YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

The SBDC offers support in the areas of: Business plan development Financial and lending assistance (access to capital) Market research assistance Supplementary trainings through our Innovation Technology Institute (ITI) One-on-one counseling for business owners and entrepreneurs Childcare Business Training


Illinois Small Business Development Centers are located throughout the state and provide information, confidential business guidance, training and other resources to start-up and existing small businesses.


Services Include:

  • One-on-one business advice and management assistance. 
  • Assistance with the development of business plans. 
  • Help with accessing market information and the development of marketing plans. 
  • Assistance with accessing business financing programs. 
  • Assistance with financial analysis and planning. 
  • Access to business education and training opportunities. 
  • Specialized services in technology, innovation and entrepreneurial development. 

Please contact Brandon Evans (brandon.evans@ywcachicago.org) or Princess Gentry(princess.gentry@ywcachicago.org) to get started today!


Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
  • Incubator

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Forming a Business

Economic and Site Development

  • Tax Credits

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development
  • Policies and Templates

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • Home Based
  • Small Business/General

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Small Business Policy

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactBrandon Evans
Address6600 Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone(773) 496-5659