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Organizations that OPEDC Works Alongside

Oak Park Partners

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The Village of Oak Park

The Village of Oak Park manages business licenses, permitting, zoning, and health department/fire safety inspections.

Phone: 708-383-6400

Email: business@oak-park.us

Village of Oak Park’s Covid-19 Business Assistance Grant Programs Have Paid-Out Over $800,000 to Licensed Businesses -  Over 200 Covid-19 business assistance grant applications have been approved by the Village of Oak Park, resulting in the pay-out of more $800,000 in grant money to small, licensed Oak Park businesses. Grant money is still available, especially to assist Oak Park businesses with the cost of current and past PPE expenses. As an example, if you have purchased masks, gloves, hand sanitizers, air purifiers, plexiglass dividers, sneeze guards and other PPE products, you may qualify to receive reimbursement for those items up to $2,500 per licensed business.  The Village is committed to continuing our ongoing efforts to assist small Oak Park businesses as we move through the Covid-19 emergency.  More information and application forms for Oak Park’s Business Assistance Programs can be found at www.oak-park.us/covid19grant .

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OP-RF Chamber of Commerce

The chamber provides networking events, marketing support, an online business platform and community calendar, and much more.

 

Phone: 708-613-0550

Email: info@oprfchamber.org

Visit Oak Park

Visit Oak Park provides promotional assistance to Oak Park businesses to help attract visitors and tourists. 

 

Phone: 708-524-7800

Email: info@visitoakpark.com

Pick Oak Park

Pick Oak Park was an initiative of the Village's Small Business Task Force created in response to COVID-19, to encourage local shopping and promote OP businesses.

Email: lkreindler@a5inc.com

Oak Park Public Library

The Oak Park Public Library (OPPL) offers free resources, extensive business tools, workshops, seminars, and mentorships with SCORE Chicago.

 

Phone: 708-452-3466

Email: BOptholt@oppl.org

Business District Organizations

Along with the Village-wide resources above, many Business Districts in Oak park have their own advocacy/marketing organizations. Click the logos below to be directed to more information about that particular District:

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Other Non-profit Community Resources

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Allies for Community Business

A4CB (formerly Accion Chicago) provides Small Business loans, free coaching, connections for purposes like licensing/procurement, and more. Their loans range from $500 - $100,000 and their underwriting does not consider traditional criteria like credit score and collateral assets.

Phone: 312-275-3000

Email: ydiazdeleon@a4cb.org

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Women's Business Development Center

The Women’s Business Development Center works with works with entrepreneurs to provide one-on-one consulting for start-ups through mature businesses. In addition, they have extensive programming and learning courses available. Female entrepreneurs can work with them to receive their WBE Certification.

 

Phone: 312-853-3477

Email: wbdc@wbdc.org

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Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council

The Chicago NMSDC helps minority entrepreneurs to receive their MBE Certification, and assists small business with Contracting efforts with institutional entities.

Phone: 312-755-8880

Email: lking@chicagomsdc.org