Assessing Chicago’s Small Business Ecosystem

Report Overview

This report is the culmination of a year-long market assessment focusing on the opportunities and challenges facing small- and medium-businesses (SMBs) in Chicago, particularly those owned by women and people of color and those operating on the south and west sides of the city. The core research team included CRF and Next Street, a mission-driven consulting firm serving small businesses, nonprofits, and the organizations that accelerate their success. We would like to thank the sponsors of this research, The Chicago Community Trust, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Polk Bros. Foundation, who provided generous support and served as important advisors throughout the research process.

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