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D5 Design & Metal Fabrication LLC was established in 2012.  We moved to Logan Square in 2018 to a 12,000 SQF building in the Pulaski Corridor. In our shop we can work with all kinds of metals (Steel Aluminum, Bronze, Stainless Steel, etc.) and everything is custom made (Stairs, handrails, furniture, canopies) Our customers are usually general contractors, architects, or homeowners. D5 takes on all sized projects in residential, commercial or government and has several successful project completions through the city to our credit. We strive to bring our core values, expertise, and integrated client-focused team approach as we deliver value in each of our projects.
2020 was a difficult year for most. We were lucky that manufacturing/construction was exempt and considered an essential business.  D5 was allowed to operate during these testing times, however like most we made adjustments for Covid.  We followed the directions from the CDC, masks, washing hands and social distancing. D5 will continue to support other small business in the area when possible. 

Second Round of PPP Funding

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) opened the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), effective January 11. Businesses that did not receive a loan during the first round of the PPP are eligible to apply for a First Draw PPP Loan at participating Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).

On Wednesday, January 13, businesses that received a PPP loan during the first round are eligible to apply for a Second Draw via a CDFI. Shortly after that, the PPP will open for applications through all participating lenders, including traditional banks.
Click here for Overview of 2nd Draw PPP

Save the Date!
HR BRAINSTROMING Zoom Coming in March!

Calling all HR Generalists, managers and directors.  Human Capital is one of the most important  investments any corporation makes.  Come learn from other professionals. Share experiences and knowledge while supporting one another's challenges and successes.  Review the ever changing regulations and legislation that affect our staff at every level.  Set benchmarks for expectations and deliverables as well as enforcing accountability.  Review and update benefits packages, while mindful of the budget challenges we all face.  And of course, engage in the discussion about attracting and retaining the best talent possible.


North/Cicero SBIF Open Until Feb. 8th!

Small Business Improvement Fund applications must be received by January 31st, 2021 5:00pm Sharp.

The City of Chicago's Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) promotes economic development by providing small businesses with financial assistance for building-improvement costs. SomerCor is the program administrator contracted by the City's Department of Planning and Development for the SBIF program.

SBIF grants use local Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenue to reimburse you for the pre-approved repair or rehab of your business facilities or adjacent land acquisition. You must be located within a SBIF eligible TIF district. The maximum grant assistance for an industrial property is $150K; for a single-tenant commercial property the maximum is $100K; and for multi-tenant commercial property, it is $50K.

Grant funds are provided after an approved project is complete and all expenses are paid.

                                              Click Here for Application


City of Chicago Plow Tracker

Check street cleaning in real time with the City's Plow Tracker: One of the most recognizable images of the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation is its Snow Fighting Trucks plowing and salting city roadways during a Chicago snow storm. In fact, every time its full main fleet of Snow Fighting Trucks does just one pass of its entire route system they have traveled some 9,456 total lane miles


Property for Sale
6001 W Dickens Ave | Chicago

Well maintained Industrial building 

Price $1,000,000
756,00 sf of Industrial Warehouse Space
Zoning M1-2, B1-1

Metra 1 block away

Land site 15 acres

TIFWorks 50/50 Training Grant
Money Available for Hiring and Training

TIFWorks 50/50 is a small training grant available to eligible businesses located in authorized TIF districts. It is a matching grant in which the business pays for at least half of the eligible training costs. There is a short application with a quick review process. The maximum grant award is $10,000 to train existing employees or $15,000 to train new hires who are also Chicago residents. 

For more information please contact Caitlin at 773-637-2416 or email at

Long Awaited Northwest Industrial Corridor SBIF Opening in MARCH!

Applications will be accepted from March 1st, 2021-March 31st 2021.  The City of Chicago's Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) promotes economic development by providing small businesses with financial assistance for building-improvement costs.

Grant Money Available for Training!

TIFWorks stimulates business success by funding workforce-training costs for companies located in tax increment financing (TIF) districts. With TIFWorks support, businesses can become better equipped to improve performance and productivity, expand product lines and gain new customers.
Since 2008, TIFWorks has provided $21 million in TIF funds to 511 business for the training of 10,000 incumbent employees and the hiring of 1,100 new employees.
If your company is located in an eligible TIF district in Chicago, you can receive funding for workforce-training programs.
Your business benefits with training programs that can help you:
  • Develop and expand product lines
  • Adapt to new technologies and equipment
  • Comply with occupational or industry regulations
  • Expand into new markets
  • Promote growth and increase profit

For more info email

City Inspections - Ask Questions, Get Answers
Wednesday, 2/3 Webinar at 3:00 PM
Presented by the City of Chicago
To operate a successful business in Chicago you need to know what it takes to maintain compliance. Officials from several City departments will provide insight on how to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlight the do's and don'ts of operating a business.

Growing Your Business in Uncertain Times
Friday, 2/5 Webinar at 9:30 AM
Presented by Shelby Parchman, Managing Partner, InUrban Strategies
Growing a business can be challenging in the best of times and can seem almost impossible during the challenging times that we are currently facing. However, many businesses are thriving and experiencing strong growth in revenue. What is the secret to their success? It may be easier than you think. Join us for tips on how to develop growth sustainable and effective strategies for your business.

Click on the link to find out what ward your business is in.


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Without your support GNCDC would not have grown to be the great organization that it is today. It is through hard work and support from all the GNCDC members that we continue to make a difference and help grow our community. Membership dues help GNCDC provide the grants, events and programs that help members grow their businesses. Please pay your membership dues in a timely fashion. You can submit a payment online at your earliest convenience.
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Greater Northwest Chicago Development a delegate agency of the City of Chicago Department of Planning & Development serving the Galewood/Armitage, Pulaski and Northwest Industrial Corridors.  A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the  agency provides assistance and information about incentives and programs for building improvement and development, business retention and sustainability and workforce resources and training. 

Newsworthy January, 2021