Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council

The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) integrates social and economic development programs to meet the needs of residents of our neighborhood and the greater Southwest Side.


The BYNC manages four Special Service Areas (SSA # 7, 10, 13 & 39) and serves as a delegate agency for the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and the Department of Planning and Development (DPD).  We currently offer the Neighborhood Business Development Center program through BACP and the Retail Thrive Zone program through DPD.  Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur or a current business owner, the BYNC can assist you with all your business needs.

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Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review
  • Site Location Assistance

Events and Community Building

  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Grant Funding
  • Loans
  • Microloans
  • Technology Grants

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Recruiting
  • Workforce Incentives
  • Workforce Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Placement
  • Student Research Projects
  • Student Training

Libraries and Research

  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Recruiting Assistance

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Website Development


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • City Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business
  • Small Business Policy


  • Lease Review Assistance
  • Office Space
  • Retail Space
  • Site Location Assistance

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling

Technical Assistance

  • Coding Schools, Bootcamps, Classes


  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
Primary ContactSonya Eldridge
Address1823 W. 47th Street
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60609
Phone(773) 523-4416