The SBDC at CMAA is part of a nationwide network of centers that promote entrepreneurship and small business growth through no-cost, confidential consulting for new and established businesses and entrepreneurs.


Originally founded by Chinese immigrants, Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) has evolved into a pan-immigrant social services agency serving clients from over 40 countries. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) serves small businesses in Chicago, the suburbs and exurbs. Our unique value is being the only Asian American-led SBDC in the State of Illinois and having a homebase within a larger social service agency serving 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation immigrants and refugees. SBDC at CMAA provides one-on-one, no-cost business advice and management assistance. We specialize in assistance with the development of business plans, help accessing market information and the development of marketing plans, assistance with accessing business financing programs (grants and loans) and more.

Services Provided

Capture wealth

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

Develop ideas

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

Find financing

  • Apply for a grant
  • Evaluate equity
  • Apply for a loan

Hire / retain staff

  • Draft staff manual
  • Implement payroll
  • Write job specs

Increase sales

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

Optimize operations

  • Measure operations
  • Write handbook
  • Prep for wholesale
Primary Contact
Chettha Saetia
1016 W Argyle St #3715
Chicago, IL 60640