Economic Opportunity and Entrepreneurship

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.


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Chicago Jobs Council Receives Urban America Forward Catalyst Grant
Sunshine Enterprises
Sunshine Enterprises Receives Urban America Forward Catalyst Grant
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