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We invite business owners* to apply to our formal application to join the ’23 cohort; the application deadline is January 16th, 2023, at 11:59 PM CT.

In tandem with the WBC’s Community Impact team, the Mayor’s Office, and other key partners, this program aims to challenge the access to capital gap and promote equitable economic development. This multi-phased program connects business owners to technical assistance, funding opportunities, and valuable resources to help scale their operations. The objective of this 16-week program, beginning late January 2023, is to prepare Black or Latino-owned businesses primed for growth to the capital necessary to take the next step to grow their business.

We invite business owners* to apply to our formal application to join the ’23 cohort; the application deadline is January 16th, 2023, at 11:59 PM CT.

Program Information

Access to Captial

Technical Assistance

Educational Workshops

Networking Events

The program’s first cohort of 2022 connected 11 business owners interested in scaling their operations with technical assistance resources and funding opportunities with the program.

Check out our 2022 recap video to learn more about the program and participants.

Participating Business Profile

Industry

Retail, light manufacturing or professional services

Annual Revenue

At least $250,000

Years in Business

At least 3 years

Growth Opportunity

Have identified clear development goals that require capital investment

Get Involved

We are accepting applications for our second small business cohort for 2023. Propel your business forward, and join the cohort of 2023.

We seek partners, sponsors, and vendors to work with us on the 2023 summit and for future events.

Our 2022 Sponsors & Partners

Presenting Sponsors

Additional Sponsors

Official Partners

About the CI Team

The Community Impact Team supports equitable economic development across the city’s South and West-Sides. As part of that work, we actively support the implementation of the Mayor’s signature INVEST South/West initiative, which you can learn more about here.

Contact Us

LaForce Baker
Vice President of Community Impact
lbaker@worldbusinesschicago.com

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