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Business Resources

Both Uptown United and the Uptown Chamber of Commerce are grant recipients for the Neighborhood Business Development Center (NBDC) program as part of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP). Our organizations partner together to maximize resources geared toward enhanced  neighborhood small businesses and organizations support.


Monthly Mixers

The Uptown Chamber of Commerce hosts monthly Member Mixers to build community among Uptown businesses, nonprofits, and neighborhood groups. Attendees share referrals, learn from each other, and help strengthen Uptown’s local economy by facilitating the development of strategic partnerships.

Educational Workshops

The Uptown Chamber of Commerce plans and hosts several seminars and workshops each year. These programs cover topics from small business financing, property tax assistance, tourism training, commercial leasing, retail marketing, and much more.

Permits, Licensing, and Zoning

Opening a new business or looking to expand? Proposing a new development in the neighborhood? Uptown United & the Uptown Chamber of Commerce can guide you through these processes, offer feedback on your application, and connect you with the appropriate people to complete your project.

Introductions and Referrals

Not sure where to go or who to ask? Start here, and the Uptown Chamber of Commerce can connect you with the best resource or person to meet your needs.

Grant and Rebate Program Assistance

There are several small business grant and rebate programs available through the Uptown Special Service Area and the City’s Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF). Our organization can help those looking for significant improvements, install a new sign, or enhance the property’s security system. To learn more click here.

Business Advocacy

The organization works to advocate for its member businesses. Whether an organization is seeking a zoning change, or applying for a liquor license, the Uptown Chamber of Commerce works with local officials and government staff to ensure a smooth and successful outcome.

Business Location Assistance

For those looking for retail or office space, Uptown United & Uptown Chamber of Commerce offer access to a database of commercial properties, demographic and spending data, along with local knowledge to help find the right fit for your business or organization.

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