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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


January 2020 Workshop Calendar

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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
1/1 No Workshop Due to Holiday

1/3 No Workshop Due to Holiday

1/8 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.

1/10 Business Licensing 101
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street – 11th Floor, Room 1103
Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP)  
Attendees will learn the 3 steps to obtain a business license and access free business resources to start or expand their business. 

1/15 Accounting in Quickbooks
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St – 8th Floor, Room 805
Presented by Trak Patel, ARCC Consulting
Learn how to keep your financial recordkeeping books using QuickBooks. We will identify the differences between QuickBooks Online vs. QuickBooks Desktop and list the important features and benefits.

1/17 Credit and Your Business
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street – 11th Floor, Room 1103
Presented by Annette Vega, CIBC Bank
This workshop will help the attendees understand the importance of credit, calculating their global cash flow, collateral and capitalization.

1/22 How To Really Start Your Own Business
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805         
Presented by Score Chicago
Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business? If so, what first steps should you take? This workshop will help you assess your prospects, give you the initial direction you need, and inspire you to move forward to realize your dream. Workshop topics include myths, business opportunities, assessing your journey, organization, insurance, regulations, funding and cash management, business and marketing plan.

1/24 Facebook and Instagram Posts: Take Your Posts to the Next Level
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street – 11th Floor, Room 1103
Presented by Francisco Ramirez, Chimbly Consultants, LLC
Have you been posting for some time, but struggling to reach or engage your audience? Are you confused by how the algorithms decide whether or not to show your posts? Participants of this workshop will examine Facebook and Instagram posts and compare what makes a post rise to the top and what knocks a post off news feeds. Participants will leave with tools to take their posts to the next level.

1/29 Resources for Women Entrepreneurs, by Women Entrepreneurs
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805
Presented by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) and Bossy Chicago
Are you a business owner tired of trying to search through all the resources that might benefit your business growth? There’s a lot of support out there for women-owned businesses, but it can be hard to find the right resources and community for your business. Join Bossy Chicago and the Women’s Business Development Center as they discuss the vast ecosystem of support services for women entrepreneurs. Participants will leave with a plan of action to start and grow their women-owned business.  

1/31 Access to Capital and Avoiding Predatory Financing
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street – 11th Floor, Room 1103
Presented by Geri Aglipay, The Small Business Majority
Learn about how to navigate safe financing options in Chicago to start and grow your business. Understand how to avoid predatory small business funding and where to go for free assistance. An overview of crowdfunding will also be provided.
All workshops are free and are located in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago. To register for a workshop e-mail 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:

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:

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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