission of the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce is To transform Greater Englewood into a popular commercial and retail destination by (a)dvising, (d)eveloping and (s)howcasing its established businesses and acting as a comprehensive economic development partner while creating a favorable social environment for chamber members.
Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation (GECDC) mission is to rebrand, rebuild and revitalize the Greater Englewood and surrounding area providing support through business advising services, workshops and referrals to other resources.
The GRNBA is made up of hundreds of local businesses who share a wide variety of interests and needs. It’s the mission of our Association to promote and support members in every way possible, and to help improve the quality of life within the community.
We also work hard to keep the Greater River North area a top-of-mind destination for visitors, touting the area as a unique place to explore, shop, dine, take in the nightlife, and stay at one of our great hotels.
Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) provides economic programs designed to educate aspiring entrepreneurs and existing businesses through economic programs designed to strengthen and enhance financial opportunities to grow their businesses.
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.
Greenwood Project is a non-profit organization that exposes minority students to career pathways in finance. We have served over 300 students, and many have gone on to obtain full-time roles in finance.
A 501 (c) (6) organization founded in 1979, the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) works to ensure the equitable participation of its constituents in the construction industry, while also promoting the growth, quality of work, professionalism and integrity of these individuals and businesses.HACIA, a 41-year-old, not-for-profit business organization works to provide technical assistance to MBE, WBE and DBE firms with the goal of developing long-term sustainability & capacity. HACIA represents more than 300 companies that include everything from professional service firms to construction-related businesses, collectively employing approximately 7,000 workers with an annual economic impact of over $400 million
Honeycomb unlocks growth opportunities to build vibrant, financially empowered communities. We are a Reg CF debt crowdfunding platform that allows small businesses to borrow directly from their friends, neighbors, family, community and super fans.
HOPE inside is a financial empowerment program of Operation HOPE.
We serve adults, youth, disaster survivors, and employees with financial dignity programming and coaching to equip them with the financial knowledge and tools to create a secure future.
The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce (HPCC) is celebrating 100 years (1920 – 2020) of service to the Hyde Park business community. HPCC is committed to being an advocate for our members, creating opportunities for exposure and to bring timely, relevant business information to our members.
IFF is a mission-driven lender, real estate consultant, and developer that helps communities thrive by creating opportunities for low-income communities and people with disabilities. Key to our success has been a deep sense of purpose, a broad perspective, and a relentless focus on achieving positive results. Social return can coincide with financial return.
Ignite Technology and Innovation is a not for profit that works with small businesses and startups. Our innovative program called Launch 100 was created to provide resources for small businesses in under resourced communities.
The Illinois Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects creates a platform of inclusion and growth to support all minority designers; as defined by ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation. Our programming stems from three initiatives, Project Pipeline, Minority Leadership & Professional Development and the 2018 NOMA National Conference which we are honored to host.
IHCC’s mission is to cultivate knowledge, connections and collaboration to effect transformational social change and achieve sustainable economic impact through entrepreneurship.
The Illinois SBDC provides relevant information, confidential business guidance and timely business training to pre-venture and existing small businesses through a statewide network of 32 Illinois SBDC locations. Go to www.ilsbdc.biz for info.
The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) scales Illinois tech companies. With innovative resources that allow members to collaborate, build their talent networks and elevate their local and national presence, ITA is the region’s strongest advocate for fostering innovation and growth. Founded in 2005 and supporting 500-plus growth-stage tech companies, ITA has a rich history of driving business forward.
IWC is a nonprofit that seeks to serve, support, and advance women within the Illinois cannabis industry. As the industry continues to mature, we are using networking, education, and mentorship to facilitate opportunities for women who are exploring, connected to, and/or employed in the regulated cannabis industry.
The Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago’s Make City incubator is one of the largest and oldest incubators in the country. Built in the 1890s, at 416,000 square feet, the incubator is unique in its manufacturing focus. ICNC provides growing companies in a wide variety of industries affordable space, business assistance, and an entrepreneurial community that they can both benefit from and contribute to.
Ideally located in the The Loop, this newly renovated office offers 52,000 square feet of space in the second largest commercial business district in the United States. Enjoy best-in-class amenities, sun-filled spaces, and a warm, welcoming environment designed to boost your productivity.
Steps away from Morgan Station in the Fulton Market District, this thoughtfully-designed office is in the creative hub of the West Loop. The warm, welcoming, and professional space boasts a modern warehouse aesthetic with sun-flooded interiors and exposed brick.
This elegant office space in Chicago’s most desirable, up-and-coming neighborhood is ideally located between luxury lofts, boutique retail, and the CTA blue line. The space — featuring a lush interior and best-in-class amenities — is thoughtfully-designed with your productivity in mind.
Ideally situated in the heart of the booming West Loop submarket, sitting right on top of Ogilvie Transportation Center, this elegant office space in Chicago features a lush interior and best-in-class amenities including a state of the art gym, and building lounge space — thoughtfully-designed with your productivity in mind.
Bordering the Magnificent Mile and just across the bridge from the Loop, this newly renovated office offers over 21,000 square-feet of space in Chicago’s most dynamic neighborhood. Enjoy best-in-class amenities, sun-filled spaces, and a warm, welcoming environment designed to boost your productivity.
Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is a national program designed to help small- and medium-sized businesses in economically-distressed areas build capacity for sustainable growth in revenue, profitability, and employment.
The IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship provides free legal assistance, support and advocacy for low-income entrepreneurs in Chicago. The IJ Clinic also trains the next generation of attorneys to be vigorous and creative advocates for entrepreneurs.
The IRS Small Business & Self-Employed Tax Center is a one stop service for business owners to find all they need. The offers resources to small businesses with assets under $10 million and taxpayers who file Form 1040, Schedules C, E, F or Form 2106.
Founded in 1977, the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago’s focus is on practicality: on building knowledge and enabling relationships that help people do international business.
The Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) promotes strong communities, businesses and households to ensure that people who work do not live in poverty.
JARC provides high quality skills training and support services to help lower-income and unemployed workers achieve self-sufficiency. JARC provides economic and workforce development to businesses to improve their competitiveness.
Lakeview East is the birthplace of many successful businesses that have expanded locally and/or nationally such as Intelligentsia Coffee, Wilde, DryHop Brewery and Reckless Records. We invite you to be part of Lakeview East, a neighborhood guaranteed to welcome, grow and sustain your business.
3138 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
The Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce is a community of businesses working together to create a stronger neighborhood and business environment, through advocacy, promotion, networking and education.
The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois promotes economic opportunities for the LGBT community. We fulfill this mission by providing the LGBT business community (and allies) by providing networking, advocacy, and education.
The Lincoln Bend Chamber of Commerce serves the business district of Lincoln Avenue from Foster to Peterson, Peterson from Lincoln to Western and Western Avenue south to Foster. Come out and see what’s around "the bend."
Founded in 1948, the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (LSRCC) is a not-for-profit association of businesses, institutions, and professionals in Chicago’s Lincoln Square and Ravenswood neighborhoods. The LSRCC supports local business with a variety of community events, educational workshops, consumer incentive programs, and more.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago is the local office of the nation’s leading community development support organization, working in Chicago neighborhoods since 1980. With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families.
Our mission is to support, promote and enhance the growth and success of our local businesses and to leverage the community’s assets, contributions and unique Mexican cultural identity to generate new business opportunities.
The Logan Square Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit community organization and a membership association with a mission to advance the civic and commercial interests of Logan Square.
The Family Business Center is a community of business-owning families dedicated to learning and sharing knowledge to repair, sustain, and grow successful family businesses. Learn more about our mission and vision.
The center is a member of the Loyola Business Leadership Hub within Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. For over 25 years, we have served as an indispensable network for families in search of a confidential sounding board of like-minded individuals. We provide this through peer advisory groups, learning institutes, and annual events.
Loyola’s Executive Education is in the business of lifelong professional development. We deliver high-quality professional education that is characterized by excellence, innovation, justice, and leadership.
Harness the Insights of Loyola University Chicago: The Loyola Business Leadership Hub is your gateway to the best of academic thought and practical solutions. The hub cuts across disciplines to find the answers and connections you need to accelerate your business, while our specialized centers bring a deep understanding of your organization and its unique challenges.
MBDA Business Center is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce/Minority Business Development Agency and operated by the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council. We help MBE business grow through education,advocacy, and access to capital and procurement opportunities.
Melanated Queen Productions, LLC is a co-working and social space that provides a safe and culturally-influenced environment for visionaries. creatives, and entrepreneurs who desire to share a community with like-minded individuals.
MSBARC will take responsibility for developing our economy and businesses, promoting the assets of our community, and attracting investment. We will develop strategies and goals, and support and enlist the assistance of, elected officials to secure external resources, tools, and relationships that will help us achieve these goals.
The Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association is a non-profit organization that advocates for, promotes, connects and educates the businesses of Beverly/Morgan Park to help strengthen the economic foundation of the community.
To help the business community, thrive and grow through cooperation between the business and residences of the Mount Greenwood neighborhood. By working together we will achieve economic vitality and a stable social and business environment
Mox.E has state-of-the-art coworking facilities and business development opportunities. We are here to build a strong business-focused community that supports ethnic diversity and fosters the spirit of entrepreneurial collaboration for success.
Ms.Tech is a social impact focused, membership organization with a learning community that provides women in technology ventures and innovative companies the inspiration, knowledge and connections to reach their full potential.
Empresarias del Futuro (EDF) es un programa único en español dedicado a proveer educación financiera, liderazgo y emprendimiento para las mujeres interesadas en iniciar o expandir su microempresa, con el fin de ayudarlas a obtener independencia financiera.
The National Black MBA Association® is the premier business organization serving black professionals.
The mission of the National Black MBA Association® is to lead in the creation of educational, wealth building, and growth opportunities for those historically underrepresented throughout their careers as students, entrepreneurs and professionals.
We are dedicated to the establishment, advancement and support of the American Indian entrepreneur. We educate, mentor, connect and advocate on behalf of Natives businesses, students and those that wish to start a new enterprise.
Through excellence in vision, leadership, and continuous outreach to the diverse community of women entrepreneurs, we:
-Strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of our members and promote economic development
-Create innovative and effective changes in the business culture
-Build strategic alliances, coalitions, and affiliations
-Transform public policy and influence opinion makers
The mission of Near South Planning Board –Catalyst For Growth – is to plan, guide and encourage a program of development for the near south area while creating, supporting and promoting a thriving business district.
New Covenant CDC was launched to sponsor economic revitalization to bring financial empowerment to the Lawndale Community. Economic Development will take place through working with entrepreneurs/small business owners. We assist with starting and development of their business.
North Branch Works is a membership-supported nonprofit neighborhood organization that for more than three decades has promoted balanced, job-creating economic development along the North Branch of the Chicago River. North Branch Works has long been a City of Chicago “delegate agency” providing an array of services to local businesses.
North River Commission is the nonprofit community and economic development corporation for the northwest side of Chicago, from the Chicago River to Cicero and Addison to Devon. Founded in 1962 by concerned residents and neighborhood institutions, NRC unites over 100 civic associations, businesses, schools, institutions and places of worship to improve the quality of life in our community by creating affordable housing, quality education, arts & cultural endeavors, open spaces, and thriving neighborhood businesses.
Since 1980, Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA) has worked collectively to enhance the entertainment district known as Boystown. Representing over 100 In & Proud businesses, NBA is recognized by the City of Chicago, national media outlets and residents for its leadership of advancing economic vitality and quality of life for the total community. To this end, NBA provides programs and services that will increase investment, security, opportunity and activity in our district.
The Northside Business Opportunity Center (NBOC) is a business incubator for planning, development and support of entrepreneurs and their business ideas. NBOC members will have access to a team of business experts providing NBOC members with one-on-one mentoring, essential workshops, networking opportunities, specialized programming and check-ins to monitor and promote the viability of your business idea in a co-working environment.
Our mission is to provide the Northwest Side and Belmont Cragin with the tools and resources to preserve affordable housing, prevent displacement, and provide business development assistance to local small businesses.
Nuestra misión es proporcionar a Northwest Side y Belmont Cragin las herramientas y los recursos para preservar viviendas asequibles, prevenir el desplazamiento y brindar asistencia para el desarrollo comercial a las pequeñas empresas locales.
OPEDC works with Business Owners that want to operate storefront businesses in Oak Park, IL to make the process as smooth as possible from site selection through the Village process.
OFFIX is a co-working space designed with your company’s success in mind. Having two sites in Wicker Park and Pilsen with future plans of expanding soon. Building strong communities by encouraging serendipitous moments and organic conversations around the office.
Since our establishment in 1971, OTMRA has served as the voice of the Old Town community advocating city services for businesses and residents. Working in partnership with our local aldermen, the OTMRA addresses issues concerning development in the neighborhood, streetscape maintenance, business development, and promotion of the neighborhood as a destination in Chicago. The OTMRA also hosts regular social events, informational workshops, business roundtables, and the Wells Street Art Festival every June.
Parker Dewey facilitates Micro-Internships between companies and college students and recent grads. Through these short-term, paid, professional assignments, companies can both gain immediate support and enhance their full-time hiring efforts.
Plant Chicago is a nonprofit organization working to cultivate local circular economies. We offer small business support, hands-on workshops for students, and various other learning opportunities for anyone interested in the circular economy!
POLISH AMERICAN CHAMBER STANDS BESIDE IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS AND ALSO BESIDE BUSINESSES CROSSING THE ATLANTIC — IN BOTH DIRECTIONS
The Chicago-based Polish American Chamber of Commerce is the largest not-for-profit organization in the United States dedicated to fostering the interests of Polish American and Polish-owned businesses, business owners and professionals on a local, national and international level.
The Puerto Rican Cultural Center’s Business Initiatives Department supports small business growth and encourages entrepreneurship by providing bilingual (English/Spanish) business advising, training and necessary support at no cost.
We are a local not for profit organization that provides business assistance and marketing to businesses located in the Independence Park, West Walker and Mayfair communities.
Quad Communities Development Corporation (QCDC) promotes and celebrates commerce in Bronzeville by support, attracting and partnering with the local business community to grow and strengthen our eco-system. QCDC host business educational, networking and resource events, area-wide marketing campaigns, and provides one-on-one specialized support.
Companies need a strong, talented and diverse workforce. Chicago’s underserved communities are full of intelligent and motivated individuals with diverse backgrounds. The mission of re:work is bridge the gap for those two groups and help individuals, organizations, and communities in the process.
at refinecltv, we recognized a gap between the growing purchasing power of people of color, women, & members of the LGBTQ+ community and the advancement of our businesses. refinecltv is a digital community that makes it easy to engage with other business leaders, and publicize your business, with a mission to put money back in the hands of the underrepresented. refinecltv
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Rogers Park Business Alliance is a nonprofit economic development organization that provides expert technical assistance, entrepreneurial training and access to capital for businesses. We partner with community organizations, city agencies and residents to cultivate inclusive economic growth.
The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce represents business in Rogers Park. We are volunteers who devote our time to preserving great local businesses and boosting Rogers Park business.
MISSION STATEMENT: To provide leadership and representation in order to benefit the members operating businesses in the Rogers Park community.
VISION STATEMENT: To guide businesses, service organizations, institutions, and individuals to establish new businesses and promote existing businesses within the Rogers Park community. To create and stimulate an orderly economic growth, thereby enriching Rogers Park’s diverse community.
ROI Business Funding is a Chicago-based company that provides small businesses with alternative sources of funding. Our team advocates for entrepreneurs who have limited access to capital and offers them technical assistance to become fundable.
SCORE Chicago’s 100+ mentors and consultants provide services from over 30 locations in Cook and part of Will County.
We offer free business mentoring, consulting and low-cost business education workshops on a wide range of topics, from insurance and financing to website and social media marketing, in the downtown office and in community locations.
SCORE mentors can advise clients about options for loans and other types of business financing. SCORE and the SBA do not provide financing directly.
#SMNPCEINC reduces poverty among single parent homes by providing support via career development focused and related resources for Single Mother’s between the ages of 18-40.
Six Corners Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit economic development organization located on Chicago’s northwest side that fosters the development of a thriving commercial district by mentoring and connecting community-minded businesses, attracting customers, and engaging intentional planning for the district’s future.
Small Business Majority is a national non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. Small Business Majority advocates for policy solutions that create a strong, job-creating economy for all. We provide a suite of educational programs and resources to small business owners, their employees and self-employed entrepreneurs. We conduct extensive research on the attitudes and concerns of small business owners and freelance and communicate our findings and message directly to stakeholders and through the media.
For more than a quarter century, we have helped entrepreneurs like you obtain the financing they need to realize their business dreams. We are a non-profit, small business lender that offers SBA 504 and SBA 7(a) Community Advantage loans, and we administer the City of Chicago’s Small Business Improvement Fund and Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grants.
The South Loop Chamber of Commerce continues its original mission to beautify and revitalize the 35th Street Business District. We offer services, such as, identifying potential sites for redevelopment, assistance with city services, while providing advertising opportunities.
The South Shore Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that supports local businesses by offering technical assistance, business development and training, networking opportunities as well as access to public and private sector resources.
Southeast Chicago Chamber of Commerce enriches small business by providing tools and resources that feed growth through informative programs and engaging events.
Sunshine Enterprises’ mission is to empower local entrepreneurs in under-resourced communities to grow their business and transform their communities. We strategically partner with individuals in the community who are operating or seeking to start a business.
Teamwork Englewood was formed in 2003 as part of the New Communities Program, sponsored by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the MacArthur Foundation. Its goal is to unite the many organizations serving Englewood residents and work toward the common goal of building a stronger community.
The 95th Street Beverly Hills Business Association provides support for business owners located on 95th Street between Ashland and Western Avenues.
The JEP is a network of independent lawyers who are committed to making quality legal services accessible and affordable for regular people. They charge set fees, offer unbundled options, and focus on their clients’ needs.
The Gray Matter Experience is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that teaches minority youth
about entrepreneurship and helps them launch socially conscious businesses (essentially: a
business incubator for teens). In addition to programming, they serve as investor for teen
companies that launch from the program and currently have 5 companies under their belt that
they’re helping to grow.
The Hatchery is a Food and Beverage Incubator for Start Up companies looking to grow their business. We provide onsite tools, educational classes and events, and commercial grade kitchen space to ignite your dream into reality.
26 year old non-profit supportive service agency with a self sufficient focus. The agency was sponsored by four historic and ecumenical churches in Bronzeville in 1992.
The Chamber Builds community knowledge, business wealth, and social well being through business ownership, education, resource directories, corridor beautification, signage, storefront and façade restoration, and employment training. We aim to decrease resident unemployment, crime, vacancy, and blight throughout the corridors in order to achieve a vibrant, safe environment for all in Woodlawn.
The SBA is the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government. It empowers entrepreneurs with the support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover after a disaster.
The Entrepreneurial Support Program helps new and established business owners start, scale and succeed! We work with you to find and access the tools and resources necessary. We work with both Chicagoland entrepreneurs, and the UIC community.
University CoWork provides a convenient, fun, affordable, & productive work space for entrepreneurs. Located in Woodlawn / Hyde Park, we offer downtown-quality amenities (+ free coffee), beautiful office / coworking / event space, a supportive and talented community, and the expertise to help you reach your goals!
At the Polsky Exchange, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation provides significant resources and programming for community entrepreneurs, as part of the University of Chicago’s commitment to supporting strong, vibrant communities in the neighborhoods surrounding its South Side campus.
Uptown United is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community economic development organization survey Chicago’s Uptown Neighborhood. Our mission is to build a strong, unified business environment; facilitate economic development; and strengthen community—all to nurture a diverse, vibrant, thriving, and strong Uptown.
The mission of the Washington Park Chamber of Commerce, NFP (WPCC) is to create and sustain economic opportunities in the Washington Park community that improves the quality of life for all of its residents, businesses, and institutions through advocacy, initiatives, and partnerships for community and economic development.
The West Central Association (WCA) Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1918 to promote business and support the community in the geographic areas west of downtown (from Wells to Kedzie and from Grand Avenue to 16th Street).
West Humboldt Park Development Council VISION to promote and improve the quality of life for people and businesses in the community. Advocate for community growth and sustainability. Encourage business attraction, development, retention and growth.
The West Loop Community Organization (WLCO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit delegate agency of the City of Chicago that coordinates public planning, supports economic development, and cultivates community programming within the West Loop.
West Side Forward’s goal is to create economic opportunity and provide access to resources and support for the business community on the West Side of Chicago that lay the foundation to create living wage jobs in the community for residents.
The West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to strengthen its business community so that West Town continues to be a destination for shopping, dining, professional services, nightlife and culture.
The WPB Chamber strives to develop innovative ways to increase commerce among our Members through a variety of Member Benefits. In addition to being a Member of the National Concierge Association and a City recognized Delegate Agency, the Chamber recommends various business assistance resources and programs available to serve local businesses and strengthen the vitality of Wicker Park Bucktown as a whole.
The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) supports and accelerates business development and growth, targeting women and serving all diverse business owners, in order to strengthen their participation in, and impact on, the economy.
Workbox is a Coworking Accelerator that provides bold companies with the resources to grow faster, smarter and together. We offer much more than an office. We are an ecosystem of innovation, problem solving and idea sharing and a center of gravity for companies looking to connect.
The SBDC offers support in the areas of:
Business plan development
Financial and lending assistance (access to capital)
Market research assistance
Supplementary trainings through our Innovation Technology Institute (ITI)
One-on-one counseling for business owners and entrepreneurs
Childcare Business Training