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Small Business Resources

In every neighborhood of Chicago, small businesses are the lifeblood of the local economy. From Roseland to Ravenswood and the Gold Coast to West Garfield Park, these businesses and organizations provide jobs and a vibrancy of culture that makes Chicagoans proudly identify with their own communities. The City Treasurer’s Office is committed to the success of these small businesses in Chicago and in providing the resources and tools that entrepreneurs need to launch and grow them.  


The City of Chicago, Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) program provides grants to Chicago-based chambers of commerce and business support organizations, otherwise known as NBDC delegate agencies, 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.

Related: See how Treasurer Conyears-Ervin’s commitment to small businesses is helping to provide businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic get on the road to recovery through the Chicago Community Catalyst Fund. Learn more.