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Business Resources

The West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce is a member based 501 C6 non-profit organization and receives a Neighborhood Business Development Center (NBDC) Place-Based Generalist grant from the City of Chicago in order to provide technical assistance, programs, and services for the small businesses in West Town Chicago.


The Chamber shares business resource information such as contacts for the city and state, demographic information, financial resources, and a list of commercial spaces available in an effort to retain existing businesses and recruit new businesses to move to West Town Chicago.

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Technical Assistance from West Town Chamber

What is Technical Assistance?

The West Town Chamber of Commerce can help local businesses by providing a variety of types of technical assistance. Below are some of the types of assistance. If you have a question related to the City of Chicago or City services, we may be able to help with that too!

  • Becoming a certified minority or woman owned business M/WBE

  • Bidding on City contracts

  • CAPS and neighborhood meetings

  • City service request tracking

  • City services schedules

  • Funding resources for starting a business in Chicago

  • Identification of existence of TIF, SSA, Empowerment Zone, Enterprise Zone, Planning District, Planned Manufacturing District, Landmark District

  • Identification of full ZIP code, Ward, Community Area

  • Informational resources for starting a business in Chicago

  • Liaison between business and proper City department

  • Liaison to public officials as advocate for issue

  • Local fire and police department location, contacts

  • Neighborhood school information, schedules, contacts

  • Permit tracking

  • Principal owners/operators & contact information for businesses

  • Public way use permits for items like signs, awnings, loading zones

  • Reporting and tracking abandoned/illegally parked vehicle

  • Reporting and tracking for tree trimming

  • Reporting and tracking graffiti and graffiti removal

  • Requests and tracking for installation of bike racks

  • Zoning information

Government Agency Resources

City of Chicago - Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) & The Small Business Center (SBC) 

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) licenses, educates, regulates and empowers Chicago businesses to grow and succeed as well as, receives and processes consumer complaints. BACP provides bi-weekly and monthly informative sessions to help businesses act responsibly and create economic vitality and vibrant communities for the people in Chicago. BACP also educates small business and consumers to ensure the public is protected against fraudulent practices, and investigates for business compliance in areas such as: sales practices, fuel, natural gas, electricity, durable and non durable merchandise and services. Additionally, BACP enforces rules and regulations relating to liquor establishments, weights and measures, public chauffeurs, public

passenger vehicles, ambulances, and transportation network providers.

121 N. LaSalle Street, 8th Floor

Chicago, IL 60602   


The Small Business Center (SBC) is the business licensing division of the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and the City’s “one-stop-shop” for business licensing, public way use permitting, and connecting entrepreneurs to business resources. The Small Business Center is located at City Hall, 121 North LaSalle Street, in Chicago; Room 800. We may be reached at 312.74.GOBIZ (744.6249), or 312.744.1944 for TTY. SBC hours of operation are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; Monday through Friday. Appointments, to meet with a Business Consultant, are recommended, and may be made by calling our Business Contact Center at 312.74.GOBIZ (312.744.6249).

City of Chicago - Chicago Business Center Program

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) has created the Chicago Business Centers (CBC) program and provided grants to eight Chicago-based business service organizations located in neighborhoods to serve as regional hubs providing business licensing assistance and other resources for small businesses. The eight centers will help fill the current gap of local business resources, particularly for entrepreneurs in historically underserved locations and populations.

For a listing of all CBCs and more information on the program, visit:

City of Chicago - Ward & Alderman

The City of Chicago is divided into fifty legislative districts or wards. Each district is represented by an alderman who is elected by their constituency to serve a four year term. In addition to representing the interests of their ward residents, together the fifty aldermen comprise the Chicago City Council, which serves as the legislative branch of government of the City of Chicago. To lookup your Ward and Alderman, visit:


1st Ward - Alderman Daniel La Spata

1958 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

2nd Ward - Alderman Brian Hopkins

1400 N. Ashland
Chicago, IL 60622

26th Ward - Alderman Roberto Maldonado

2511 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622


27th Ward - Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr.

4 N. Western Ave., Unit 1C
Chicago, IL 60612


City of Chicago - Office of the City Treasurer

The City’s Treasurers Office provides programs such as the Linked Deposit Program, Anti-Predatory Lending Program, Financial Literacy Program and the Small Business Expo to foster and promote economic vitality of the City’s neighborhoods. The Treasurer has committed up to $75 million to the Linked Deposit Program, to assist small businesses obtain loans from banks.


121 N. La Salle – City Hall Room 106

Chicago, IL 60602

State of Illinois, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

The State of Illinois, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity administers programs and services designed to help Illinois businesses thrive in today’s economy by offering expansion incentives, technology support services, access to capital, global marketing expertise or job training and education for workers.

100 West Randolph - James R. Thompson Center Suite 3-400

Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 814-7179

State of Illinois, Office of the State Treasurer

The Illinois State Treasurer's office supports small businesses through a program called Employ Illinois: Business Loans. The Treasurer's Office deposits state funds into participating banks, which enables the banks to lend money to borrowers at a below-market interest rate.

100 West Randolph - James R. Thompson Center Suite 15-600

Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 814-8953

Illinois Secretary of State - Department of Business Services

Whether you decide to form a corporation, Limited Liability Company or operate a partnership, the Illinois Secretary of State will register your business. Forms are available online or in person.

69 W. Washington Suite 1240

Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 793-3380

State of Illinois Department of Revenue

The Illinois Department of Revenue provides businesses with an Illinois Business Tax Number (IBT) which can be applied for online or in person. Many types of businesses may be required to register for a IBT number if the business is liable for reporting Sales and/or Use Tax, sales for resale, or withholding for Illinois employees.

100 West Randolph, 7th Floor

Chicago, IL 60601
(217) 785 - 3707

Internal Revenue Service - Chicago Office

Businesses are required to register as a taxpayer with the Internal Revenue Service by obtaining a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN). To apply for an EIN you must complete form SS4, which can be obtained by contacting:

230 South Dearborn St. 24th Floor

Chicago, IL 60604
(800) 829-4933

Small Business Administration (SBA) - Illinois District Office

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent agency of the federal government. They provide free financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area banks and on bank lends. The SBA also provides free consulting services to businesses and assistance to socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.


500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1150

Chicago, IL 60661

(312) 353-4528

Other Business Resources

Allies for Community Business (formerly Accion)

Accion Serving Illinois & Indiana is now Allies for Community Business! Our mission is to provide the capital, coaching, and collaboration entrepreneurs need to grow great businesses in their communities.

135 N Kedzie Ave

Chicago, IL 60612


America's Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

America’s SBDC represents America’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) – the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories. SBDCs are hosted by leading universities, colleges, state economic development agencies and private partners, and funded in part by the United States Congress through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

To find a Small Business Development Center near you search for locations online at:

BMO Harris Bank - BMO for Black and Latinx Business

As part of their recently announced five-year, $5 billion BMO EMpower initiative, BMO has committed $800 million to small business and commercial lending for Black and Latinx-owned businesses.


For businesses with annual revenue greater than $10 million

BMO’s Economic Equity Advisory Group focuses on accelerating lending to Black and Latinx-owned commercial businesses. Led by Anthony Hudson (, the team is identifying Black and Latinx prospects across industries, sectors and markets nationwide. Learn more about this program here.


For businesses with annual revenue of $10 million or less

They have launched BMO for Black and Latinx Small Businesses. Led by Vachon Harper-Young (, the program offers improved access to capital, education and partnerships for Black- and Latinx-owned small businesses in Illinois and in Indiana’s Lake and Porter counties. More information is available at, but in short, the program offers:

  • Improved access to funding with expanded credit criteria

  • A revolving line of credit with interest-only payments on what you borrow

  • A 0.25% rate discount if making automatic payments from a BMO Harris Business checking account

  • Partnerships with organizations with meaningful networks and alternative funding sources, including Accion Chicago, Chicago Urban League and Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • Financial seminars, networking events, and referrals for business coaching


Applications are being accepted at local branches in Illinois and NW Indiana (Porter and Lake counties). To locate a branch nearest to your members, please use the branch locator.  


ChiBizHub's mission is to help Chicago entrepreneurs grow and succeed. They provide small businesses with free, easy access to the help and information you need - when you need it. ChiBizHub connects a large network of primarily nonprofit service providers offering a wide variety of business-building services for small businesses. They facilitate the linking of these resource organizations to one another and to established, emerging and startup small businesses throughout the region.


177 N. State St., Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 589-5777

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

The Chicagoland Chamber serves as the unified business voice of greater Chicago that represents your business interests at the city, county, regional and state levels. 

410 N. Michigan Ave, Suite #900

Chicago, IL 60611

Chicagoland SCORE Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

SCORE association is a resource partner of the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) that offers current or would be business owners the expertise of experienced business owners. They provide free individual counseling and provide workshops for a modest fee where you can learn about various aspects about opening and running a business.

500 W. Madison St, Suite 1150

Chicago, IL 60661


Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights - Legal Help for Nonprofits and Small Businesses

Formerly called the Community Law Project, their attorneys have helped to build, strengthen and support nonprofit organizations and small businesses that contribute to economic development and deliver social services in low-income neighborhoods since 1985. Our work is focused in historically disinvested communities of color on Chicago’s South and West Sides. Our attorney volunteers and expert legal staff provide nonprofit leaders and small businesses owners with the knowledge to sustain the quality of their programs, improve outcomes, and spur economic development. Chicago Lawyers’ Committee recognizes that structural racism is a major contributor toward economic injustice; we work to eradicate racism and end poverty in our city and coordinate our activities in close working relationship with our community partners.

100 N. LaSalle St, Suite 600
Chicago, IL, 60602

Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago

The Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) is a nonprofit business organization dedicated to bringing economic and community development to the Near West Side of Chicago.

320 N Damen Ave., 1st Floor
Chicago, IL 60612


Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber serves as a cornerstone of the Wicker Park and Bucktown commercial districts, advancing the financial goals of neighborhood businesses by enhancing the dynamic economic climate, increasing the neighborhood’s visibility and viability, and encouraging profitable relationships within the community.

1414 N. Ashland Ave.

Chicago, IL 60622


Women’s Business Development Center

The Woman’s Business Development Center is a nonprofit organization that works with woman to launch new businesses and strengthen existing business in the Chicago area. 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.

8 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Fl
Chicago, IL 60603

World Business Chicago (WBC)

WBC is a nonprofit economic development corporation, dedicated to enhancing the Chicago region’s global position as a business location. This organization can provide you with free “point of first contact” assistance for economic and industry data, site location, state and local incentives, and contacts within the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

177 N. State Street, Suite 500

Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 553-0500

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