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September 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

September 2023

OPENS: 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1

CLOSES: 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2

Informational Webinar

1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 | Register

October 2023

OPENS: 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2

CLOSES: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31

Informational Webinar

1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 | Register

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

1320 N Cicero Ave

5,500SF Industrial Building, $595,000 ($108/SF)


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.

Friday, 9/1 at 9:30 AM

Setting Yourself Up For Faster Payments and Better Collection of Your Accounts Receivables

Presented by Julia Jensen Smolka, Shareholder, Robbins DiMonte, Ltd.

In this webinar, the discussion will include contract basics and the language that should be included in any proposals, and information you should gather at the beginning of the business relationship. Additionally, discussion will focus on the steps to take during the engagement. If business relationship turns negative, discussion also will focus on the different legal options for collecting what you are owed.

Register for the 9/1 Webinar

Wednesday, 9/6 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.

Register for the 9/6 Webinar

Please email [email protected] with any webinar questions.


Visit BACP’s YouTube for all webinars.

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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.
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, September 2023

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