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City of Chicago Neighborhood Business Development Center

WBDC supports business owners throughout Chicago as part of the City of Chicago’s NBDC program.

Business Stage Specialist: Established Businesses

If you’ve been in business for two years or longer and are looking to scale, WBDC is here to help! Check out our latest ScaleUp and Scale Higher cohorts to see if there’s one in your neighborhood. You can also schedule a no-cost business advising session with one of our established business experts.

Capital Access Specialist

Business owners of every age need to understand their capital options. WBDC invites you to meet with our Access to Capital team for an individual advising session. Interested in Kiva microlending? Find details in an upcoming workshop or our online learning library!

Additional resources for City of Chicago business owners:

City of Chicago’s Small Business Center

Ward/Alderperson Lookup

BACP’s Small Business on the Road Expos

Cook County Community Development Block Grant 

WBDC provides support to business owners in Suburban Cook county through the Cook County CDBG program. Whether you’re still in the ideation stage, exploring funding options, or looking to expand, schedule a no-cost advising session with our South Suburbs office today!

Cook County Small Business Source

About the Cook County Small Business Source (The Source) The Cook County Small Business Source strives to support, grow and elevate small businesses, the backbone of Cook County’s economy. This program directly connects small business owners with expert guidance and support to take businesses to the next level. Cook County established the award-winning program to ensure that businesses emerge from COVID-19 intact and positioned for growth. A commitment to equity serves as the North Star for the program which provides access to government grants, loans and resources, and fosters growth for small businesses historically excluded including Black-, Indigenous-, People of Color- (BIPOC), Veteran-, Women-, LQBTQ+ and persons with disabilities-owned businesses.

Learn more about the program by visiting The Source’s website.


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