The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce wants to help you grow your business and achieve its fullest potential. Whether you are well established, new to the neighborhood or just starting out, we have compiled a list of local, citywide, state and national business resources to help you along the way.
- I need a business license in Chicago.
- I'm looking for new space for my business.
- I need information about the Tax Increment Funding (TIF) Program.
- I'm interested in a Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) grant.
- I'm looking for information on Special Event permits.
- I'm looking for info about liquor licenses, public way use or other permits.
- I need to apply for a zoning change for my business.
- I'm concerned about someone using counterfeit money at my business. What should I look for?
Northcenter Neighborhood Resources
Northcenter Chamber of Commerce
773-525-3609 // firstname.lastname@example.org
The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce is a business and community development organization committed to making Northcenter a better place for businesses and residents. Since 1946, the Chamber has promoted the interests and wellbeing of the Northcenter community and has grown to a membership of about 300 businesses and organizations. Membership is open to any individual, business or organization located, doing business in, or intending to do business in Northcenter.
Northcenter Neighborhood Association
773-326-2440 // email@example.com
Northcenter Neighborhood Association brings the neighbors of Northcenter together to achieve and preserve a vibrant community for living, working, learning and playing. Northcenter Neighborhood Association is committed to strengthening the Northcenter community, ensuring the availability of public and private community services, and to promoting Northcenter as a vital and prosperous business community.
Office of the 47th Ward/Alderman Ameya Pawar
773-868-4747 // firstname.lastname@example.org
Alderman Ameya Pawar and his staff can be a great resource for local businesses, especially new businesses coming to the area. Find information about job trainings and resources, permits and procedures, zoning and development, retail spaces for sale and development and more at the 47th Ward website.
CAPS District 19
The Chicago Police Department 19th District can assist and update you with any safety or crime-related concerns. They have regular meetings where you can ask questions and gather information directly, which are posted to their website.
City of Chicago Resources
Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) ensures a fair and vibrant market place for both businesses and consumers. BACP licenses businesses and public vehicles, provides business education and access to resources, enforces the Municipal Code, and protects consumers from fraud.
BACP Small Business Resource Center
312-744-6429 // email@example.com
The Small Business Resource Center is a one-stop destination for small business owners and entrepreneurs for information on licenses, permits and additional resources available to small businesses in Chicago. The BACP is also home to the Restaurant Resource Center, where restaurants can find information on facility trainings, inspections, certification and more.
Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Licensing (DBA)
The Department of Business Affairs & Licensing’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. DBA's 'one-stop-shop' for businesses provides business consultants to guide businesses through the government process.
Chicago Department of Procurement Services
The Department of Procurement Services contracts for over $2 billion of goods and services annually for the City of Chicago through an open-bid and solicitation process to ensure fairness, competition and best value. DPS generates revenue through our auctions that promote reuse and recycling. Responsible vendors are encouraged to share in many contracting opportunities, and the DPS holds many outreach events and posts opportunities to get involved with the City of Chicago on their website.
Chicago Department of Zoning and Land Use Planning
DPD's Land Use Planning and Policy Division develops and implements citywide and neighborhood land use plans and manages the Chicago Plan Commission. It also reviews planned developments, lakefront protection applications, and proposed zoning changes in industrial corridors.
Chicago Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
773-303-0167 // firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chicago Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce works to promote economic opportunities for the LGBT community by being an advocate and resource for member businesses that promote equality. The Chamber also runs a campaign focused on LGBT tourism.
Chicago Korean-American Chamber of Commerce
Thirty-five years ago, the Chamber started as a coalition of like-minded Korean-American businessmen who were determined to protect themselves and their neighbors from harmful or unfair business practices. Since then, the Chamber has expanded to include services for businesses such as diversity career fairs, business, legal, insurance and financial consulting, garbage disposal, Quickbooks™ classes, group dental insurance and English-Korean translation and interpretation.
Chicagoland Black Chamber of Commerce
312-600-7276 // email@example.com.
The mission of the NBCC is to economically empower and sustain African-American (Black) Communities through entreprenuership and capitalistic activities via interaction with the Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc and the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
(312) 494-6700 // firstname.lastname@example.org
Serving as “The Voice of Business” since 1904, the Chamber leads aggressive public policy and business growth initiatives and we create meaningful events and programs to inform, engage, and connect our members to each other and the community.
Chicago Public Library
Check your local branch
The CPL has a variety of business resources, paper and electronic, available at no cost. All you need is a library card!
DePaul University Coleman Entrepreneurship Center
The Coleman Center provides access to resources, knowledge, and people. Within its offices, a
library is available for clients, including books, software, and reference guides. The Center also
connects entrepreneurs with people and organizations that can further help grow their businesses.
National Association of Women Business Owners-Chicago Area Chapter (NAWBO)
NAWBO is the premier organization in the United States representing the interests of all women business owners. NAWBO Chicago, among the largest of the organization’s more than 80 chapters, offers a wealth of opportunities ranging from contacts and networking to learning, advocacy and growth.
World Business Chicago
312-553-0500 // email@example.com
Chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, World Business Chicago (WBC) fosters private sector growth and jobs through the advancement of a business-friendly environment that attracts world class talent. WBC leads the city's business retention, attraction and expansion efforts, raises Chicago's position as a premier global business destination, and guides implementation of the Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs.
State of Illinois Resources
Illinois Bureau of Workforce Development
The State of Illinois is committed to cultivating a well-trained workforce. The Bureau of Workforce Development connects employers with potential employees and offers career training to help individuals upgrade skills or train for a new career. Businesses can use the employment and training services, while career-seekers can use these tools to earn degrees, certifications and more.
Illinois Bureau of Technology and Industrial Competitiveness
This bureau helps Illinois businesses, entrepreneurs and citizens to success in a changing economy by developing the skills of their workers; promoting safe and healthy workplaces; assisting in the commercialization of new technologies; and providing access to modernizing technologies and practices.
Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce
The Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the empowerment of black entrepreneurs across the State. We are strong advocates and partners with our business community providing advocacy, education, resources and services designed to promote our chamber constituents. We support job creation by helping our members to strengthen their businesses and hire workers in their communities. The Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice of the black business community in the State of Illinois.
Illinois Chamber of Commerce
The Illinois Chamber of Commerce represents the state’s employers on issues of economic development and jobs; employment law topics, such as workers’ compensation and healthcare; business taxes and infrastructure investment.
Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC)
The ICC’s mission is to pursue an appropriate balance between the interest of consumers and
existing and emerging service providers to ensure the provision of adequate, efficient, reliable,
safe and least-cost public utility services.
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
DCEO seeks to provide a foundation for the economic prosperity of all Illinoisans, through coordination of business recruitment and retention, provision of essential capital to small businesses, investment in infrastructure and job training, and administration of state and federal grant programs. DCEO leads the Illinois economic development process in partnership with businesses, local governments, workers and families.
Illinois DCEO Business Development Liaisons
DCEO Business Development Liaisons can connect you to a variety of loan programs, tax assistance, tax structure resources and more available for your business.
Illinois DCEO Entrepreneurship Network
The Illinois Entrepreneurship Network provides assistance for financing, business planning, marketing and product development, training, business assessment, counseling and networking and more. At the website, you can find local entrepreneurship centers, Small Business Development Centers, International Trade Centers and more.
Illinois Department of Revenue
The primary responsibility of the Department of Revenue is to serve as the tax collection agency for state government and for local governments. The department also oversees local property tax assessments, and functions as the funding agent for the Illinois Housing Development Authority, as well as regulating gaming and the manufacturing, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages.
Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
312-425-9500 // firstname.lastname@example.org
The Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) is the principal voice for the more than 45,000 Hispanic owned businesses in the State of Illinois. IHCC promotes the growth and success of Hispanic firms and serves as a strong advocate for business issues.
International Trade Club of Chicago
Founded in 1919, the International Trade Club of Chicago (ITCC) is a not-for-profit trade association based in Chicago, Illinois. Members represent a broad range of manufacturing, technology and service sectors, as well as educational institutions, government agencies, and the diplomatic corps. The ITCC aims to foster international trade and investment; to encourage the profession of international business management on a high ethical plane; to provide a medium for exchange and a forum for the discussion of issues of mutual interest; to seek by concerted action to remove barriers which may interfere with the development of international trade and investment; and to promote better understanding and appreciation of its significance.
Small Business Growth Corporation
Small Business Growth Corporation (Growth Corp) is a statewide, not-for-profit corporation that works in conjunction with financial institutions to provide financing assistance to small businesses throughout Illinois. SBGC’s loan officers offer their expertise on the 504 Loan Program for small businesses.
State of Illinois Business Portal
Wherever you are in the entrepreneurship process, the State of Illinois Business Portal can help. Find a wealth of information and resources for starting, running, expanding, relocating, or closing a business. Links include sections on agriculture, data, finance and taxes and more.
American Business Women’s Association (ABWA)
The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.
Black Enterprise is the premier business, investing and wealth-building resource for African-American entrepreneurs. BE provides essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs and decision-makers. Black Enterprise is the definitive source of information for and about African-American business markets and leaders, and the authority on black business news and trends.
Independent We Stand
Independent We Stand is a website and online database of independently owned businesses across the country reaching out to their communities and educating their neighbors about the many benefits of “buying local.” Local, independent businesses across the country can register for free or premium listings in their directory and on their app.
Latin American Chamber of Commerce
773-252-5211 // email@example.com
At more than 1,300 members, the LACC is the largest Latin American business development organization in the Midwest and one of the largest in the country. The LACC assists Latin American-owned businesses in a variety of areas, including business financing, contract procurement and general business consulting, including marketing managing and training development.
National Black Chamber of Commerce
202-466-6888 // firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Black Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States and via interaction with the Black Diaspora.
SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business
SCORE 'Counselors to America's Small Business' is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Social Security Administration
The Ticket To Work Program can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, save more money, and become financially independent, all while they keep their health coverage. Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program that gives beneficiaries real choices that can help them create and lead better lives.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing more than three million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. It includes hundreds of associations, thousands of local chambers, and 106 American Chambers of Commerce in 94 countries. Its core mission is to fight for business and free enterprise before Congress, the White House, regulatory agencies, the courts, the court of public opinion, and governments around the world.
U.S. Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce
202-296-5221 // email@example.com
The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) is the oldest and largest national, nonprofit, non partisan organization representing all Asian American and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services. As a thought leader with 28-year of track record in business matchmaking accomplishments, strong partnerships with corporations, government, and Asian American businesses, USPAACC is poised to raise the bar to yet another level.
United States Small Business Administration (SBA)
312-353-4528 // firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace.
SBA Small Business Planner
The Small Business Planner features a comprehensive series of tools and resources for the prospective small business owner to tackle the challenges of entrepreneurship. The Planner features guides on everything from creating a business plan to management to business law and regulation to exploring funding opportunities.
Women’s Business Development Center
WBDC services are available in Spanish and English, and include business assessments, loan packaging, public and private sector procurement assistance, classes/workshops, and individualized counseling on all aspects of business development, management, and strategy. The WBDC also provides assistance to develop home-and center-based childcare businesses.
Women’s Leadership Exchange
Women's Leadership Exchange® (WLE) is a social entrepreneurship organization founded by and for successful businesswomen. Recognizing the unique challenges facing women in business – whether they are leading their own companies or are leaders in the corporate, government or not-for-profit sectors, WLE offers a program that helps them fill the information gap and provides a venue for building connections that will facilitate their success in business and in life.