Small Business Development Center

The Illinois SBDC at Greater Southwest Development Corporation is open for business! Though we have had to curtail in-person appointments, we are available for online and phone advising. For questions or concerns, please contact Andrew Fogaty.


We’re here to help! The Illinois 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 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, please email a.fogaty@greatersouthwest.org or call 773-362-3379.

We are part of a national SBDC network and are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (ILDCEO) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and GSDC.