Small Business Supports

As a delegate agency with the City of Chicago, one way GSDC supports businesses is by connecting them to City services:

  • Providing businesses direct access to the City of Chicago Small Business Center
  • Aligning businesses with various City departments
  • Assisting with applications for City of Chicago small business loans and grants
  • Connecting businesses to local elected officials
  • Providing information on updated ordinances, workshops and other information that interests you – join our mailing list (insert link to the newsletter sign-up)

*New in 2020*
As of January 1, 2020, recreational consumption, possession, and sales of cannabis products are now legal in the State of Illinois. Want to know more and how this might affect you or your business? The City of Chicago lays it out for you.

City of Chicago Small Business Development Center
The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection is Chicago’s business support center.  Find access to online business licensing support, list of free workshops, access to capital centers and more

City of Chicago Department of Planning & Development
This department oversees development and long-range planning across the city, including efforts concerning manufacturing. 

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is a membership-driven organization whose members pay annual membership dues to belong. Members may participate in a variety of business-building, growth, advocacy and educational programs and take advantage of a wide variety of services. 

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Small Biz Assistance at the DCEO can help you at any stage in your business life cycle. Whether you are starting a new business, running a business, or changing an existing business, this site can help you get the answers you need. 

U.S. Small Business Association
The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam. The SBA offers a variety of financial and technical resources to help Small Businesses succeed.  

Need help getting in touch with your alderman? GSDC boundaries extend across 10 different aldermanic offices. Find out which ward you’re in.

Find all other elected officials.

Want more information on key city services? Find it on the city’s website.
Or visit the City’s Clearmap for crime information and block club information. You can also call 311 for assistance with non-emergency City Services and for information on events, programs and agencies within the City of Chicago.