Our mission is to drive inclusive economic development and job creation, support businesses, promote Chicago as a leading global city, assist existing local companies with expansion, and help new market entrants connect, assimilate and get positioned for success.
Our vision is to make Chicago the most business-friendly city in the world by becoming a role model for inclusive economic growth, ensuring that all Chicagoans prosper through equitable economic development.
Guided by data, market intelligence, and trends, we are focusing on high growth sectors, accelerated by technology and innovation, from start-up to Fortune 500.
Food + Agriculture
Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
Health Care and Life Sciences
The World Business Chicago Research Center curates original content and data analysis on many facets of the city’s diverse economy. A monthly publication, Chicago Business Bulletin, digs into specific sectors realizing significant growth to identify how Chicago’s inherent strengths and attributes, coupled with tech and innovation, are driving expansion and growth.
Driving inclusive growth and opportunity for Chicago’s thriving tech, innovation, and start-up ecosystem, with the support of WBC’s Innovation & Venture Council of 300+ local leaders. Flagship programs include: the Chicago Venture Summit series, Startup Chicago, ThinkChicago, and Venture Engine led by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC).