Bethel New Life

Bethel’s mission is to create opportunities for individuals and families to invest in themselves by promoting policies and systems that help communities thrive. West Side Forward> is Bethel's strategic initiative to transform Chicago's West Side by substantially reducing poverty through workforce and business development to move 63,000 people into skilled work that can sustain their families.

About

Bethel’s mission is to create opportunities for individuals and families to invest in themselves by promoting policies and systems that help communities thrive. West Side Forward> is Bethel's strategic initiative to transform Chicago's West Side by substantially reducing poverty through workforce and business development to move 63,000 people into skilled work that can sustain their families. Bethel concentrates support 5 neighborhoods on Chicago's West Side: Austin, East and West Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and North Lawndale To achieve our mission, West Side Forward> focuses on four key areas:

-- Strengthening community capacity to benefit from investment

-- Creating opportunities to bring individuals and families out of poverty

-- Building a self-sustaining West Side economy this is connected to the larger regional economy

-- Supporting policies and systems that help communities thrive.

Services

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
  • Incubator

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast
  • Site Location Assistance

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
  • Pitch Events
  • Startup Drinks

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Loans
  • Microloans

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development
  • Policies and Templates
  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Workforce Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Leadership/Professional Development

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Manufacturing Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Market Plan Development and Training

Mentoring

  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Strategic Planning

Product Development

  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development
  • R&D Support

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Small Business Policy

Regulatory Compliance

  • Registration, Licenses and Permits

Space

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Makerspace / Hackerspace

Starting a Business

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

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Coding Schools, Bootcamps, Classes
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services

Training

  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactRoxanne Charles
Address4950 W. Thomas Street
Chicago, IL 60651
Phone(773) 473-7870 x139