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***Request for Proposals (RFP)***
The City of Chicago, Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), is soliciting proposals, from nonprofit (i.e. 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6)) business service organizations, to deliver free business development assistance to Chicago’s small business community, and/or professional/program development for their peers, through its 2021/2022 Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) Program. Participants of the NBDC program, also known as NBDC “grantees”, will deliver highly specialized business programs/services that help entrepreneurs start, and business owners sustain and grow their small businesses, as well as assist their NBDC peers to build their respective capacities. There are seven (7) NBDC Program types. If applying for more than one program type, respondents must submit SEPARATE responses for each respective program type.
HOW TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD / RESPOND THE RFPs
The RFP requests can be viewed / downloaded / responded to via the “iSupplier” Portal Online eProcurement System of the Department of Procurement Services (DPS) at chicago.gov/eprocurement.
Proposals must be submitted via online application; emailed or faxed proposals will NOT be accepted.
The pre-submittal web conferences were held on November 4th and 5th, 2020. For your reference, please review the following conference presentation and/or recorded session:
Please check back periodically for updates on the 2021/2022 NBDC RFP.
The City of Chicago, Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) program provides grants to Chicago-based chambers of commerce and business support organizations to assist in the development of small businesses in Chicago, serve as liaison between local businesses and the City of Chicago, and provide neighborhood business development services.
When to Contact Your Neighborhood Business Development Centers
Chambers of commerce and business support organizations have a strong neighborhood network and coordinate efforts with local aldermen, the City, and other community partners. They help implement the City’s Neighborhood Small Business Growth Strategy. They can help start-up entrepreneurs, and existing business owners, with:
Find the nearest, or most appropriate, NBDC delegate agency in the list and map provided below.
Entrepreneur / Business Owner Resources