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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

2019 Small Business Monthly Workshop Calendar

Download a copy of the latest 2019 BUSINESS EDUCATION WORKSHOPS by clicking on the link below:

April 2019 Business Education Workshop

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREEbusiness education workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall.
To register for a workshop call 312-744-2086 or e-mail
Don't miss our  FREE business education workshops! Topics include marketing, access to capital, legal tips, & more! Join us at City Hall-121 N. LaSalle St. on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM and Fridays at 9:30AM on the 8th Floor in Room 805.
These are just a few of the many great workshops that will be offered in 2018.  You can get the workshop schedule and more information at BACP Workshops.

To register for a workshop please email or call 312.744.2086.

** 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:

Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corp. 1159 W. 79th St.    
Chicago, IL 60620

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:


Keep Your Business Safe During the Holiday Season...

Have a Happy Holiday!

The Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation's campaign to shop local was created and first initiated, as part of the a strategy to promote shopping local in south side communities that were included our Neighborhood Business Development Center (NBDC) service area. We chose and adopted the slogan to "SHOP SOUTH" to drive a comprehensive business initiative to:

  • Promote shopping at independently owned local business in our NBDC service area and ultimately expanding the effort to promote all businesses across all neighborhoods on the City's South SideKeep and put more dollars back into the South side communities
  • Keep and to create more local jobs
  • Keep, attract and help businesses thrive so we can eat, play, work and shop within our neighborhoods and
  • Offer to the rest of the city and beyond a place to shop at a diverse set of businesses unique to our neighborhoods

We introduced "Shop South" in the first addition of the New Business Welcome Kit, sent to businesses in the our Neighborhood Business Development Council (NBDC) service area and secondly as part of our marketing campaign, at the 9th Annual Auburn Gresham 79th Street Renaissance Festival, held on September 6, 2014.

Although we initially considered "SHOP SOUTH" to more of a marketing and advocacy campaign for our businesses. It was requested by the City of Chicago, as part of our NBDC workplan, to hold a "Shop Local" event. GAGDC is happy to annouce our second annual "Shop South" event, as a key sponsor for a pre-Black Friday event, this year we are collaborating with a housing partner for an exciting, Buy/Lease and Shop Local in Business nodes, combined with a Live (House) local campaign :

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


To foster and promote revitalization of the community by designing and implementing programs that improve the community’s economic viability; increase availability of quality housing to people of different income levels, while maintaining and improving existing affordable housing; and enhance delivery of social services, particularly to senior citizens.

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