Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC)
***Request for Proposals (RFP)***
2021/2022 NBDC Program RFPs
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.
- Click on “Current Bids and Solicitation Opportunities”, then “eProcurement Bid and Solicitation Opportunities”.
- Search for the following solicitations:
- 7327 BACP - Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) - Place-Based Generalist
- 7697 BACP - Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) - Cultural Specialist
- 7698 BACP - Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) - Capital Specialist
- 7699 BACP - Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) - Industry Specialist
- 7700 BACP - Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) - Innovation Specialist
- 7701 BACP - Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) - Bus. Stage Specialist
- 7702 BACP - Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) - Peer-to-Peer Trainer
- For eProcurement Instructional Documents & Tutorials, please review the DPS Online Training Materials
- Intro to eProcurement (i.e. How to register, View Bids/Solicitations, How to respond, Adding Attachments, etc.)
- eProcurement Electronic Bidding Frequently Asked Questions
- Open: October 26, 2020; 05:00 PM CST
- Close: November 30, 2020; 12:00 PM CST
Proposals must be submitted via online application; emailed or faxed proposals will NOT be accepted.
- For assistance with iSupplier, please contact the iSupplier Customer Support Center
- For questions about the RFP, please send an email to: nbdc at cityofchicago dot org
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:
- Presentation Slides: BACP NBDC 2021-2022 RFP - Pre-Submittal Conference - 11.05.20
- Recorded Session: CoC BACP NBDC 2021-2022 RFP - Pre-Submittal Web Conference - 11.05.20
- FAQ for Pre-Submittal Conferences
Please check back periodically for updates on the 2021/2022 NBDC RFP.
ABOUT THE NBDC PROGRAM
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:
- 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.
Entrepreneur / Business Owner Resources
- Know Your Local Neighborhood Business Development Centers (Flyer)
- How to Start a Chamber (Flyer)
- Resources to Start, Run and Grow Your Business (Workshop Presentation)