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Neighborhood Business Development Center (NBDC)

Business District Secc

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.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of the Chicago economy, responsible for half of the city’s workforce and serving as community anchors in neighborhoods across the city.

To better support small businesses in all of Chicago’s neighborhoods, Mayor Emanuel is launching a strategy to continue to cut red tape, build the capacity of neighborhood chambers of commerce, and expand neighborhood-based business support. The Emanuel Administration developed this strategy after holding roundtable discussions with over 200 small businesses and community leaders.

Neighborhood Small Business Growth Strategy:

  • Empower local chambers of commerce to deliver customized business counseling.
  • Foster neighborhood engagement with the local business community.
  • Drive neighborhood economic vitality by attracting businesses to targeted locations and corridors.
  • Enlist small businesses in making their neighborhoods safer for business.

Business Development Center Services:

  • Information or demographics about a particular neighborhood.
  • Getting a new small business started.
  • Troubleshooting City-related issues for small businesses.
  • Connecting businesses to financial resources.
  • Business-to-business networking opportunities.
  • Employment and workforce development assistance.
  • Consumer marketing assistance.
  • Connecting your business to the local community.

Business Resources:

  • Information or demographics about a particular neighborhood.
  • Getting a new small business started.
  • Troubleshooting City-related issues for small businesses.
  • Connecting businesses to financial resources.
  • Business-to-business networking opportunities.
  • Employment and workforce development assistance.
  • Consumer marketing assistance.
  • Connecting your business to the local community.

For More Information Visit the City of Chicago website or
Contact an SECC Program Manager.

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