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Illinois Coalition for Health Access

The Illinois Coalition for Health Access is a coalition of funded and non-funded assister organizations, government partners, community based organizations, and health care entities. The consortium presently represents 55 organizations servicing the wider Chicagoland and Chicago suburbs. The charge of the consortium is to: coordinates enrollment, events, and partnerships around the ACA; foster healthcare driven partnerships around the ACA; advocate for enrollment and ACA needed reforms and improvements for our consumers; create a professional workforce of assisters.

Maryland’s Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law: What Small Businesses Need to Know

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act allows employees to take time off from work to addresstheir health or a family member’s illness without losing a paycheck. This document is intended to help answer questions small employers in Maryland might have about the paid sick and safe leave law and its effect on small businesses.

National Association of Women Business Owners - Chicago

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Chicago empowers business owners to thrive through connection, resources and support. You will connect to decision-makers and build meaningful relationships, have access to business and procurement opportunities, and advance through collaboration, knowledge and best practices. 

NAWBO Chicago propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social, and political spheres of power. 

SomerCor 504, Inc.

SomerCor 504, Inc. is a non-profit development company certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to originate SBA 504 loans in the State of Illinois. Since its inception in 1992, SomerCor has grown to be one of the premier mission-driven small business lenders in the Chicagoland area and expanded its offerings beyond the SBA 504 program. SomerCor is a SBA Community Advantage lender in partnership with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative offering loans between $50,000 - $250,000.

JVS Chicago Duman Entrepreneurship Center

The Duman Entrepreneurship Center Loan Fund makes loans up to $15,000 to businesses who can demonstrate that the loan will help grow the business. These are 3-year term loans, with very low-interest rates and no penalty for early repayment. There is a low loan application fee and closing cost. The owners must personally guarantee the loan and the owners credit history will be reviewed.

Sunshine Enterprises

Sunshine Enterprises exists to help cultivate flourishing communities through empowering local entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, build sustainable lives for their families, and create new pathways to long-term economic self-sufficiency. We do this through providing training, coaching, and resources for business management and development.

Resurrection Project

The Resurrection Project’s mission is to build relationships and challenge individuals to act on their faith and values by creating community ownership, building community wealth, and serving as stewards of community assets.

Center for Economic Progress

The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) helps low-income, working families as a trusted provider of tax and financial services. Everything we do, from direct service to informing public policy, improves the financial stability of those we serve. 

CEP provides low-wage workers with free, high quality tax preparation and an alternative to paid tax preparers. We serve families who make less than $50,000 and individuals who make less than $25,000.  Based on these income guidelines, we can help one in three Illinois residents.