Chicagoland resources to help grow your business

Assistance area: Legal, licensing and permitting

(312) 275-3000
rrichards@accionchicago.org
Address: 1436 West Randolph Street - Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60607

We’re a partner in our customers’ economic growth. We provide a holistic array of financial services. Small business loans are an instrumental part of that infrastructure, but we also administer technical assistance to coach our borrowers on practices that can maximize their growth potential.... read more

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(773) 473-7870
info@bethelnewlife.org
Address: 4950 W. Thomas, Chicago, IL 60651

Bethel’s Business Development programs are structured to help West Side businesses and in Greater Chicago from start-up through growth phases. Our Goal is to build a healthy business climate and create jobs for West Side residents. Bethel houses an state-recognized Small Business Development... read more

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(773) 285-5800
Address: 4510 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653

The Chicago Urban League Entrepreneurship (CUL EC) was founded in 2007 to help African-Americans launch, grow, and sustain businesses. Through personalized consulting, educational programs, and deal-making assistance for various stages of business development from idea to established businesses... read more

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(773) 941-4833
florence@farsouthcdc.org
Address: 9923 S Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60628

Far South CDC seeks to improve the conditions of business and residential spaces by providing resources and new developments that change the way people think and live on the mid and far southside of Chicago. Far South CDC Business Services Department provides assistance to small businesses and... read more

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(773) 436-1000
Address: 2601 W. 63rd St., Chicago, IL 60629

GSDC primary goal is to improve the quality of life in southwest Chicago through entrepreneurial, commercial & residential development. Since 1974, it's business services and development programs focus on attracting newly opened or new-to-the area businesses, as well as retaining and... read more

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(312) 996-4057
sbdc@uic.edu
Address: 815 W Van Buren St, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60607

llinois Small Business Development Center at UIC helps emerging and established business owners start, grow, and build prosperous ventures. Over the past decade the Illinois SBDC at UIC has served over 2000 entrepreneurs who launched 200 new businesses, creating 2600 jobs and securing over $85... read more

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(312) 567-3893
knappcenter@iit.edu
Address: 10 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60616

Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center offers a wide variety of supportive services for start-up and existing small businesses located in and around Illinois Institute of Technology and Greater Chicago. The center provides clients with excellent one-on-one technical assistance; offer referrals... read more

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(312) 887-9674
Address: 503 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Sunshine Enterprises (SE) launched in 2012 to begin the work of training and equipping neighborhood-based entrepreneurs in business management and development to transform their communities. In line with the vision to help seek community renewal, the mission of SE is to start and grow businesses... read more

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(312) 853-3477
wbdc@wbdc.org
Address: 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Since 1986 WBDC provides services and programs to support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen the impact of women on the economy by creating jobs, fueling economic growth, and building strong communities. The organization serves clients from all walks of life with a focus on... read more

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