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November 2023

GNCDC is bringing you the latest community and business updates!

Home and Business Protection Program

The City's Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) provides rebates up to certain limits that cover the costs of outdoor security cameras, one year of cloud storage for video footage, outdoor motion sensor lighting, vehicle GPS trackers, and subscription costs. All Chicago residents, as well as business, religious, and non-profit organizations are encouraged to take advantage of the program. To participate, purchase an eligible device(s) on or after 6/6/2022, take a photo of the installed device(s), submit a completed application, and receive financial reimbursement. The program is first-come, first-serve. It will run through December 31, 2024, or until funds are depleted, whichever comes first.

SBIF Rollout Calendar

The Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) opens for grants each month in various TIF districts across Chicago. The program's three-year funding plan, adopted in December 2020, currently runs through 2023.

Eligible businesses must submit their application during the month-long application window for their TIF district to qualify for funding. To find out if and when SBIF grants are available for your business, search the address on the eligibility page.

Upcoming Rollout Dates

November 2023

OPENS: 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1

CLOSES: 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30

Informational Webinar

1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 | Register

December 2023

OPENS: 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1

CLOSES: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024

Informational Webinar

1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 | Register

Property for Sale or Lease


2321 N Keystone Ave

16,307 SF of Industrial Space Available in Chicago, IL


Full Property Details

Commercial and Industrial Program

The Commercial and Industrial Program provides energy efficiency rebates, resources, expert support and project management for customers. No matter your type of operation, the program team can help your business reduce its energy use. Our team can identify energy-saving opportunities customized for your business.
There are many ways for you to save, including:

  • Free energy-saving products for qualifying customers
  • Custom and prescriptive project rebates
  • Energy studies
  • Expert support

Industrial Strategic Energy Management

By focusing on people and processes rather than just equipment upgrades,,ComEd's Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program motivates employees to consider behavioral and operational changes that lead to long-lasting energy savings without significant capital investments! The program includes a year-long series of workshops and coaching sessions focused on identifying and implementing operational and behavioral changes. Energy models are created for selected sites to monitor energy performance over the program year.
Energy Savings Through Engagement

SEM helps clients achieve energy savings by engaging the entire facility. The process is designed to:
  • Establish organizational commitment
  • Plan and implement energy efficiency best practices and projects, from no-cost opportunities to larger capital investments
  • Measure, monitor, and report on savings
In addition to the direct cost savings from reduced energy use, ComEd also offers various incentives for participating companies.

Wednesday, 11/1 at 3:00 PM 

City Inspections - Ask Questions, Get Answers

Presented by the City of Chicago

The Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection, Department of Public Health, and the Department of Buildings will provide insight on how operate a compliant business in the City of Chicago. Topics covered will include how to prepare for inspections, building permits and sign display requirements, food inspection overview and necessary certificates, and zoning review procedures. Learn how to operate safely and avoid common setbacks.

Entrepreneurial Certificate Category: Financing a Business, Business Planning, Business Operations

Register for the 11/1 Webinar

Viernes 3 de Noviembre a las 9:30 a.m.

Conozca su flujo de efectivo

Presentado por Alejandra Fajardo, Vicepresidente y Asesora de Negocios del Programa de Empresarios de Minorías de Chase for Business.

(Webinar will be presented in Spanish)

En este seminario virtual usted aprenderá conceptos básicos sobre el flujo de efectivo. Aprenderá algunas tácticas para maximizar el ingreso y minimizar los gastos para hacer que el efectivo trabaje para usted.

Entrepreneurial Certificate Category: Financing a Business, Business Planning, Business Operations

Regístrese aqui para el Seminario web del Viernes 3 de Noviembre 


Tuesday, 11/7 Webinar at 10:00 AM

'Tis the Season to be Cautious

Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)

As we approach the holiday shopping season, fraudsters are strategizing new ways to get their hands on consumers' money and personal data. In this webinar, you'll learn about protecting yourself from being scammed, both online and in-store.

Entrepreneurial Certificate Category: Business Operations, Legal, Elective

Register for the 11/7 Webinar 

Friday, 11/17 at 9:30 AM

Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

Presented by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) – Chicago Chapter

Join us to hear this panel about three successful female entrepreneurs tamed their inner critic as they realized their full potential. These ladies will share their challenges, their successes and the way that they stepped into their confidence to rise to the top.

Register for the 11/17 Webinar

Wednesday, 11/29 Webinar at 3:00 PM

Fund Your Startup into a Real Business

Presented by Score Chicago

Funding a startup can be a daunting, drawn out process. However, there are options available. Learn how to navigate through the process of financing your dream and decide which route is best for your business.

The webinar will go through real sources of capital and provide valuable financial projection tools.

Topics Covered: Start-up Costs, Micro Lenders, Family and Friends, Donation Funding, Angel Investing and Alternative Lending

Register for the 11/29 Webinar

Please email with any webinar questions.


Visit BACP’s YouTube for all webinars.

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

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Your donations are tax deductible! 
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.
GNCDC would kindly like to remind all of our members - that without your support we would not exist. Renew, Join Sponsor, Donate today!

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. 

Newsletter, November 2023

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