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WBC is looking for small, Chicago-based, hospitality businesses

World Business Chicago (WBC) is the City of Chicago's economic development organization. WBC is looking to support diverse hospitality and live events businesses harmed during the pandemic through providing business and growth opportunities.


We have created a Request for Candidates (RFC) to find diverse, qualified vendors across Chicago that can serve hospitality needs for WBC.

WBC wants to create a vendor pool of small, Chicago-based hospitality vendors that would be interested in servicing corporate-style events.


  • We are currently looking for hospitality businesses (audio/visual services, caterers, event planners, event staffers, transportation, etc.)

  • Must be located in Chicago

  • Must be a small business with under 500 employees

  • Must have existed before March 12, 2020

  • Must have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e., closure dates, staff layoffs, significant revenue decrease, etc.)

How to Apply

  • Review Section 3 of the full RFC for submission requirements.

  • Email [email protected] with questions.

We encourage minority and women-owned and South/West-located businesses to apply!


June 28 at 3pm CT

World Business Chicago is hosting a live webinar on June 28 at 3 pm CT to discuss the Request for Candidates (RFC) and open call all for hospitality and live events vendors. The webinar will also be recorded and uploaded to our website.