Chicago Business Center Program

 Chicago Business Centers

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. 

Contact Information:
135 N. Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

Austin African-American Business Network Association
Contact Information:
5820 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60651
Calumet Area Industrial Commission
Contact Information:
1000 E. 111th St, Chicago, IL 60628
Greater Southwest Development Corporation
Contact Information:
2601 W. 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 60629 
North River Commission
Contact Information:
3403 W. Lawrence Ave, Suite 201, Chicago IL 60625
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
Contact Information:
2546 W. Division St. Chicago, IL 60641
Quad Communities Development Corporation
Contact Information:
4210 S. Berkeley Avenue, Chicago IL 60653
Uptown United
Contact Information:
4619 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640 
Corporate Partner Webinar Series:
BACP and the CBCs have built partnerships with corporate providers who will provide their professional and sector specific supports to the community.

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.


Chicago Business Centers:

Allies for Community Business AAABNA CAIC GSDC NRC PRCC QCDC Uptown United

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