Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE)

CASE acts as a catalyst to create inclusive economic growth by leveraging the buying power of anchor institutions, such as hospitals and universities, to collectively impact Chicagoland neighborhoods.

Chicago is home to many major institutions and corporations that require a strong base of goods and service suppliers, from paper and pens to legal services and technology. Creating a strong business-to-business supplier network locally not only supports the success of these institutions, but also strengthens the economy, making the region a more attractive place to do business.

Firms providing business goods and services are located throughout Chicago-area neighborhoods. Focusing on the high volume of business-to-business transactions at major institutions can help strengthen local firms, increase community and neighborhood vitality, generate jobs, and help grow the regional economy.

CASE Business Network Snapshot

$3.6 MM average annual revenue

71% are minority-owned firms

61% located in Chicago
15% located in Cook County

34% are in professional services industry
42 full-time employees in average

Top Categories of CASE Business Network

Computer Systems Design and Related IT Services
Management Consulting Services
Medical Equipment & Supplies Merchants/Wholesalers
Exterminating and Pest Control Services
Staffing and Executive Search Services
Architectural Services

CASE Marketing Pitch Day, December 2019









Opportunities for Engagement

CASE is accepting new anchors
from the private, public,
and nonprofit sectors
to complement the existing anchor network.
Please contact us for more information.