Eighteenth Street Development Corporation

ESDC will work with businesses to empower them to grow. It will also work to attract fast growing businesses by leveraging the community's assets: an ideal central location, rich in culture and arts, delicious food/restaurants, a close proximity to world class universities and medical district, in a Hubzone, with resources like TIF, SBIF, and Federal Empowerment programs. ESDC has served the Pilsen community on the Lower West Side of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois for over 40 years and hopes to add to its legacy.

About

Economic Strategies Development Corp (ESDC) formally Eighteenth Street Development Corporation envisions Pilsen and the Lower West Side of Chicago as a vibrant center of sustainable commercial and industrial activity, offering safe modern housing, and a diversity of employment opportunities. The ESDC will work with businesses to empower them to grow. It will also work to attract fast growing businesses by leveraging the community's assets: an ideal central location, rich in culture and arts, delicious food/restaurants, a close proximity to world class universities and medical district, in a Hubzone, with resources like TIF, SBIF, and Federal Empowerment programs. The ESDC has served the Pilsen community on the Lower West Side of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois for over 40 years and hopes to add to its legacy.

Services

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
  • Incubator

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Diversification
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
  • Tax Services
  • Valuation

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast
  • Lease Review
  • Revitalization
  • 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
  • Government Funding
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loans
  • Microloans
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Revenue Based Financing (i.e. factoring)

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Hiring and Firing
  • Insurance
  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Workforce Training

Import and Export Assistance

  • Networking/Exploring Exporting

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Forming a Business
  • Lease Review

Management Issues

  • Recruiting Assistance

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Market Research

Mentoring

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

Networking and Associations

  • Home Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Accounting
  • Technical Services

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • City Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • State Business Issues

Space

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Lease Review Assistance
  • Office Space
  • Retail Space

Starting a Business

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Industrial Technology Research

Training

  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactAlex Ruiz
Address1843 S Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone(312) 733-2287