We're your advocate… World Business Chicago helps companies navigate the relocation and expansion process by uniting all the necessary parties and assuring that Chicago is the ultimate global business destination.



Chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, World Business Chicago (WBC) fosters private sector growth and jobs through the advancement of a business-friendly environment that attracts world class talent. WBC leads the city's business retention, attraction and expansion efforts, raises Chicago's position as a premier global business destination, and guides implementation of the Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs.


A not-for-profit economic development organization led by President & CEO Jeff Malehorn, and chaired by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, World Business Chicago advances the city’s position as a thriving location for business and accelerates economic growth. As a public-private partnership between the City and its business community, WBC’s Board of Directors is composed of prominent leaders who guide the progression of Chicago’s business environment.

WBC is responsible for the implementation of Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, a coordinated effort to assess and expand Chicago's economy. The Plan provides a set of goals, a framework for research and analysis, and strategies which are currently being implemented to foster regional growth.

Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) is also part of WBC. CSCI promotes Chicago as a global city, develops international partnerships and networks, and shares best practices with its 28 Sister Cities, located in almost every region of the world.

WBC is also home to the ChicagoNEXT council of technology leaders, a dedicated effort to drive business growth and opportunity in science, innovation and technology entrepreneurship.

WBC’s staff navigates the site selection process for companies by providing economic and industry data, state and local incentive information, and bringing together key parties to spur economic growth.

As a liaison between the public and private sectors, WBC works closely with Mayor Emanuel’s Office, the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP), and the State of Illinois’ Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in addition to numerous other partner organizations throughout the region.

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