Neighborhood Business Development Center

North Branch Works is proud to be selected as a “Neighborhood Business Development Center” (NBDC) by the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP).  As such, we act as a liaison between the City of Chicago and local businesses to help welcome businesses to the neighborhood, assist with permitting, licensing, access to capital and help implement the City’s Neighborhood Small Business Growth Strategy. For more information, please see:Neighborhood Business Development Centers

For questions or to get more information, please contact Krista at or Froi at

Great News: NBW got awarded for “River Works Project” 
 As part of North Branch Works’ involvement (delegate agency) for the city of Chicago’s Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) , we won an award for # 1 in “Neighborhood Engagement” for our community engagement in the River Works Project, a plan for the former Finkl, Lakin, and Gutmman sites in the North Branch Corridor. This award was given  to us at the City’s end of the year award ceremony on Thursday, November 19th.  All 75 of Chicago’s Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) were encouraged to apply for one of four awards being offered this year. Award categories included: Neighborhood Engagement, Capacity Building, Resourcefulness, and Innovation. Congrats to all the orginzations who got an award! See NBW’s award below. For more info about NBDC’s, click HERE .  NBDC Award with City Staff                                  NBW Finkl Project Award

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Kiva Zip – Launched by world’s largest and first online lending platfrom,, Kiva Zip drives innovations in person-to-person lending by providing 0% interest loans up to $10,000 for small businesses and entrepreneurs. These loans are ‘crowd-funded’ by individual lenders on the KivaZip website. 
Kiva Zip utilizes a character based social underwriting process to help driven entrepreneurs secure funding. Leveraging on entrepreneur’s personal network as their character references, Kiva Zip connects entrepreneurs with dozens of lenders who can be potential brand ambassadors and customers to their business without the requirment of Credit Score and Business History. 
You can apply for a loan at or reach out to a Kiva Fellow at

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Link to City of Chicago’s website with information on Wards & Alderman: City of Chicago- Wards & Alderman

For information on available properties, please also  use the Site Selector page:  Site Selector

We are proud to support fellow local economic development organization, Local First Chicago,  in their efforts to promote local and independently-owned businesses.