• Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy

  • CASE is a network of prominent Chicagoland anchor institutions committed to collectively impacting neighborhood economic development through local purchasing, hiring, and investment.

  • WE WORK WITH

    ANCHOR

    INSTITUTIONS

    Collaborating with prominent organizations like universities and museums to advance community impact by connecting them with vetted local businesses

    SMALL
    BUSINESSES

    Developing opportunities for entrepreneurs in neighborhoods across the region by building capacity through advisory and workforce development services

    COMMUNITY

    PARTNERS

    Connecting business assistance providers, workforce development programs, and others with the CASE network to strengthen the local business ecosystem

  • WE HELP WITH

    PROCUREMENT

    Conducting matchmaking for vetted businesses and anchors contract needs by understanding demand, and sharing best-practices

    WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

    Partnering with workforce development agencies to prepare candidates for employment opportunities within anchors and their suppliers

    BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

    Assessing business' capacity to fulfill anchor contracts and providing advisory services, and/or recommending business and workforce development resources

    NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT

    Working with anchors to create action plans based on priorities within their geographic area of focus, and helping Inform processes by developing projects targeting distressed neighborhoods

  • OUR IMPACT

    Impact numbers since inception, including projected figures.

    443

    ​BUSINESSES
    ASSISTED​

    Resulting in new contracts between small businesses and anchors

    180

    JOBS
    CREATED​

    As a result of new contracts between small businesses and anchors

    $51.8

    MILLION
    IN REVENUE​

    Committed to small businesses through multi year anchor contracts

  • TESTIMONIALS

    “On a scale of 1-10, our experience has been a 10, maybe an 11. Everything that was presented about the program has been what we expected and more. CASE is a great initiative for small, local businesses in the Chicagoland area.”

     

    - Amy Van Howe (VP, West Fuels, Inc.)

    “Every business owner needs to remind themselves what they need to do to be great. CASE helped me refocus and reevaluate my strategy, and if I’m on the right path.”

     

    - Rey Rivera (President, CSI 3000)

    “The CASE sessions helped me navigate government entities and how to secure their business. It opened my eyes that small businesses need to approach government entities differently. Once I understood that, it ‘clicked’ on how to approach that type of contract.”

     

    - Laurie Kohl (President and CEO, The Elevator Consultants)

    “The CASE program gives Chicago businesses big and small an opportunity to work with each other. Many in Chicago have thought about how to do this in the past, but CASE brought this concept home.”

     

    - Jackie Dyess (President, Inner-City Supply)

  • OUR ANCHORS

    CASE is a network of sixteen prominent public, private, non-profit and cultural Chicagoland institutions.

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