Chicago, IL – The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce The PrivateBank as the 2015 Presenting Sponsor of Small Business Chicago, the Chicagoland Chamber’s hub for small business.

“The PrivateBank is already dedicated to providing entrepreneurial training and lending to the small business community,” said Katie Hamilton, Director of Small Business at the Chicagoland Chamber. “This partnership enables us to augment and introduce these services to more business owners across more neighborhoods in the Chicagoland region.”

More than 99 percent of businesses in Illinois are small businesses, employing 2.3 million workers and accounting for half of the private sector workforce. More than 240,000 small businesses operate in Chicagoland alone.

“Small businesses play such an important role in helping to fuel economic improvement,” Larry D. Richman, President and Chief Executive Officer at The PrivateBank. “The PrivateBank is proud to provide funding to help turn the goals of these entrepreneurs into reality and foster community development.”

About the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Chicago features membership programs to cultivate skills and connections for local businesses and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Chicagoland Chamber, which provides free, one-on-one business consulting for entrepreneurs and existing business owners. The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is committed to making Chicagoland the most business-friendly region in America by enhancing members’ success through advocacy, member benefits and services, and actionable information. Serving as “The Voice of Business” since 1904, the Chambers leads public policy and business growth initiatives and creates meaningful events and programs to inform, engage and connect members to each other and the community.

About The PrivateBank
The PrivateBank is a part of PrivateBancorp, Inc., and delivers customized business and personal financial services to middle-market companies, as well as business owners, executives, entrepreneurs and families in all of the markets and communities it serves. As of December 31, 2014, the company had 34 offices in 10 states and $15.6 billion in assets. The company's website is