Small Business Improvement Fund

There are many programs and services available to small businesses in Chicago. This list is by no means exhaustive, and SomerCor 504, Inc. does not endorse any outside agencies. We provide this list as a courtesy.  If you are seeking resources or financial support for your small business, please contact the respective organization or program directly.

The following programs  and organizations may offer incentives, rebates, or support for renewable energy or energy efficient projects:


The following organizations can offer resources to early stage and existing small businesses:

  • Chicago Neighborhood Business Development Centers (“NBDCs”) are local chambers of commerce and business organizations that have a strong neighborhood network and coordinate efforts with local aldermen, the City of Chicago, and other community partners. NBDCs can help businesses with with start-up efforts, access to business financial resources, and business-to-business networking, among other services.
  • The Alliance for Industry and Manufacturing promotes industrial development and retention throughout Chicagoland and Northeastern Illinois by working directly with over 300 companies annually to help them coordinate and implement business solutions to issues they face.
  • The Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) provides support with business planning, financial management, debt and equity financing, industrial retention, business expansion and relocation, and worker placement and training. ICNC also assists companies in accessing grants and incentive programs.
  • The John Marshall Law School Business Transactions Externship Program provides pro-bono legal consulting for businesses: Contact Michael Scheslinger at (312) 386-2829 or 9schlesinger@jmls.edu.

We are always happy to connect small businesses with relevant resources. If you know of any other not-for-profit or government-based programs or support for small businesses that are available, e-mail jlewis@somercor.com.

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