The City of Chicago’s Small Business Center on the eighth floor of City Hall is up and running. City leaders are touting the new space as a “one stop shop” for entrepreneurs looking to establish in Chicago.
Previously, entrepreneurs had to wind their way through various satellite offices in a bureaucratic maze to obtain permits. Now, several departments that serve small Chicago businesses are all under one roof.
Heading up the new center is Roxanne Nava, formerly of Northern Trust where she was responsible for small business financing, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
“Small businesses need to be focused on their customers, not City Hall, ” says Nava.
She hopes the new center will reduce redundancy and cut down on red tape for business owners. ❒