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Welcome to Empower

SBAC Empower is a 501(c)(3) established as a community-oriented nonprofit organization with a focus on small businesses in under-funded neighborhoods throughout the Chicagoland area.

We provide resources, mentors, and an open ear to any who wish to be an entrepreneur.

Small Business Q&A sponsored by Groupon

SBAC Empower, Groupon + the Woodlawn Chamber Of Commerce present an open Q&A session to answer your questions on starting a business. Opening a business and have a question on business usage, zoning, banking, etc? Already have a business and have questions? Listen in, and our panelists will answer freely.

SBAC Empower Sponsor - GROUPON!

SBAC Empower is pleased to partner with Groupon on our workshops focused on helping small businesses open brick-and-mortar establishments in underserved communities!  SBAC Empower/Groupon workshops include programming that pertains to navigating the process of zoning, licensing, and leasing space!

SBAC Mentoring Program

Are you interested in helping other people? Do you want to assist in the growth of a small business? Become a Mentor today!

 

The Mentorship Program

SBAC Empower's Mentorship Program is dedicated to helping Chicago's Small Businesses Grow.

If you wish to become a mentor or mentee, click the button below!

Small Business Resources

Our Resource Portal is curated to help small business owners find the articles, forms, or contacts to help them grow their business.

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