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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

Develop ideas

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

Find financing

  • Apply for a loan
  • Apply for a grant (Specialty)
  • Evaluate equity

Increase sales

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

Optimize operations

  • Measure operations
  • Write handbook
  • Prep for wholesale (Specialty)

Hire / retain staff

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

Capture wealth

  • Update pitch deck (Specialty)
  • Meet investors
  • Seek legal counsel
  • Plan for succession
  • Sell your business
Contact Information
Chettha Saetia
1016 W Argyle St #3715
Chicago, IL 60640