Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE) acts as a catalyst to create inclusive economic growth by leveraging the buying power of anchor institutions, such as hospitals and universities, to collectively impact Chicagoland neighborhoods. 


CASE ENABLES ANCHORS TO INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY SUPPORT THE VITALITY OF THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH, BY SOURCING AND QUALIFYING LOCAL, SMALL TO MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES, WITH A FOCUS ON NEIGHBORHOOD AND MBE/WBE FIRMS, TO SUPPLY THE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES ANCHORS NEED.

WHAT WE HELP WITH

Procurement

Source and connect local, small-to-medium-sized businesses to contracting opportunities with anchor institutions

Anchor Data Analysis

Conduct annual spend analyses for anchors, establish benchmarks and local purchasing goals; manage an Anchor dashboard with analytics on a quarterly basis, evaluate progress made in achieving goals

Neighborhood Development

Create economic opportunities for small-to-medium-sized businesses in disinvested communities through the buying power of Anchor institutions, thereby positively affecting the hiring landscape of these neighborhoods and supporting community revitalization where it is needed the most

Business Development

Assess business’ capacity to fulfill anchor contracts; support with capacity technical assistance opportunities through CASE community partners

WHO WE WORK WITH

SMALL BUSINESSES

Enhancing the capacity of small and medium-sized local businesses, through access to contract opportunities with anchor institutions, to create jobs, increase revenues, and form strong community anchors

ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS

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

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Leverage a network of business assistance providers, community based organizations, and others who support with capacity building, technical assistance, and access to capital

CASE TEAM

Raven DeVaughn
Program Director

Rebecca Diaz
Business Relationship Manager

Kelley Foxx
Anchor Relationship Manager

Lauras Anagonou
Data Analyst

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