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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.

Empower's Resource Page

Over the past two months, SBAC Empower has hosted a series of workshops both with the Woodlawn Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce. The recordings of these - as well as other useful resources - are hosed on our aptly named Resource Portal.

SBAC Empower Sponsor - GROUPON!

SBAC Empower is pleased to continue our partnership with Groupon on our workshops  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 SBAC Empower Impact Report

As of writing - Late November 2022 - we have updated our impact report with the astounding effects we have had on the communities we've helped so far. The full report is available for download on our media kit.

NRC Events This Week

By jake@sbacil.org | July 25, 2022

We Are Coming to Your Neighborhood! The Neighborhood Revitalization Coalition will be at local events this week promoting our robust agenda to revitalize, empower, and…

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REVITALIZATION IN THE NEWS: Hyde Park Farmers Market Opens Sunday!

By jake@sbacil.org | June 6, 2022

The Hyde Park Farmers Market will return to the parking lot behind the Hyde Park Bank Building, 1525 E. 53rd St., this Sunday, June 5.…

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REVITALIZATION IN THE NEWS: 51st Corridor Development

By jake@sbacil.org | May 20, 2022

Vacant land being transformed to a multi-purpose unit! A development duo on the South Side of Chicago is bringing more restaurants, retail and housing to…

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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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