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Calling Chicago’s aspiring entrepreneurs

Are you a small business owner ready to expand into a brick-and-mortar storefront?

Would funding help you make that transition?

Learn about the opportunities presented through a collaboration between We Rise Together: For an Equitable & Just Recovery, the Small Business Advocacy Council, and Allies for Community Business, where we are helping provide knowledge and funding to qualified small business owners that wish to transition into a brick-and-mortar establishment.

This project will support the neighborhoods in Chicago’s south and west sides by presenting local businesses without physical space with opportunities to secure a brick-and-mortar establishment, connecting those businesses with property owners, providing coaching and information sessions to those businesses, and providing eligible businesses with up to $12,500 to support their transition to physical space.


Filling vacant properties give communities a better opportunity to thrive.


We are looking to connect Chicago commercial property owners with small business owners to fill vacant spaces.

727 W. 69th Street
764 W. 69th Street
760 W. 69th Street

If you are a PROPERTY OWNER looking to lease your vacant property to an established entrepreneur, click above to learn more.

If you are an ENTREPRENEUR looking to open a brick-and-mortar store in one of the targeted communities, click above to learn more.

Click above to learn more about the COMMUNITIES involved in the WeRise Together Project.

If you are a Chicago-based entrepreneur interested in expanding your small business into a brick-and-mortar establishment, please contact us using the information provided below.

Natalia Borowska

SBAC Community Engagement Specialist

(312) 548-8608

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