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SECC Awarded 2-Year Grant Renewal from City of Chicago for Neighborhood Business Development Center

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

South East Chicago Commission Awarded 2-Year Grant Renewal from City of Chicago for Neighborhood Business Development Center

CHICAGO (January 2017) - The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) is delighted to announce a renewed 2-year grant partnership with the City of Chicago for SECC’s Neighborhood Business Development Center.  This funding will help SECC provide technical assistance and build capacity of businesses within its five-community footprint on the mid-South Side: Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Washington Park and Woodlawn.

The City of Chicago’s investment will allow us to reach more individuals and families, helping them regain and maintain financial stability through access to strong and vibrant business corridors, which ultimately makes financial lives better in the Chicago area,” said SECC Executive Director Wendy Walker Williams.

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
    >Organizing Small Business Saturday events and activities.

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: Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Washington Park and Woodlawn.

About Neighborhood Business Development Centers

The City of Chicago Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDCs) include chambers of commerce and business organizations that have a strong network that is capable of assisting businesses via coordinated efforts with local aldermen, the City, and other community partners. They help implement the City’s Neighborhood Small Business Growth Strategy.

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