City of Chicago Resources

Deskpass – offers access to over 25 of the finest coworking spaces in Chicago with a single, affordable monthly membership.

Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) – Licenses, educates, regulates and empowers Chicago businesses to grow and succeed. Managed by the City of Chicago.

Chicago Small Business Center (SBC) – A resource for small business owners, founders and entrepreneurs in Chicago. Managed by the City of Chicago.

Built in Chicago – An online community for Chicago startups, entrepreneurs, and innovators.

Built in Chicago’s Startup Guide – Built in Chicago’s list of Chicago-area resources for startups, entrepreneurs, and small business owners alike.

20 Chicago Venture Capital Firms – Built in Chicago’s list of the top 20 Chicago-area venture capital firms.

Chicago Innovation Mentors (CIM) – Supports university-based and local new technology innovation ventures through the use of mentor teams.

Chicago Urban League Entrepreneurship Center – Provides African American entrepreneurs with the tools necessary to maximize revenue growth, profitability, job creation and innovation.

The Law Project – Strengthens Chicago area communities by providing high-quality, pro bono legal services to community based nonprofits and small businesses.

Creative Genius Law – A boutique business and intellectual property law firm for creative entrepreneurs, innovators and change agents.

Helm Business Law – Serves with start-ups, small businesses, and not-for-profit organizations by providing affordable legal services.

Accion Chicago – A nonprofit that helps communities grow by investing in people who build businesses and generate jobs in their neighborhoods.

SCORE Chicago – 130 mentors and consultants provide services from 30 locations in Cook, Lake and part of Will County.

UP Chicago – UP supports new ventures, provides resources for entrepreneurs, and connects the community.

DePaul University Resources

Top 7 Tips for ASK Mentees on Handshake – An ASK mentor is a professional who volunteers his or her time to network with DePaul students and provide advice and career insight.

Other Resources

Startup Stash – A curated directory of resources & tools to help you build your startup.

99 Designs Small Business Resource Center