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

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

Formalize structures

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

Find financing

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

Increase sales

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

Optimize operations

  • Write handbook (Specialty)

Hire / retain staff

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

Capture wealth

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