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.
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee was founded in 1969 as a group of civil rights lawyers and advocates working to secure racial equity and economic opportunity for all. Our vision is to root out and dismantle deeply entrenched systems of discrimination, racism, and economic oppression by using the power of the law to give voice to those most impacted by these civil rights issues. Areas of assistance include:
- Education Equity
- Equitable Community Development and Housing
- Legal Help for Nonprofits and Small Businesses
- Voting Rights and Civic Empowerment
The regional, state-certified destination sales and marketing organization covering Chicago's North Shore including the communities of Evanston, Skokie, Glenview, Northbrook, Winnetka, Glencoe, Prospect Heights and Wheeling. Assist individual and groups plan leisure and business/conference travel to enhance economic vitality of the area. Comprehensive website with area information: www.visitchicagonorthshore. Residents and visitors can request free visitor guides and maps and receive a monthly email of area activities. Complimentary sourcing for social and reunion events.
1880 Oak Avenue, suite 301, Evanston, IL 60201
coLab Evanston provides shared working space for companies, individuals, and organizations. We are a member-only community, driven by the need for collaboration and interpersonal interaction in a work-centered environment.
coLab is ideal for individuals or teams who are tired of working from a home office or public, coffee-shop environment.
Commercial composting company offers weekly or biweekly pickup service. At a commercial site, anything that was once alive, including animal products and food soiled paper, can be composted.
Members-only workspace for creative professionals, graduate students, and entrepreneurs; fully-equipped for individual work with quiet zones and collaboration areas. Several monthly membership fee options. Non-members can reserve our conference room or lounge area for an hourly rate.
Focuses on funding research that will advance patient care, and help develop and retain tomorrow's teachers and clinical leaders in the specialty. Offers career development, fellowships and grant awards that are intended to advance the early research careers of individuals in dermatology and cutaneous biology.
Helps employees improve their English communication skills and understanding of U.S. culture so that they excel in their professional and personal lives. Customizes on site ESL instruction programs for companies in Evanston, Skokie and Chicago.
Private lessons are also available, using a one on one assessment to determine areas where work is most needed. A curriculum is individualized for each student.
Non-profit which promotes reduction of waste in landfills through sustainable deconstruction and renovation building practices. Contractors, building owners and residents may donate used or surplus construction materials which can be purchased for reuse at reduced prices by local residents and contractors. Revenue from the sales funds workforce job training and community education.
Not-for-profit business incubator dedicated to supporting the growth of very early stage science and technology-based businesses. Offers business support services: consultants, legal help, office space and equipment.
LEND is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides business plan workshops, microloans and consulting services to entrepreneurs in the Evanston community. Loans of $500 to $10,000 are made to Evanston-based entrepreneurs who do not qualify for traditional bank loans due to a lack of credit or insufficient assets. LEND also works with the City of Evanston's Entrepreneurship Support Program, targeted towards minority and women entrepreneurs. LEND’s goal is to encourage the development of innovative businesses that enrich the Evanston community. Start the loan application process, by filling out the initial loan interest form.
Loyola’s Business Law Clinic provides pro bono legal representation to Illinois for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Types of matters the Business Law Clinic handles include:
Entity formation counseling (i.e., choosing between C corporations, S corporations, benefit corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, joint ventures, and sole proprietorships)
Business formation instruction (i.e., incorporating, applying for federal tax-exemption 501(c)(3), registering as a charitable organization, submitting zoning applications, and applying for business licenses)
Financial and business growth counseling
Real estate matters (i.e., contracts and zoning)
Labor-related matters (i.e., employee contracts)
Document drafting and review (i.e., organizational, operational, and financial documents related to the business or organization)
While the legal services offered by the Business Law Clinic are at no cost, any filing fees are the responsibility of the client.
To apply to become a client, fill out form here.
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.
The City has a 25% Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, and Evanston-based business participation goal for all contracts of $20,000 or more.
National Able Network, Inc. is a nonprofit agency working to serve families and communities by bringing together businesses and qualified job seekers of all ages, income and skill levels.
Services for Job Seekers: Career Counseling, Family & Financial Counseling, Resume & Interviewing Workshops, Computer Skills Training, Basic Skills Development, Full Service Resource Centers, Temporary & Permanent Placement, Targeted Job Fairs, Youth Programs, Community Network Referrals
Services for Employers: Job Needs Assessment & Customized Programs, Training/Prescreening Candidates, Certification Programs, Full-Time & Temporary Employees, Ongoing Assistance, Government Employment Programs, Subsidized Training & Employment Programs, Job Development Programs, Community Referral Services
Mailing: 375 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
A nonprofit, student-based clinical program affiliated with the Bluhm Legal Clinic. Provides affordable legal services to entrepreneurs, start-up companies and nonprofit organizations; offers affordable legal advice on incorporation, trademark registration, copyright protection, and contract review. Sponsors annual Entrepreneurship Conference.
Everyone seems to be passionate about food these days - whether they are cooking it at home, producing it for sale, or just eating it! At NWC Food Incubator (formerly Now We’re Cookin’), a full-service entrepreneurial culinary space in Evanston, Illinois, we believe in enabling as many facets of this fascinating food world as possible in one facility. As the owner, I invite you to contact us - or more importantly - come cook with us!
Non-profit organization in which experienced professional business men and women provide free counseling to current or would-be business owners. Counseling appointments are available at the Evanston Public Library on Wed Afternoons and Thurs Evenings.
Appointments are required. See www.scorechicago.org for
online signup, or call the appropriate number below:
Non-profit offers assistance to start ups and established businesses. Workshop offerings on finance, marketing, business development and more.