Small Business Development Center

Need help starting or growing your business? We’re here to help!

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Greater Southwest provides no cost assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout Chicago’s southwest side. Our SBDC helps entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and assists existing businesses as they strive to remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace. We’re part of a national SBDC network and funded in through a partnership with GSDC, the SBA and the Illinois Department of Commerce.

We’re happy to offer no cost assistance with:

  • Business planning
  • Guidance on business financing
  • Market research and marketing plans
  • working with local government
  • Grants and incentives

If you would like to schedule a one-on-one appointment with one of our advisers our, please email a.fogaty@greatersouthwest.org or call 773-362-3379.

Upcoming Events:

Startup Saturday
Sat, September 15, 2018
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM CDT
Scottsdale Library,
4101 W 79th St
Chicago, IL 60652 
Tech Thursdays
September 27th & 28th
8 am- 5 pm
City Colleges of Chicago
1900 W. Jackson St. Chicago, IL 
Business Plan Basics
Wed, September 26, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM CDT
36Squared Business Incubator
3636 South Iron Street
Chicago, IL 60609 
Starting Your Business in Illinois
October 11, 2018
Greater Southwest Development Corporation
2601 W. 63rd St.
Chicago, IL