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Cook County Small Business Source

The Cook County Small Business Source strives to support, grow and elevate small businesses, the backbone of Cook County’s economy. This program directly connects small business owners with expert guidance and support to take businesses to the next level. Cook County established the award-winning program to ensure that businesses emerge from COVID-19 intact and positioned for growth. A commitment to equity serves as the North Star for the program which provides access to government grants, loans and resources, and fosters growth for small businesses historically excluded including Black-, Indigenous-, People of Color- (BIPOC), Veteran-, Women-, LQBTQ+ and persons with disabilities-owned businesses.
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BACP ensures a fair and vibrant market place for both businesses and consumers. BACP licenses businesses and public vehicles, provides business education and access to resources, enforces the Municipal Code, and protects consumers from fraud. BACP processes business licenses, renewals and public way use permits.

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Start a new business or grow your existing business with expert advice, workshops and resources. If you are in the beginning stages of starting a business or looking to grow your current one, we can help.

The Illinois SBDC at WBDC’s Little Village office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm, and clients are seen by appointment. Our center can help with expert advice and guidance on business planning, financing, marketing plans, dealing with local government, and plenty of additional opportunities, including educational workshops and clinics.

  • One on one business advising
  • Financial workshops, loan assistance, and direct lending
  • Events and learning
  • Early child education entrepreneurship training
  • Women’s Business Enterprise certification
  • Capacity building to scale businesses to compete in the marketplace;
  • Customized business development services and support for veterans, childcare entrepreneurs, Latinas, and high science entrepreneurs;
  • Corporate and public sector procurement opportunities; and
  • Online business resources


Illinois Latino Small Business Partnership
The Illinois Latino Small Business Partnership, funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and powered by the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce provides assistance to small businesses to continue to recover from the pandemic and prepare for growth. Partners include: Aurora Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce, Greater Waukegan Development Coalition, Joliet Latino Economic Development Association, Little Village Chamber Of Commerce, Logan Square Chamber Of Commerce and the South West Collective.



To extend UNAM's academic programs and services to groups and individuals associated with or interested in its educational and cultural endeavors while promoting its global presence and better understanding of Mexico in the USA.


To strengthen the Chicago Campus as the leader in Spanish language instruction; act as the main promoter of academic advancement of Mexicans living in the area; reinforce the University's presence among higher education institutions in the Midwest.

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Neighborhood Opportunity Fund

Grants that help strengthen commercial corridors in Chicago's South, Southwest and West Sides.