1921 Coworking & Incubator, NFP

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.


1921 Coworking and Incubator, or 1921 for short, is named after the Black Wall Street in Tulsa, OK back in 1921. Back then, this was a community of over 600 Black-owned businesses in what was considered a “self-contained” hub and community for Black Americans in a time when Black Americans were not allowed to patronize white businesses.

Our goal, once open, is to recreate the spirit of Black Wall Street and increase economic and developmental growth in the community. In addition to providing coworking space and tech incubation, 1921 will provide multiple programming initiatives in addition to coworking space and tech incubation. We have upcoming programing for IT Certifications, Franchise Incubation and Young Tech Initiatives.

Our Mission: 1921 will act as a history lesson for all who visit and an inspiration for minority entrepreneurs.

Services Provided

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Incubator

Business Planning

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

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Lease Review
  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Tax Credits
  • Watershed Planning

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Pitch Events

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Angel Investment
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Crowdfunding
  • Debt Funding
  • Equity Funding
  • Government Funding
  • Grant Funding
  • Loans
  • Venture Capital

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development
  • Insurance
  • Policies and Templates
  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives
  • Workforce Training

Import and Export Assistance

  • Certification and Licensing
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Locating Foreign Distributors
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Forming a Business
  • Employee Relations
  • Labor Relations
  • Patent Seminars
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Augmented / Virtual Reality and Holographics
  • Commercialization
  • High Tech Development
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Manufacturing Development
  • Technology Transfer

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Website Development


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

Product Development

  • Patent Information
  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development

Regulatory Compliance

  • Patent Information
  • Trademark and Copyright Information


  • Coworking
  • Office Space

Starting a Business

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

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Coding Schools, Bootcamps, Classes
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • 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
  • Human Resources Training
  • International Trade Education and Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
James Parker
11001 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628
(773) 612-1478