Connect with the Uptown Business Center’s Free Business Services for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses!
The Uptown Business Center (UBC) is managed by Uptown United, and supports new and existing business owners and entrepreneurs within the East-West boundaries of Lake Shore Drive to the Chicago River, and North-South boundaries of Lincoln Park to Rogers Park. Whether you’re in the idea stage of your business or a long-standing business owner, the UBC provides a suite of free business services!
Sign up for a free UBC Business Consultation today for a wide range of free services including:
- Licensing Assistance: choosing and applying for the best license for your business, meeting zoning requirements, securing a liquor license, and more.
- Permitting Assistance: applying for and renewing sidewalk cafes, sign permits etc.
- Funding Resources: locating traditional and non-traditional financial resources including webinars, connections to local institutions, and the latest local and federal grant/loan information.
- Sector-Specific Support: industry events, trainings, webinars, networking opportunities.
- Connecting with your local Chamber of Commerce for additional support in marketing, neighborhood events, networking, and more.
Consultations are provided virtually, by phone, or in person based on your preference. Learn more about how the UBC can support you by signing up for a free UBC Business Consultation, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 773-878-1064.
CHECK OUT OUR LATEST NEWSLETTERS!
August 3 Newsletter: Funding Opportunity! Cook County Source Grant and SBIF
August 21 Newsletter: Source Grant EXTENDED, Free August Events, AAPISTRONG Grant Opportunity
September 18th Newsletter: Accessing Capital for Your Small Business
Upcoming Business Resource Events
Money Smart with Wintrust Bank: Financial Management
Thursday, September 28th| 1-2PM | Coffee, Hip-Hop & Mental Health, 1051 W Belmont
Join the Uptown Business Center and Wintrust Bank Uptown at Coffee, Hip-Hop & Mental Health at 1051 W Belmont for a free training as part of the Money Smart Program on Financial Management. This training will cover budgeting, bookkeeping, and financial statements to help with financing your small business. The training will also provide tools and best practices for financial management for your small business.
Access to Capital Workshop with Women’s Business Development Center
Tuesday, October 10th| 2:30-3:30PM | Haitian American Museum of Chicago, 4410 N Clark St
Join the Uptown Business Center and the Women’s Business Development Center for a free Access to Capital workshop! Learn how to get your business capital ready and how to expand capital access through alternative lending. The presentation will also cover funding opportunities for your small business and community-based lending with Kiva’s 0% interest microloans.
These presentations and resource packets cover small business resources and information presented at UBC events. Sign up for a free UBC Business Consultation today to learn about other resources for your businesses and to receive personalized support!
Summer Funding Opportunities!
Learn more in our recent newsletter – August 3 Newsletter: Funding Opportunity! Cook County Source Grant and SBIF
SMALL BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT FUND (SBIF)
SBIF provides grant funding for permanent building improvements and repairs across the city. SBIF applications are submitted during monthly rollout periods for individual TIF districts and participants can receive grants to cover between 30-90% of the cost of remodeling work with a maximum of $150,000 for commercial properties.
Learn more about eligible expenses and business eligibility here.
See the full SBIF rollout calendar here.
The SBIF application must be submitted to DPD’s program administrator, SomerCor. For additional program information or application assistance, visit the SomerCor website at www.somercor.com/sbif.
Uptown Business Center Partners
In total, there are 8 community Chicago Business Centers located throughout the city. Services are free. Visit chicago.gov/cbc or click here for more information. The UBC provides assistance with licensing, permitting, and additional specialized business services in collaboration with the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), local Chambers, and community partners.
Within the map of Lake Shore Drive to the Chicago River, and North-South boundaries of Lincoln Park to Rogers Park, the Uptown Business Center works collaboratively with the following partners: