• Guide to Starting Your Business in Berwyn

  • Berwyn is Open for Business

  • The BDC markets the City of Berwyn as a dynamic and diverse business and leisure destination. We are here to promote Berwyn’s energy and culture to visitors and residents and to create unique development opportunities for business. Our team of economic development professionals provide services to existing companies, companies considering Berwyn for the first time and startup enterprises.

    Contact Kendra Shaw at (708)749-6587 or kendras@berwyn.net to learn more about our suite of personalized services for your company. The BDC works with potential Berwyn businesses as well as Chamber members.

    Planning/zoning assistance

    BDC staff will assist you in determining if you will need to apply for a variance, rezoning, planned unit development status or other entitlements from City government. We will also aid you in complying with the City’s plans, design guidelines and other planning goals.

    Guidance with City entitlements, permitting & licensing

    BDC staff will walk you through every step of the process. We will accompany you in meetings with City officials to assist you in obtaining all necessary permits and entitlements so your business can open on time or expand to meet the growth of your customer base.

    Developing a business plan

    The BDC has partnered with SCORE Chicago to help you prepare a business plan that will guide your venture to new heights.

    Business seminars

    We offer regular trainings on issues important to business owners, including marketing, customer service, financial planning and more.