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Neigborhood Business Development Center (NBDC)

Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GADC) is a Neighborhood Business Development Center as defined by the City of Chicago.(NBDC) as defined by the City of Chicago. 

When to Contact Your Neighborhood Business Development Centers

Chambers of commerce and business organizations have a strong neighborhood network and coordinate efforts with local aldermen, the City, and other community partners. They help implement the City’s Neighborhood Small Business Growth Strategy.  They can help businesses with:

  • Information about a particular neighborhood
  • Getting a new small business started
  • Troubleshooting City-related issues for small businesses
  • Connecting businesses to financial resources
  • Business-to-business networking opportunities
  • Employment and workforce development assistance
  • Consumer marketing assistance
  • Connecting your business to the local community

Visit us at on the Auburn Gresham Community portal under Businesses to find learn more about the local services we are offering to the businesses in our NBDC service area.

To find other neighborhoods supporting local businesses, click on link download Know Your Local Neighborhood Business Development Center Flyer

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The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor. To register for a workshop call 312-744-2086. You also can register by emailing BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org.

2019 Small Business Monthly Workshop Calendar


 

October 2019 Workshop Calendar

10/2 City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers  
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805
Presented by the City of Chicago
To operate a successful business in Chicago you need to know what it takes to maintain compliance. Officials from several City departments will provide insight on how to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlight the do’s and don’ts of operating a business.

10/4    The Nuts and Bolts of Small Business Funding
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 11th Floor, Room 1103 
Presented by Hannah Fernandez, ROI Business Funding
Access to capital continues to be a pressing challenge among small business owners. In this workshop, you will have a better understanding of the spectrum of funding options that exist for small businesses in the "missing middle" gap, where the capital amount the business owner is looking for is too small for a traditional bank or too big for a microfinance institution or nonprofit lender (typically between $50K-$2MM). You will learn how to identify which funding option(s) is most appropriate for your business and know what it takes to become fundable.

10/9 Negotiation Skills Workshop
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805                  
Presented by Awatif Yahya, Founder, Awe Horizons LLC
Think about the last time you bought a car, negotiated your pay, agreed with a customer on a price, or got consensus with your kids on where to dine. How did it go? Were you happy with the outcome? Did you get what you wanted? There is science behind a good negotiation. It is a skill that can be learned and mastered over time. The aim of this workshop is to develop and enhance your negotiation skills, be it in a business environment or a personal setting, to get to a win-win situation. This workshop will address what makes up a good negotiator, cover negotiation myths and mistakes, negotiation satisfies and dig into 5 negotiation tactics. We will close with practicing tips to help you master your negotiations.

10/11 Lending Tools for Small Businesses in Growth Mode
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street – 11th Floor, Room 1103
Presented by Jake Stern, SVP & Director of Economic Development at SomerCor
Interested in taking the next step to expand your business? Learn about powerful lending tools that meet the capital needs of existing businesses in growth mode. Topics include SBA 504 loans, Small Business Improve Fund (SBIF) grants and Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) grants.

10/16 Forming Your Business: Choosing a Legal Entity
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St – 8th Floor, Room 805 
Presented by Agostino Filippone, Partner, Chokshi Filippone Law, LLC
Whether LLC, Corp, or another legal entity, when starting a business, organizing your company the right way can significantly limit risk. Agostino Filippone, a Partner at Chokshi Filippone Law, LLC, will present on entity options, as well as provide information and material to help you navigate around common pitfalls faced by business-owners.

10/18 How to Use Networking to Build Your Business
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 11th Floor, Room 1103
Presented by Anna Maria Viti-Welch, The Viti Companies
Anna Maria will discuss different ways to network, as well as how to begin networking, where to find the best networking opportunities for your business and how to make the most of your networking efforts.

10/23 How to Write a Business Plan - What you need to know!
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805         
Presented by Donna R. Rockin, Managing Partner at Rockin Enterprises, Inc.
Learn how to create a comprehensive business plan. It's easier than you think when you understand all the components that get included. You'll receive a complete list of what to include to demystify the process. Writing a solid business plan is your roadmap to business success.

10/25 Identifying Your Optimal Marketing Tactics
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 11th Floor, Room 1103
Presented by Rainier de Ocampo, MBA (Adjunct Marketing Professor at UCLA Extension and Cal State University, Los Angeles)
There are many digital channels and marketing tactics to choose from that it can be overwhelming and difficult to know which ones will work best for your business or brand. This session will unpack and help integrate the following marketing tactics: Social media; Email marketing; Digital advertising; PR & media outreach; Blog content; And more!

10/30  Fighting Cybercrime and Meeting Your Cyber Security Challenges in 5 Steps
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805
Presented by the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
Cyber crime targeting businesses is on- going and continues to be a major concern. Learn how five steps can build awareness and an action plan to deter cyber criminals and help avoid the problems that could destroy a business. This presentation uses the latest information about hackers and data breaches to educate businesses how to protect themselves. Better Business Bureau teamed with National Cyber Security Alliance and National Institute for Science & Technology, along with local cyber security experts to create a scale-able program that any size company can use to create an individualized cyber security program. This workshop is in recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

All workshops are free and are located in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago. To register for a workshop e-mail BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org or call 312.744.2086.
 
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FREE WORKSHOPS AT CITY HALL
The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business education workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall.
To register for a workshop call 312-744-2086 or e-mail BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org

On Deck for November 2019 Workshop Calendar

11/1 Designing Products and Services
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 11th Floor, Room 1103 
Presented by Kevin Smith, TEP Corporation
Have you ever wanted to start a business, but don’t know where to start? This workshop is designed to help entrepreneurs craft out their business, which will position their company for the next steps of launching a business. During this interactive workshop, participants will identify what business to start and products and services to compare to their competition in their respective industries. The outcome of this workshop will equip each participant with ways to discovering their unique value proposition and SWOT analysis.
11/6 City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers  
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805
Presented by the City of Chicago
To operate a successful business in Chicago you need to know what it takes to maintain compliance. Officials from several City departments will provide insight on how to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlight the do’s and don’ts of operating a business.
11/8 Master Plan Workshop
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street – 11th Floor, Room 1103
Presented by Vincent Williams, Director of Illinois SBDC at YWCA Metropolitan Chicago & Vice President of Economic Empowerment
In this workshop you will learn ways to navigate and create your Master Business Plan.
11/13 Contracts 101 and Negotiation Tips
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St – 8th Floor, Room 805 
Presented by Lauren Cichowski of 3BL, Law LLC
You were always told read everything before you sign it. But what are you supposed to be looking for? Learn about what makes a contract, how to spot red flags, and important terms every contract should have. Sometimes it takes some negotiation to get the best deal for your business. Pick up some tips on how to prepare for and tackle contract negotiations before, during, and after you get to the table.
11/15 Digital Mindset for Growth 101
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street – 11th Floor, Room 1103
Presented by Google Digital Coaches with JinJa Birkenbeuel
Learn how to change your mindset from analog to digital by translating your entrepreneurial dreams into online action for your brand and your business. We will give guidance on how to create goal-based strategies for your business that will help it become more "discoverable' and recognized online so you can connect with customers. We will touch on creative branding, social media, YouTube and content strategies. Come ready with your mobile phone to work and learn!
11/20 How to Open a Concession at O’Hare or Midway Airport
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805         
Presented by the Chicago Department of Aviation – Concessions Department
Are you interested in operating a restaurant or shop at O'Hare or Midway International Airport, but don't know where to begin? Come and learn about the Request for Proposals (RFP) process, how to operate a business at the airport, and a summary of the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program.
11/22 Get Capital for Your Small Business with Kiva and Accion
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 11th Floor, Room 1103
Presented by Accion & Kiva
Hear from Kiva, a nonprofit that provides 0% interest loans of up to $10,000 to small business owners and entrepreneurs, and from Accion, a small business lender with loan ranges of up to $100,000 for small and existing businesses.
11/27 NO WORKSHOP DUE TO HOLIDAY
11/29 NO WORKSHOP DUE TO HOLIDAY 
All workshops are free and are located in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago. To register for a workshop e-mail BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org or call 312.744.2086.
 
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** 2019 **

The Year of the Small Businesses!

Please let us know how we can be of service to help you start, maintain, grow and connect you with financial resources, access to training to improve or start your business, trouble-shooting City of Chicago issues and connecting to local resources in the community. Your new business resource development contact, Norma Sanders and she can be reached at the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GADC) office:

AGENCY ADDRESS PHONE
Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corp. 1159 W. 79th St.    
Chicago, IL 60620
773.483.3696

or by appointment at the REDLine CTC and Neighborhood Business Resource Center, 7801 South State Street. As we start the new year, working to improvement the local businesses in our service area remember to:


For more information on SHOP SOUTH and to see a list of services and resources offered as part of the GAGDC Neighborhood Business Development Center, click here

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