As a means to strengthen businesses and build community, Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) engages in numerous activities, including: marketing, site selection, networking, and technical assistance to area businesses and entrepreneurs. Prospective business owners are encouraged to work with RPBA before opening their business in Rogers Park. We offer business plan reviews, access to market information and lender referrals and assistance with permitting, license and leasing issues.
RPBA members can meet with a small business expert from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce at our office. Must contact us to schedule in advance. The Small Business Solution Station offers free one-on-one business counseling for entrepreneurs. The Chamber leads aggressive public policy and business growth initiatives and create meaningful events and programs to inform, engage and connect members to each other and the community.
Not for profit financial literacy site that covers all aspects of financial life. The guide outlines the important things to consider before starting a business, and offers guidance on developing a business plan and securing funding.
GROW is a program of Rogers Park Business Alliance. It is an entrepreneurial training program and business incubator. GROW’s curriculum is designed to teach how to create, express and deliver the product or services customers and clients seek.
The Illinois Department of Commerce delivers impactful and efficient programs and services through the Offices of Business Development; Community Development; Employment & Training; Energy & Recycling; Energy Assistance; Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology; Film; Tourism; Trade & Investment; and Urban Assistance.
The Law Project of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights provides free legal assistance, education and training to community based nonprofit organizations, low/moderate income entrepreneurs and low-income first time homebuyers.
A sign permit from the Department of Buildings is generally required to place a sign on a parcel of land, a building, a structure or a place of business in the City of Chicago. You can visit the City of Chicago’s website to learn more about the process here. You can also take a look at the Guide to On-Premise Signs here.
RPBA is the only Small Business Opportunity Center (SBOC) on the northside of Chicago. If you are seeking access to capital to start a business, expand your business or grow your business, make an appointment today for a free consultation! Office hours are Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. please call to make appointment.
Sustainable Rogers Park gives you the tools and connections necessary to implement sustainable business practices including social, economic and environmental initiatives.
Small Business Administration is dedicated to providing support to small businesses across the nation. SBDC provides a vast array of technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.
SomerCor Founded in 1992 is a non-profit development company certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to originate SBA 504 loans in Illinois. One of the largest SBA lenders in Chicago, SomerCor offers a range of services to help grow your business.