Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC)

***Request for Proposals***

The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) seeks Request for Proposals (RFP) from organizations in Chicago that can serve as Regional Business Centers (RBCs) to help support, sustain  and grow the small business ecosystem in the city.

The RFP request can be viewed/downloaded/responded to via the “iSupplier” Portal Online eProcurement System of the Department of Procurement Services (DPS) at

  • Click on “Current Bids and Solicitation Opportunities”, then “eProcurement Bid and RFP solicitation Opportunities”.
  • Search for Solicitation #: 7578 | Specification #: 1208049 | Solicitation Title: BACP - Regional Small Business Centers

RFP DUE DATE: August 31, 2020 | 12:00 PM, NOON CST

SUBMISSION LOCATION: Proposals must be submitted via online application; Emailed or faxed proposals will NOT be accepted.

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, otherwise known as NBDC delegate agencies, 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:

  • Information about a particular neighborhood
  • Getting a new small business started
  • Troubleshooting City-related issues for small businesses
  • Connecting businesses to financial resources
  • Business-to-business networking opportunities
  • Employment and workforce development assistance
  • Consumer marketing assistance
  • Connecting your business to the local community

Find the nearest, or most appropriate, NBDC delegate agency in the list and map provided below.

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