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

Capture wealth

  • Sell your business
  • Plan for succession
  • Meet investors
  • Update pitch deck

Develop ideas

  • Establish goals
  • Create business plan
  • Define products
  • Create forecast

Find financing

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

Formalize structures

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

Hire / retain staff

  • Implement payroll
  • Draft staff manual
  • Write job specs

Increase sales

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

Optimize operations

  • Write handbook
Primary Contact
Joshua Moreno