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CANDO SERVICES

PLEASE NOTE: CANDO's services are available to MEMBERS ONLY. For membership information, go to the Become a Member page.

To access any of these services, contact us at info@candochicago.org, or call 312-372-2636, and we'll direct you to the staff person who can help.

SITE ASSISTANCE & PLANNING

  • Strategies to redevelop your local retail strip or industrial park
  • Brownfield identification, training, technical assistance
  • Geographic Information System maps of neighborhood sites
  • Project-specific planning and design services
  • CANDO Industrial Committee
  • CANDO Real Estate and Planning Committee

NEIGHBORHOOD MARKETING

  • Identification of retail development opportunities
  • Development of a marketing strategy for your neighborhood
  • Marketing of your neighborhood at national retail conferences
  • Access to dozens of area developers and retailers
  • Listing in our Member Directory, a resource used by local retailers, developers, and planners
  • CANDO Commercial Committee

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION SUPPORT & ASSISTANCE

  • Neighborhood Planning
  • Program Development
  • Seminars for Local Industrial Retention Initiative [LIRI] organizations
  • Organizational Development assistance- to help your non-profit form a board, develop a fund-raising plan, compose a redevelopment plan, locate consultants, etc.
  • Orientation to community economic development for new nonprofits and chambers of commerce
  • Outreach to members to solicit feedback on our services and support
  • Our monthly newsletter, LINK, listing conferences, workshops, grants
  • Best practice guidelines
  • The Human Capital Development Initiative, including employment seminars and an upcoming compensation survey
  • Membership Committee

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & SUPPORT

  • Microloans to small business owners in the City of Chicago
  • Information on Community Express SBA Loans and technical assistance
  • Training and assistance on small business issues, including marketing, accounting, finance, etc.
  • Information on our participation with the Small Enterprise Capital Access Partnership
  • Entrepreneurial identification and resource support training for Chambers of Commerce, Business Associations, and Community Development groups
  • CANDO CRA & Business Finance Committee

ADVOCACY SUPPORT

  • Intelligence on local and state public policy initiatives
  • Access to a 220+ member coalition of like-minded advocates on issues of work force development and economic development, including the Community Re-investment Act and the Work-force Investment Act
  • Participation in CANDO's advocacy efforts

A NETWORK OF CONTACTS & EXPERTS

  • Access to a coalition of experts, including 80 other neighborhood development organizations; over 40 banks; and over 100 architects, real estate developers, planners, retail brokers, public relation firms, and technical assistance providers.
  • Regional networking meetings
  • CANDO staff offers decades of combined experience in community economic development
  • CANDO's 20 years of experience and proven ability to link you with the right resources

This list will be periodically updated.
If you need help, but don't see a service listed here, contact us anyway: info@candochicago.org

we'll do our best to serve our members' needs.


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