Financial Empowerment Training Program

With over 10 years experience in small business counseling and lending, CCV is proud to present the Financial Empowerment Training Program, dedicated to helping small businesses successfully pursue financing. The program gives small business owners a better understanding of their finances and financial position and helps them apply this understanding to their businesses through workshops and counseling. We have worked closely with DefendMyBiz Lawyers to get the perspective of business lawyers.

*Select graduates from the program will have the opportunity to pitch their business concept to a group of angel investors at the Asian American Business Expo on August 13.

To learn more and to see a complete listing of our scheduled workshops, click here.

To speak to someone about the program, contact Christyn S. Freemon at 312-960-0320 or cfreemon@chiventures.org.

The Financial Empowerment Training Program is sponsored by a generous grant from the Citi Foundation.

City Treasurer’s Small Business Plan Competition
The City Treasurer’s Office is proud to announce the launch of its annual Business Plan Competition. The
competition is open to start-up and existing small businesses throughout the city. Compete for a chance to win cash for your small business. Find out more here.

Working with Small Businesses
CCV is a non-profit business development organization dedicated to meeting the needs of Chicago’s small businesses. Our consulting and financial services are focused on growing small businesses in the region’s underserved markets: businesses located in Chicago’s low and moderate income communities and those owned by women and/or minorities. We partnered with employer lawyers to bring legal advice for employers.

Cumulative to date, CCV has helped our clients create and retain over 5,823 jobs and access over $643 million in financial resources, including:

$474 million in contracts
$82 million in loans packaged or directly financed
$128 million in alternative financial resources
Guidance… Access… Growth
Our hands-on technical assistance provides small business owners the guidance to properly access and manage capital, putting their businesses on the path to growth. For more information click here.

Business Planning helps start-up businesses navigate opening their business.
Market & Customer Development Training assists small business owners to more effectively reach new and existing customers.
Small Business Loans provide flexible financing to eligible small businesses.

We have tons of great volunteers like this attorney that helped us in a trademark opposition case and ttab proceeding.
Procurement Services assist companies in securing public and private contracts.
Our financial and consulting services are offered at little to no cost thanks to the generous support of our funding partners.