Allies for Community Business

Accion Serving Illinois & Indiana is now Allies for Community Business. We’ve updated our name and strategies but our mission remains the same: we will provide the capital, coaching, and collaboration entrepreneurs need to grow great businesses in their communities. Learn more on our new website at


Allies for Community Business is a nonprofit that helps neighborhood entrepreneurs grow. We provide the capital, coaching, and connections small business owners need to create wealth and jobs in communities most in need throughout Illinois and Indiana. By partnering with entrepreneurs, A4CB offers a cost-effective way to support underserved communities. When small businesses thrive, jobs are created, and investment into the community increases.

Services Provided

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator

Business Planning

  • Market Plan Development
  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Forming a Business
  • Business Succession Planning

Events and Community Building

  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
  • Pitch Events
  • Startup Drinks

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Microloans
  • Loans
  • Government Funding
  • Crowdfunding
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Grant Funding

Marketing and Sales

  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General


  • Coworking
  • Commercial Kitchen Facilities
  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Coding Schools, Bootcamps, Classes
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Amanda Askew
135 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612