Neighborhood & Strategic Initiatives

Advancing inclusive growth for all of Chicago

Neighborhood Strategic Initiatives supports inclusive economic growth and revitalization in Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods.

Key Initiatives

Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE)

Leverage practices from the city’s anchor institutions to support procurement for local small-and-medium-sized businesses in Chicago’s neighborhoods.


A free online portal built exclusively for small-to-medium sized business owners and entrepreneurs in need of resources to start, scale or accelerate their business in Chicago.

Workforce & Talent Development

Assists employers to eliminate barriers that prevent them from hiring and retaining employees in underserved and emerging neighborhoods.

  • Analyze employers’ hiring data to develop strategic workforce initiatives that attract, hire and retain qualified talent
  • Promote changes in policy and practices that remove barriers to employment and business ownership
  • Partners with workforce and education leaders to scale existing earn-and-learn programs and engage employers
Neighborhood Business Development

Collaborate with neighborhood development and community organizations to drive local business development and investment.

  • Supports City of Chicago initiatives
  • Promotes assets in neighborhoods to businesses and real estate professionals to increase amenities and revitalize commercial corridors
  • Empowers small-to-medium-sized business ecosystems by convening community, business and civic partners
  • Improves employment opportunities for residents of underserved neighborhoods and supports community investment for neighborhood-based employers
Small Business Center

Empowering businesses and protecting consumers.

Connect with us

Send us an email