On Monday, March 17 Mayor Emanuel announced that World Business Chicago is launching a program focused on matching neighborhood businesses with major Chicago institutions that have contracting needs.

The Mayor said the goal is to include about 20 of Chicago’s major employers in the program.

From Crain’s Chicago Business:

The program, Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy, hopes to match up the contracting needs for major institutions, such as the University of Chicago and Rush University Medical Center, with neighborhood businesses. 

Eight institutions have agreed to participate in the program, including utility Commonwealth Edison Co. and two governmental bodies, the city of Chicago and Cook County.

“We have a tremendous amount of purchasing power in the city of Chicago,” he said.

The program should provide quality training and networking opportunities and address barriers to growth for Chicago area small businesses.

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