Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC)

***Request for Proposal (RFP)***


BACP - COVID-19 Small Business Support (CSBS) Program RFP #8287

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) will provide funding to nonprofit (i.e. 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6)) organizations to deliver free highly specialized business programs/services to business owners aiding in their recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The purpose of COVID-19 Small Business Support Program RFP #8287 is to provide a maximum of up to $60,000 per category to organizations to support small businesses in Chicago that have been impacted by the pandemic. The program is designed to address the ever-evolving needs of Chicago’s diverse business community due to the pandemic and assist in mitigating financial hardship such as declines in revenues and increased costs, to address the impacts of periods of closure/capacity restrictions, to implement COVID-19 prevention or mitigation tactics, or to assist with business planning needs related to COVID-19.

If applying for more than one category, respondents must submit separate responses for each respective category, which includes the following:

  • Outreach and General Business Assistance
  • Specialized Technical Assistance
  • Language Access
  • Vacant Storefronts and Pop-Up Support
  • Back to Business Support
  • Street Ambassadors
  • Outdoor Plazas
  • COVID-19 Related Training and Outreach Materials

CONTRACT TERM: The anticipated start date of the contract is October 15, 2021, with an end date of December 31, 2021.

RFP RESPONSES DUE: October 1, 2021, 12:00 PM, NOON CDT; Proposals must be submitted via an iSupplier (eProcurement) online response/application. Emailed or faxed proposals will not be accepted.

PRE-SUBMITTAL (VIRTUAL) CONFERENCE: September 21, 2021, from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Recorded Conference | Presentation Slides

To find additional information, and/or respond to the BACP - COVID-19 Small Business Support Program RFP #8287, please go to the City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS) iSupplier Portal. Please email questions to:



The City of Chicago, Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) program provides grants to Chicago-based nonprofit 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.

NBDC 2021 Grantees Service Areas Map     NBDC 2021 Grantees Service Areas Map with Wards     NBDC 2021 Grantees Service Areas Map with Community Areas

When to Contact Your Neighborhood Business Development Centers
NBDCs have a strong neighborhood network and coordinate efforts with local aldermen, the City, and other community partners. 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 maps provided.

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