ChiBizHub Set to Launch in Early April
“Chicago is full of the most innovative and hard-working business owners in the world. This initiative provides another tool for business owners to grow and scale their business.”
-Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Over 100 Chicago area small business resource providers have already signed up to help Chicago businesses. They have added their names and services on ChiBizHub, an innovative new web platform powered by SourceLink®, that connects expert service providers to Chicago’s fast-growing business community. The site that is preparing to launch in early April will be a one-stop, collaborative platform to help new and existing Chicago businesses accelerate their growth.
“Chicago is full of the most innovative and hard-working business owners in the world,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This initiative provides another tool for business owners to grow and scale their business.”
ChiBizHub will help businesses access a wide variety of services: legal counseling, accessing capital, and navigating the licensing and permitting process. Through the ChiBizHub platform, business owners can directly contact resource partners for assistance or utilize one of its “Resource Navigators.” “Resource Navigators” will work with business owners to identify the right provider based on need, location, industry, stage of business, and additional criteria.
“Small- and medium-sized businesses are the economic engines of Chicago’s neighborhoods. ChiBizHub ensures that these businesses can not only accelerate their own growth, but also that of Chicago’s thriving entrepreneurial community in total.”
-Andrea Zopp, President and CEO of World Business Chicago
“Entrepreneurs need different things, some need investors, others need counselors. Some require a different kind of industry expertise based on their region’s expertise and market. But all entrepreneurs need connections to help them build business—and create jobs,” said Rob Williams, director of SourceLink.
“Small- and medium-sized businesses are the economic engines of Chicago’s neighborhoods,” said Andrea Zopp, president and CEO of World Business Chicago. “ChiBizHub ensures that these businesses can not only accelerate their own growth, but also that of Chicago’s thriving entrepreneurial community in total.”
In addition to its targeted matchmaking between providers and businesses, ChiBizHub will provide guidance for licensing and management of a start-up enterprise, catalogue business-focused events across the city, and host a running blog series featuring Chicago entrepreneurs. The tool is free to use by business owners and free for resource partners to join.