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Aldermanic Offices

3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell
5046 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60609
Phone: 773-373-9273


4th Ward Alderman Sophia King
435 East 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: 773-536-8103


5th Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston
2325 East 71st Street
Chicago, IL 60649
Phone: 773-324-5555


20th Ward Alderman Willie B. Cochran
6357 S. Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773-955-5610


City of Chicago Small Business Center

The City of Chicago's Small Business Assistance Center provides answers for common business questions, such as permit and license requirements, as well as valuable resources, such as information about funding sources and business development programs.

Customized resource listings are provided online after users complete short questionnaires regarding their business goals and immediate needs. Listings may include answers, instructions, contact information, web site links, and documents.

For more information about the City of Chicago Small Business Center, please visit

Workforce Solutions

The Department of Housing and Economic Development (HED) Workforce Solutions facilitates the delivery of workforce services specific to business expansion, relocation and stabilization of Chicago businesses. This unit provides employment and skill upgrade opportunities for Chicago residents.

On October 31, 2012, the City announced that TIFWorks job training program is available to all TIF active districts in the City, pending funding availability. Additional expenses eligible for assistance include entrepreneurial skills training for business owners, and modest facility upgrades, such as refurbished storefronts for newly trained retailers.

Assistance amounts will continue to range up to $5,000 per worker, or $10,000 per business that participates in multi-employer training, over a nine-month period. Grant recipients are required to track company performance, set measurable goals, and report on the impact of the training provided.

If you are in need of any of these services or require additional information, feel free to contact the South East Chicago Commission at 773-324-6926.

Alert Chicago - Office of Emergency Management and Communication

This site will guide you through the necessary steps to be prepared for any emergency event, natural or otherwise. In addition to assisting you in creating a basic family plan and assembling the appropriate supplies, it will also give you information about how to alter that plan depending on the specific situation.

For more information about the Office of Emergency Management and Communication please visit their website at

Tax Increment Financing (TIF)

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a City of Chicago program developed pursuant to legislation of the State of Illinois which provides governmental incentives to private developers to stimulate investment in areas which have difficulty attracting development. It is used in areas which are "blighted" or are in danger of becoming blighted (conservation areas), as defined by the state law which governs TIFs.

Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF)

The City of Chicago's Small Business Improvement Fund will reimburse building owners for TIF-eligible investments. Projects must preserve building stock, improve neighborhood appearance or economic value, and enable businesses to stay in the neighborhood, remain competitive, or even expand within the TIF District. For detailed information on eligible applicants, funding, and requirements please either contact the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce office or visit

Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP)

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection's mission is “to empower businesses to grow and succeed by providing information and services to help businesses act responsibly and create economic vitality and vibrant communities for the people of Chicago." BACP provides business consultation to guide smaller businesses through the government process. For more information on workshops and services visit the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection website.

BACP offers free Business Education Workshops every Wednesday and Friday. The classes are open to the public and hosted at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. in Room 805. Class topics focus on start-up operations, financing, marketing, social media and more. Classes are taught by industry professionals, not for profit agencies, and city employees.  Call for more information: 312.744.6249
Click here for the workshop calendar of events.

Procurement and Technical Assistance Centers

PTACs provide free services to help business owners effectively market their companies to federal, state and local government agencies. Services include navigating procurement processes, bid matching, identifying sub-contracting opportunities, and assistance reviewing proposals in response to solicitations and capabilities statements. PTACs are part of the State of Illinois' Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. For more info, visit the BACP online

Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council

The mission of the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (ChicagoMSDC) is to be the premier organization for increasing value added business opportunities between major buying organizations and minority-owned businesses. The ChicagoMSDC is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). To become a Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), visit the Chicago MSDC online

Women's Business Enterprise National Council

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council is the largest third-party certifier of women owned businesses in the United States, and is the nation's leading advocate of WBENC Certified WBEs as suppliers to America's corporations. To become a Certified Woman Owned Business Enterprise, visit WBENC online

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