We leverage UChicago’s role as the largest private employer and purchaser of goods and services on the South Side to foster entrepreneurship and create economic opportunities for community residents and local small businesses.
We work to provide South Side residents a clear path to employment opportunities at the University, UChicago Medicine, and our vendor networks, as well as opportunities to grow and advance.
We are committed to helping local small business owners and entrepreneurs by offering intensive programs paired with student consulting support, as well as through workshops and mentoring led by industry experts.
Through investments in local businesses and residents, we are contributing to the South Side’s prosperity and building broad, enduring partnerships with our neighbors.
The art of revitalizing a community: Rustandy Challenge partners students with South Shore Chamber
Tonya Trice, executive director of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, has a vision of artisans sparking vibrancy in her South Side neighborhood — and a team of students from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business recently worked with her to help bring that vision to life.
New Polsky small business course helps entrepreneurs tap into the power of capital
Its first cohort of sixteen included restaurant owners, real estate agents, retailers, chiropractors, and clothing designers, among others.
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.