Organizations that OPEDC Works Alongside
Oak Park Partners
The Village of Oak Park
The Village of Oak Park manages business licenses, permitting, zoning, and health department/fire safety inspections.
OP-RF Chamber of Commerce
The chamber provides networking events, marketing support, an online business platform and community calendar, and much more.
Visit Oak Park
Visit Oak Park provides promotional assistance to Oak Park businesses to help attract visitors and tourists.
Pick Oak Park
Pick Oak Park was an initiative of the Village's Small Business Task Force created in response to COVID-19, to encourage local shopping and promote OP businesses.
Oak Park Public Library
Business District Organizations
Along with the Village-wide resources above, many Business Districts in Oak park have their own advocacy/marketing organizations. Click the logos below to be directed to more information about that particular District:
Other Non-profit Community Resources
Allies for Community Business
A4CB (formerly Accion Chicago) provides Small Business loans, free coaching, connections for purposes like licensing/procurement, and more. Their loans range from $500 - $100,000 and their underwriting does not consider traditional criteria like credit score and collateral assets.
Women's Business Development Center
The Women’s Business Development Center works with works with entrepreneurs to provide one-on-one consulting for start-ups through mature businesses. In addition, they have extensive programming and learning courses available. Female entrepreneurs can work with them to receive their WBE Certification.
Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council
The Chicago NMSDC helps minority entrepreneurs to receive their MBE Certification, and assists small business with Contracting efforts with institutional entities.