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Below is a list of technical assistance providers, city business assistance programs, and business lending sources. More materials are available at the Chamber’s Business Resource Center in our office at 5356 North Clark Street, 2nd Fl. in Chicago.

Click on the links below to be taken to the resources.
Hiring Resources
Technical Assistance Providers
Government Business Resources
− City of Chicago
− Cook County
− State of Illinois
− Federal
Business Lending Sources
− Banks
− Non-bank Lending
Links for Businesses

Hiring Resources

Trans-Inclusive Chicago-Trans-Inclusive Chicago! is a grassroots mobilization working to create a more safe, just, and inclusive Chicago through advocacy, education, and the arts. TIC! is a project of the Chicago Therapy Collective. Learn more:

Inclusive Hiring Practices

Centro Romaro-Centro Romero provides opportunities for those community residents with the fewest options. Through education, Centro Romero emphasizes the development of the whole family unit, the creation of community leadership and self-reliance.

ResCare-Northside American Job Center at Truman College-ResCare, dedicated to impacting communities for the better with a mission to help people live their best life. As the largest diversified health and human services provider in the U.S., ResCare is the largest private provider of services to people with disabilities, the largest privately-owned home care company, the largest provider of specialized high-acuity neuro-rehab in community settings and the largest career center workforce contractor in the U.S.

If you like helping others, you will love joining our team! ResCare employees say they love their jobs because they help transform peoples’ lives and their communities.

If you have a passion to help others – join us, make a difference and grow!

Technical Assistance Providers

Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Council

LEED Council offers Entrepreneurship Development to start-up and small businesses with classes, workshops, coaching, and referrals to resources and financing.
click here to learn more

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE/SBA)

SCORE – Counselors to America’s Small Business – is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business in the US. SCORE Chicago provides free business counseling, management consulting, and low cost workshops. They advise on how to get a business loan and offer other resources like templates for a business plan. SCORE counselors can help the entrepreneur start a business or a small business owner grow and prosper. The organization has more than 25 locations in the Chicago area. They also counsel by email nationwide.
click here to learn more

Women’s Business Development Center

Now in their third decade, the WBDC serves diverse entrepreneurs at all stages of development through the following programs and services:
– Targeted entrepreneurial training in workshops and seminars
– Industry-specific programs
– Multicultural Outreach Programs
– Professional business counseling
– Financial assistance
– Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certification
– Procurement and business opportunity assistance
– Advocacy on women’s business ownership and economic development
– Regional and national events and conferences
– Access to information and resources covering all aspects of business ownership.
Its programs and services are open to both women and men.
click here to learn more

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Government Business Resources

Click here for a PDF document listing business incentives and programs for all levels of government.

City of Chicago

Small Business Center

Don’t know where to start? The Small Business Center is a website designed to help businesses succeed in the City of Chicago. Resources include: city licensing requirements, finding a location, financial assistance, tax registration, license renewal, building permits, contract opportunities and employee training.
click here to learn more

City of Chicago Dept. of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

(312) 74-GOBIZ / 744-6249
Have questions about starting or running a business in the City of Chicago? Talk with a BACP business consultant. In an effort to better serve Chicago’s business community, appointments can be made in advance (call the number above) to address your business needs and reduce potential wait times. They have business consultants who can assist you with most of your business needs in several languages. BACP’s Business Assistance Center is located at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street – Room 800 and is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.
BACP’s business consultants can assist you with:
– Business Start-Up Information
– Business Licensing
– Resolving violations and citations issued to your business
– City Permits
– City Service, Programs and Resources
click here to learn more

Facade Rebate Program

33 N. LaSalle, Suite 1600 (312) 744-3200
The city of Chicago’s Façade Rebate Program allows businesses to renovate their storefronts and have the city pay up to $5,000 of the cost. Eligible costs include signage, awnings, windows, security systems, tuckpointing, lighting, and more. Call for questions about eligibility and to receive an application. Applications are also available at the Chamber office.

Important Numbers

Many city services can be accessed at
Chicago Department of Buildings- (312) 743-3600
Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection- (312) 744-4006
Chicago Department of the Environment- (312) 744-7606
Chicago Department of Public Health, Food Protection Division- (312) 747-FOOD [3663]
Chicago Department of Procurement Services- (312) 744-4900747-4747
Chicago Department of Revenue- (312) 747-4747
Chicago Department of Zoning- (312) 744-5777
Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities- (312) 744-7050

Cook County

Cook County Assessor’s Office

Cook County Clerk’s Office

State of Illinois

Many state departments and programs can be found at

State of Illinois Business Portal

A comprehensive resource of business information from across state government. Easily access start-up guides, forms, and other resources for starting, running, or changing a business in Illinois.
click here to learn more

Illinois Secretary of State Business Services

Illinois Business Gateway (to register your business online)

Illinois Department of Registration and Education and Department of Professional Regulation

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Illinois Department of Revenue
Business Hotline: (217) 524-4772

Illinois Liquor Control Commission
(312) 814-2206
100 W. Randolph, Ste. 7-801


U.S. Small Business Administration

The SBA is a federal government agency that offers technical, regulatory, and financial support for the nation’s small businesses. The SBA has a plethora of government-guaranteed loan programs for entrepreneurs who may not qualify for traditional bank loans. The agency also links small businesses with technical assistance and questions dealing with taxes and federal regulatory issues. Their Chicago branch office is located in the Citicorp Center and has a large selection of business resources.
click here to learn more

Internal Revenue Service

By calling (800) 829-3676, you may request Small Business Tax Guide (Publication 334) or a CD “Small Business Resource Guide” containing instructions and forms. Tax reports may be required after three months in business, so request forms early.
Small Business Tax Guide (Publication 334) Download:
Small Business Federal Tax Responsibilities:

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Business Lending Sources

Below is a list of community and SBA-certified commercial lending institutions. Always start your search for financing with the bank that knows you the best- your own.


*American Metro Bank-4878 N. Broadway, (773) 769-6868
Byline Bank-5342 N Broadway, (773) 293-4762,
*First Midwest Bank- 5117 N. Clark, (773) 878-2000
Chase- 5134 N. Clark, (773) 878-0953
*Fifth Third Bank- 5501 N. Ashland, (773) 878-5905
*BMO Harris Bank- 5711 N. Clark, (773) 293-3700
*Huntington National Bank- 4012 N Pulaski Rd, (773) 202-3700
National City Bank- 5247 N. Broadway, (773) 334-2022
*North Side Federal Savings- 5157 N. Clark, (773) 561-7051
*US Bank- 5340 N. Clark, (773) 769-2100
*indicates Andersonville Chamber of Commerce membership

For the complete list of SBA-certified commercial lenders, go to

Non-Bank Lending Institutions

ACCION Chicago- (312) 275-3000

North Side Community Federal Credit Union- 1011 W. Lawrence, (773) 769-5800

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Links for Businesses

The following are links to sites that provide small businesses with valuable information and services.

ABC of Chicago links the strengths of arts and business, promoting community growth and vitality through the arts.

The web site of Lumity, which provides low-cost information technology training to non-profits in Chicago.

Community Media Workshop helps non-profits use the media more effectively through workshops and regular trainings.

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