We leverage UChicago’s financial resources and expertise to foster entrepreneurship and create economic opportunities for community residents and local businesses.
UChicago builds strong economic partnerships throughout our communities. As the largest employer on the South Side, we are committed to making a strong contribution to the South Side's prosperity by working in partnership with small businesses and community organizations in our surrounding neighborhoods to connect people with jobs and contracting opportunities, both here at the University and throughout our network of vendors.
We support local small business owners and entrepreneurs through faculty- and student-led workshops and programs that help them to launch and grow. We also partner on workforce development initiatives that help individuals build the skills that employers value most.
Through investments in community health, education, business and workforce development, public safety, economic development, and arts and cultural enrichment, we are building broad, enduring partnerships with our South Side neighbors.
Polsky Small Business Circles connect entrepreneurs during challenging times
After the Polsky Center launched a virtual Small Business Bootcamp to help business owners take action on pressing issues during the pandemic, Small Business Circles were born to give entrepreneurs a place to converse and connect with each other.
Addressing community needs in the context of coronavirus
To address the public health crisis caused by COVID-19, the UChicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center Office of Community Engagement and Cancer Health Equity (OCECHE) sprang into action.
13th Flow Fitness Studio
Akinwale is the owner of 13th Flow fitness studio, one of 182 small businesses to receive a COVID-19 small business bridge grant from the University of Chicago.