Chicago Business Center Program
The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) has created the Chicago Business Centers (CBC) program and provided grants to eight Chicago-based business service organizations located in neighborhoods to serve as regional hubs providing business licensing assistance and other resources for small businesses. The eight centers will help fill the current gap of local business resources, particularly for entrepreneurs in historically underserved locations and populations.
When to connect with your neighborhood CBC:
CBCs provide support to start-up entrepreneurs, and existing business owners, who need the following types of assistance:
1. Business License, Public Way Use Permit, and City Resources Support | City of Chicago business license and public way use permit online applications through Chicago Business Direct, as well as preparing and connecting with a BACP Business Consultant
2. Funding for Underrepresented Populations | Business funding (debt and/or non-debt) resources especially to those who have historically lacked access to banks and capital networks
3. Professional Services, including Sector-Specific Guidance | Professional development and specialized, sector-specific, business resources; BACP and CBCs, in partnership with corporate providers, present the Corporate Partner Webinar Series
CBCs are located in, and administered by, the following business service organizations:
Due to COVID-19, all CBC consultations are conducted virtually. Please check this page periodically to find out when walk-ins services become available.
135 N. Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60612
5820 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60651
1000 E. 111th St, Chicago, IL 60628
2601 W. 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 60629
3403 W. Lawrence Ave, Suite 201, Chicago IL 60625
2546 W. Division St. Chicago, IL 60641
4210 S. Berkeley Avenue, Chicago IL 60653
4619 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
Tuesday, April 20th at 12:00 PM (Register for the 4/20 Webinar)
Decoding the Data and Financial Inclusion
Hosted by BMO Harris
In this webinar learn how to use data to inform decisions that can set your business up for success. Additionally, learn about efforts aimed at supporting an inclusive economic recovery and how BMO is expanding small business lending and resources for women, Black and Latinx-owned small businesses.