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SECC and PNC Foundation Renew Business Development Partnership

Monday, October 30, 2017

South East Chicago Commission and PNC Foundation

Renew Business Development Partnership


CHICAGO (November 2017) - The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) is proud to announce a renewed grant partnership with the PNC Foundation for its Business District Program.  The SECC is a City of Chicago Neighborhood Business Development Center (NBDC) and this funding will help provide technical assistance and build capacity of businesses within the SECC's five-community footprint on the mid-South side: Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Washington Park and Woodlawn. This funding will enable the SECC to cover administrative and program costs to expand work with local small businesses to promote economic development.


SECC’s Business District Program activities include:

>Conducting business consultations with small businesses looking to start up or grow, help refer businesses to financial counseling, business planning, access to training and resources, and applying for City licenses and permits

>Facilitating skills development for small businesses such as marketing City programs, arranging for local experts to speak at workshops, and hosting networking events

>Providing economic development support in business corridors (e.g., helping to fill storefront vacancies and marketing TIF programs and projects)

>Playing an active role in driving neighborhood safety efforts by convening small businesses and Chicago Police Department (CPD)/Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) representatives


About the South East Chicago Commission

The South East Chicago Commission is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works in collaboration with the University of Chicago and other institutions, businesses, and organizations to foster a spirit of community and to enhance the ongoing quality of life across the neighborhoods within its five-community footprint on the mid-South Side: Woodlawn, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, and Washington Park.


About the PNC Foundation

The PNC Foundation's priority is to form partnerships with community-based nonprofit organizations within the markets PNC serves in order to enhance educational opportunities for children, particularly underserved pre-K children through our signature, PNC Grow Up Great program, and to promote the growth of targeted communities through economic development initiatives.


Please contact the South East Chicago Commission at 773-324-6926 or via email at to learn more about the Business District Program.