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Greater Southwest Development Corp.

GSDC works to create, attract, retain, and expand commercial and manufacturing businesses on Chicago’s Southwest Side. We assist businesses with finding capital, business and marketing plans, government contracts, certifications and licensing.


We are a diverse community of passionate advocates, activists, and social champions. 

We work in service of a multicultural, prosperous, and economically vibrant Southwest Chicago, rooted in social justice and racial equity. Together, we build generational, inclusive and sustainable wealth on Chicago’s Southwest Side. GSDC provides housing and financial counseling, high-quality affordable housing, and independent and assisted living, for seniors and also acquires, rehabs and repurposes property for community good.

Services Provided

Develop ideas

  • Define products
  • Create business plan (Specialty)
  • Create forecast
  • Establish goals

Formalize structures

  • Register legally (Specialty)
  • Buy insurance
  • Buy or rent space
  • Certify as MBE/WBE
  • Secure licenses

Find financing

  • Establish accounts
  • Apply for a grant (Specialty)
  • Evaluate equity
  • Analyze needs
  • Apply for a loan

Increase sales

  • Develop partners
  • Update business plan (Specialty)
  • Join accelerator
  • Establish online
  • Improve marketing

Optimize operations

  • Write handbook (Specialty)

Hire / retain staff

  • Draft staff manual (Specialty)
  • Implement payroll
  • Write job specs

Capture wealth

  • Update pitch deck (Specialty)
  • Meet investors
  • Plan for succession
  • Sell your business
Contact Information
Joshua Moreno