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North Branch Works is the leading economic development organization along the north branch of the Chicago River. We service the North Branch, Addison, and Kennedy industrial corridors, working as a delegate agency of the City of Chicago with local businesses to provide economic development and employment services resulting in business retention and job growth.

For over 30 years, our local expertise and deep relationships have helped promote economic development and job creation. NBW emphasizes new growth, proper land use, and area revitalization through its business advocacy and innovative solutions.

Our commitment is to retain and expand businesses by providing an array of services such as financial incentives, infrastructural assistance, and local connections with like-minded business owners.

Please see this one-pager for an overview of the many benefits that come with NBW membership.

Business Solutions

  • Quarterly infrastructure task force meetings
  • Your business added to our membership directory
  • Access to several workshops and training for business growth
  • Real estate assistance

Connections to Resources & Services

  • Connections to banking, workforce development, and several other partners
  • Point person to communicate with the City of Chicago
  • Strong relationships with the Alderman
  • Advocacy on issues that impact business, zoning, infrastructure, security, regulation, and more

Access to Funding

  • Access to training grants
  • Hiring tax credit application assistance
  • Assistance for SBIF
  • Access to Small Business Loan of $500,000
  • Access to TIF funds including:
    • TIFWorks
    • TIF 50/50


  • Join our 125+ partners
  • Your logo highlighted in our weekly newsletter, sent to 1700+ local stakeholders
  • A highlighted member story in our newsletter
  • Networking events throughout the year, including:
    • Annual boat ride
    • Annual fall fundraiser
    • Annual membership meeting