• Diversely Owned Business Resources


    The Berwyn Development Corporation strives to empower all businesses to achieve the highest level of success and thereby help to create the strongest possible local economy. We identify that there are many barriers that minority-owned businesses face in achieving this goal. As a result, the BDC has developed programs and partnerships with community organizations to assist minority-owned businesses. The first step that one can take in supporting this initiative is identifying one's self as a minority-owned business.


    Berwyn Development Corporation se esfuerza por capacitar a todas las empresas para que logren el más alto nivel de éxito y, por lo tanto, ayudar a crear la economía local más sólida posible. Identificamos que existen muchas barreras que enfrentan las empresas propiedad de minorías para lograr este objetivo. Como resultado, el BDC ha desarrollado programas y asociaciones con organizaciones comunitarias para ayudar a las empresas propiedad de minorías. El primer paso que se puede dar para apoyar esta iniciativa es identificarse como una empresa propiedad de minorías.

    Necesito apoyo para mi negocio. Contacto: Erikao@berwyn.net o 708-749-6583



  • National Black Business Month

    The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (DCEO - OMEE) hosted a series of webinars to celebrate National Black Business Month in August.

    While many of these seminars have taken place, there are a few still open:

    • *August 13th - Doing Business w/ Government: Fostering an inclusive and competitive business environment that will help Black Business Enterprises increase their capacity, grow revenue, and enhance credentials. Access Recording

    • *Aug 20th - Black Business Lending: Access to Capital & Tax incentives: How Black Businesses can access financial resources and tax incentives to scale and grow a sustainable business that increases overall economic opportunity and growth in communities of color. Access Recording 


    • *August, 27th Federal and State Financial Resources for Black Businesses amidst COVID-19 and Civil Unrest: How Black Businesses can take advantage of federal/state COVID-19 grant/loan relief programs and rebuild damaged businesses post Civil Unrest. Click Here to Register 


    • August 31: A Vision for Your Brand – A conversation on branding and ensuring that entrepreneurs understand how to present and position their company in the best way possible. Click Here to Register 


    For information please contact:

    Diana Alfaro, Latino Business Development Manager (si hablo español)

    Matthew J. Simpson, African American Business Development Manager

    Ibie Hart, Woman’s Business Development Manager

    Tiffany T. Hawkins, Cannabis Loan and Grant Program Manager

    Contact the First Stop Business Information Center Helpline at: 1-800-252-2923.  Spanish speaking assistance is also available at that number.

    Follow DCEO on Social Media:

    Twitter: @IllinoisDCEO
    Facebook: @illinoisdceo
    LinkedIn: Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

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  • BDC's Women in Business Monthly Meetings

    It’s time to #LeanInTogether. The BDC’s Women in Business Group is founded on the belief that we are better together than alone.

    The Women in Business Group is Berwyn’s first and only forum for women in all levels of business. Expect lively discussion on issues that are important to your growth. Connect with other local professionals on a deeper level, learn new best practices and build comradery with other women conquering the same challenges you face in your business and career. Want to join an upcoming meeting? Email: DoloresH@berwyn.net