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Chicago launchs new incentive for business


The City of Chicago’s Small Business Center (SBC) has partnered with The PrivateBank to make entrepreneurs who complete the city’s Business Start-Up Certificate Program eligible to apply for low-interest and no-fee loans through the bank’s Entrepreneurial Loan Program. The city’s free certificate program is designed to educate business owners and entrepreneurs on the essential elements of opening and growing a business.

 “This is another incentive the City of Chicago offers to encourage business owners and entrepreneurs to attend these informative and beneficial workshops,” said BACP Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek. “We want Chicago business owners to have ample educational resources to maximize their bottom line and eliminate costly mistakes.”

 Business Start-Up Certificate Program participants must complete a curriculum of business education workshops, which consists of nine workshops that must be completed within six months of attending their first workshop. The first session will run from January 2016 through June 2016 and the second session is from July 2016 through December 2016.

 Program participants who complete the curriculum will now qualify to apply for The PrivateBank Entrepreneurial Loan. This low-interest, no-fee loan can range from $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000 for new businesses and $25,000 for businesses with one-year of filed tax returns. All financing decisions are made by the bank.

 “The PrivateBank is committed to creating opportunities for small business owners who make important financial impacts in their communities,” said Larry D. Richman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The PrivateBank. “We know two things that make entrepreneurs successful are good business training and access to capital. We are pleased to work with the City of Chicago Small Business Center to ensure small business owners in the city have access to both.”

 The SBC hosts free workshops every Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning in Room 805 at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago.  All workshops hosted by the SBC are free and open to the public. To access the 2016 workshop calendar click here.  The SBC shares all workshop dates, times, topics and presenters on our social media platforms; Twitter at @ChiSmalliz, Facebook at /ChiSmallBiz, Pinterest at ChicagoBACP, and Instagram at ChicagoBACP.

 To register for a workshop or for more information, call 312.744.2086 or email [email protected]. Learn more about the Small Business Center programs, workshops and expos by visiting, www.cityofchicago.org/SBC.