History

Created in 1999, as the Chicago One Stop Capital Shop, CCV was formed as a partnership between the Small Business Administration, Empowerment Zone, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the vision for the organization was to drive business growth in Chicago’s underserved communities through one-on-one business assistance.

Today, the core goal remains but our market has expanded to include businesses in low and moderate income areas throughout the region, as well as, women- and minority-owned enterprises. Our services too have grown beyond basic business assistance. We now offer financing and procurement services, including loans from our Neighborhood Transformation Loan Fund, as well as assistance through the Chicago Minority Business Enterprise Center.

Also, in 2008 CCV saw the need to offer our services to a community of businesses, in addition to businesses one-on-one. As a result, CCV began our Place-Based Initiative where we partner with community-based organizations to attract new businesses according to community priorities and provide support to existing businesses to ensure their success. By providing our suite of business services, including access to capital, collectively to area businesses, CCV aims to create a “business infrastructure” that can lead to the development of business associations and incentive programs to attract customers to a shopping/business district and reduce retail leakage in the community.

Since our inception, CCV has been able to offer our much needed services at little or no cost to our clients thanks to the generous contributions of our friends and partners. Join CCV in supporting Chicago's small businesses and communities by donating today.

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