Neighborhood Business Development Center
The South East Chicago Commission is a distinguished Neighborhood Business Development Center (NBDC), prepared to assist in the development of small businesses in Chicago, serve as liaison between local businesses and the City of Chicago, and provide neighborhood business development services. The SECC has a strong neighborhood network and can coordinate efforts with local aldermen, the City, and other community partners. We offer a wide variety of essential business services including:
The Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) program provides grants to Chicago-based chambers of commerce and business support organizations to assist in the development of small businesses in Chicago. It also serves as a liaison between local businesses and the City of Chicago while helping provide neighborhood business development services.
There are multiple program types within NBDC Grants. The SECC is both a Cultural and Industry Specialist grant recipient. In addition, the SECC also operates Special Service Area 61 – Hyde Park.
Types of Assistance
We assist small businesses with:
- City Incentive Programs like the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF), Tax Increment Financing (TIF), TIF Works and Streamlined TIF
- Referral to Financial Resources
- Networking Opportunities
- Community and Regional Marketing Initiatives
- Technical Assistance for (troubleshooting) city-related issues for small businesses
Schedule a virtual (video) business consultation. Meet with a Neighborhood Business Expert to get the assistance you’re looking for. Complimentary consultations are limited to 40-minute sessions.
SCHEDULE A SESSION BASED ON YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS.
Whether your business is a new start up, moving into the region or simply growing within one of our business districts, South East Chicago Commission is here to remove obstacles and provide assistance along the way.