Who We Are

World Business Chicago is Chicago’s public-private economic development agency. Our mission is to drive inclusive economic growth and job creation, support business, and promote Chicago as a leading global city. Our vision is to ensure that all Chicagoans prosper.

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Advancing Inclusive Growth for All of Chicago

As a public-private partnership between the City and the business community, WBC’s Board of Directors is comprised of prominent business and civic leaders who actively guide the progression of Chicago’s business climate. Working in partnership with the City of Chicago, WBC strives to ensure that all Chicagoans can prosper and participate in the economic growth of our city.

With consistent efforts to nurture Chicago neighborhoods, foster the city’s burgeoning tech and innovation eco-system and remaining a leader in both site selection and foreign direct investment, WBC consistently creates opportunities for economic growth.

How we Work

WBC’s staff can help navigate 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 Lori E. Lightfoot’s Office, the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, the state of Illinois’ Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and many other partners throughout the region.

Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) is part of WBC. CSCI promotes Chicago as a global city, develops international partnerships and networks, and shares best practices with its 29 Sister Cities, located in almost every region of the world.

With the active support of the ChicagoNEXT council of 250+ local leaders, WBC’s innovation & venture strategy team drives inclusive growth and opportunity for Chicago’s rapidly-growing tech and innovation ecosystem through their portfolio of programs and initiatives. Their flagship programs include Startup Chicago, the Chicago Venture Summit, and ThinkChicago.


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