The Black Business Consortium of Evanston/Northshore (BBCENS) is a group of Black business owners who have agreed to come together to share resources, network, discuss common concerns, and to facilitate support among each other. Also sponsors annual Tour de Noir, a narrated bus tour that highlights Black-owned businesses located in all nine wards of Evanston, and publishes directory of local Black-owned businesses.
Membership in the Central Street Business Association is open to retailers, restaurants, services and businesses established on Central Street and neighboring streets. Resources are pooled for advertising and marketing. Hosts several special events throughout the year such as Retail Therapy Night, Summer Sidewalk Sale and Holiday Open House.
Newly formed group representing businesses east of Green Bay Rd. and the Central St. Metra Station. Plans events for this section of Central Street. Anticipates growth in the number of area businesses. Watch for website and additional information.
The Evanston Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to promote and grow business in our community. To that end, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce provides programs, services and leadership opportunities to help its member businesses thrive. The Chamber fosters a competitive business climate conducive to growth, prosperity and maintaining a high quality of life. Members represent the major sectors of the Evanston economy, including:
* Business and professional services
* Restaurants, food and beverage providers
* Real estate
* Technology and telecommunications
* Arts, culture and entertainment
* Hotel and travel
* Family, community and civic organizations
The Evanston Chamber of Commerce’s members embrace a commitment to advance not only the success of the individual company/organization, but also to enhance the economic vitality of the community. Member businesses acknowledge and embrace Evanston’s rich tradition of social conscience and of accepting responsibility for working collaboratively to improve and grow opportunities for its residents and community. Although the Chamber works closely with many governmental bodies, it receives no regular public funding. Under a progressive membership investment structure, annual dues are assessed according to the size of the company/organization.
Monthly Events are FREE to members and include:
* Networking Breakfast – 4th Tuesday of the Month, at a Member host location
* Evanston Growth And Entrepreneurial Group – 1st or 2nd Wednesday of the Month at Noon – Evanston Chamber Office
* Business After Hours – 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of the Month – at a member host location
* Evanston Women in Business Luncheon - 4th Thursday of the month – at a member host location- fee is charged at $20 to cover the cost of lunch
Evanston, Illinois 60204-5683
EMBCI is a organization composed of companies, real estate professionals and
tradesmen involved in the construction industry. The mission is to increase the
amount of jobs and contracts for their members and to provide training and other
learning experiences to improve the quality of the member firms and individuals.
A nonprofit, officially founded in 2010, to support and promote the community and improve local commerce on Evanston's west side. The area served falls between Wesley Avenue (east) to Hartrey Avenue (west) and Greenwood Street (north) to Lee Street (south).
Area west of Green Bay Road, bounded on the south by Simpson St., east of McCormick Blvd. Redesigned warehouses, factories and other buildings house arts-related and high-tech enterprises. New tenants complement the businesses, churches and residents that exist in the neighborhood.
900 Chicago Ave., Ste. 104
Community organization representing over 200 independently owned businesses in the Chicago/Dempster business district and the Main Street business district.