• NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (NBDC)
     

    The Neighborhood Business Development Center (NBDC) at the Chicago Urban League knows that small businesses are the lifeblood of the Chicago economy, responsible for half of the city’s workforce and serving as community anchors in neighborhoods across the city. To better support small businesses in our neighborhoods, NBDC will provide technical assistance and empower small businesses by:

          1. Delivering customized business counseling 

          2. Fostering neighborhood engagement with the local business community 

          3. Driving neighborhood economic vitality by attracting businesses to targeted locations and corridors 

          4. Enlisting small businesses in making their neighborhoods safer for business

    CHICAGO BUSINESS RESOURCES

    Neighborhood Resources:
    http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bacp/sbc/find_neighborhoodresources.html  

    Rofo:
    Find office space & commercial real estate listings in your preferred area
    http://www.rofo.com/ 
     
    Site Selector App:
    Toggle maps to visualize optimum areas for business location in the city of Chicago.
    http://www.worldbusinesschicago.com/site-selector 
     
    Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection:
    http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bacp.html

    Local Elected Officials:

    Alderman of the 3rd Ward
    Pat Dowell
    5046 South State St.
    Chicago, IL 60609
    773-373-9273
    ward03@cityofchicago.org  
    www.dowellfor3rdward.com  

    Alderman of the 4th Ward
    William Burns
    435 East 35th St
    Chicago, IL 60616
    773-536-8103
    ward04@cityofchicago.org
    www.aldwillburns.com  

    Alderman of the 5th Ward
    Leslie Hairston
    2325 East 71st Street
    Chicago IL 60649
    Phone: 773-324-5555
    www.leslieahairston.com  

    Alderman of the 6th Ward
    Roderick Sawyer
    Office: 8001 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Drive
    Chicago, IL 60619
    Phone: 773-635-0006
     
    Alderman of the 7th Ward
    Natashia Holmes
    Office:2459 E. 75th Street
    Chicago, IL 60649
    ward07@cityofchicago.org
    Phone: 773-731-7777
     
    Alderman of the 8th Ward
    Michelle Harris
    8539 South Cottage Grove Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60619
    Phone: 773-874-3300
    mharris@cityofchicago.org  
    www.aldermanmichelleharris.net
     
    Alderman of the Ward 20th Ward
    Willie B. Cochran
    Office: 6357 S. Cottage Grove 
    Chicago, IL 60637
    Phone: 773-955-5610
    Fax: 773.955.5612
     
    3rd District State Senator
    Mattie Hunter
    2929 S. Wabash Ave
    Chicago, IL 60616
    312-949-9105

    13 District State Senator
    Kwame Raoul
    1509 E. 53rd Street, 2nd Fl.
    Chicago, IL 60615
    773-363-1996
    www.kwameraoul.com  

    5th District State Representative
    Ken Dunkin
    1543 N. Wells St
    Chicago, IL 60610
    312-266-0340
    info@repkendunkin.com  
    www.repkendunkin.com  

    26th District State Representative
    Christian Mitchell
    449 E. 35th St.
    Chicago, IL 60616
    773-924-1755
    http://www.ilga.gov/house/Rep.asp?MemberID=2043


    FINANCING

    Financing and Incentives:
    The Chicago Urban League  will work with businesses to empower them to grow. It will also work to attract fast growing businesses by leveraging the community’s assets: an ideal central location, rich in culture and arts, a close proximity to world class universities and medical district, with resources like TIF, SBIF, and Federal Empowerment Zone programs.

    Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF)
    The Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) program uses Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues to help owners of commercial and industrial properties within specific TIF districts to repair or remodel their facilities for their own business or on behalf of tenants.
    http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/supp_info/small_business_improvementfundsbif.html

    Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
    Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a special funding tool used by the City of Chicago to promote public and private investment across the city. Funds are used to build and repair roads and infrastructure, clean polluted land and put vacant properties back to productive use, usually in conjunction with private development projects.
    http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/provdrs/tif.html 
     
    For more information, contact Sandra Brinston at 773-624-8810 or sbrinston@thechicagourbanleague.org.