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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:

June 2019 Business Education Workshop

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.
Click here to view full monthly calendar 

July 2019 Workshop Calendar

7/3 Everything You Need To Know About Business Insurance
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805         
Presented by Sandra Cavato Insurance Agency
In this session, attendees will learn the coverages needed for their business. We'll discuss the right questions to ask your insurance professional and how to protect yourself and your business against lawsuits.
7/5 No Workshop Due to 4th of July Holiday
7/10 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.
7/12 A Simple Recipe for Social Media Success
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 11th Floor, Room 1103 
Presented by Stephanie Walters, MBA, Blue Top Marketing
As a small business, social media is overwhelming and often feels like you’re just spinning your wheels. You have to figure out where to be, how to be engaging, and how to get results—all with a limited amount of time and resources. That’s why in this session we’ll provide a recipe for social media that saves time and gets results to grow your business. You’ll learn how to choose the right social networks for your business, the 15-minute social media plan and getting started in the pay-to-play world of social media.
7/17 Get Capital for Your Small Business with Kiva and Accion
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 8th Floor, Room 805                  
Presented by David Johnson, Accion & Ryan Holland, 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.
7/19 Recognizing and Protecting Your Company’s Trademarks, Patents, Trade Secrets, and Copyrights
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. La Salle Street – 11th Floor, Room 1103
Presented by Patrick J. Smith, Partner, registered patent attorney at Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd.  
Learn the basic differences between copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets and the assets they protect. Knowing the differences will help you to take the right steps and make the right decisions to protect your company’s intellectual property assets. 
7/24    How To Use Facebook Live And Other Streams To Build Your Business
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St – 8th Floor, Room 805 
Presented by Jackson DeLisle, Social Jack
Video has proven to be the best method to increase engagement, over 10x more response than regular text and images! Now we have Instagram, YouTube, Facebook LIVE Streaming and others, even LinkedIn is getting in on the action, and Jackson will share his team’s best video and streaming techniques and case studies. Social Jack™ has produced and worked with over 2,000 videos and streams as it relates to Social Media. He will share how they use multiple stream options to test and feed video content for quick use, test and conversion. Then once those streams are over, it’s time to turn those videos into a campaign. You will leave with an easy to follow overview of their process so that you can implement and enjoy the rewards of live streaming and video conversion. In this session, you’ll leave with tips to kick up your live stream attendance, how to setup and use Facebook LIVE, steps to optimize your YouTube Channel, easy to follow production steps , hacks to quickly convert your video to a campaign, how to leverage team’s members and influencers and a simple checklist to put this into practice. 
7/26 The Business of Entrepreneurship
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. – 11th Floor, Room 1103
Presented by Vincent Williams , Director of Business & Entrepreneurship - YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Starting a business is not easy. It takes commitment, dedication, support and follow thought. Join us in the workshop to learn our top tips for startup success.
7/31 Tobacco Retailer Training
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St – 8th Floor, Room 805 
Presented by City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) 
How does Business Affairs and Consumer Protection license and regulate the sale of tobacco products in the City of Chicago? Learn from the BACP experts who issue licenses and enforce the tobacco ordinances and rules.
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.
Click here to view full monthly calendar 

** 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


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