WHAT IS SCALE?

Matching Small Businesses to Big Opportunities. CASE measures a business’ capacity to service large institutions and promotes local purchasing by connecting CASE Ready businesses to Chicago Anchors for contract opportunities.

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HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Small Businesses

Are you a small business interested in learning about your capacity to service large institutional contracts and meet the following minimum requirements/prerequisites? Sign up here for exclusive access to contract opportunities with CASE Anchors.

Minimum Requirements/Prerequisites

  • Provide two consecutive years of financials
  • At least two full-time employees
  • At least two years in business
  • Business should be in a business to business (B2B) industry
  • Headquartered in Chicagoland
  • Annual revenue between $150K and $25M;

*Catering businesses will be considered without minimum revenue


Anchors

Are you an existing Anchor that needs account access? Please contact scale@worldbusinesschicago.com for user access.

Are you a new anchor interested in learning about how to get involved with CASE? Please contact scale@worldbusinesschicago.com


Community Partners

Are you a community partner interested in supporting small business development growth in Chicago? Please contact case@worldbusinesschicago.com

HOW SCALE WORKS

SCALE is an online matchmaking software developed to assess small to medium-sized businesses on readiness to service large contracts, and provides direct access to contract opportunities with Anchor institutions.

WHO THIS HELPS

ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS

  • Access to vetted suppliers
  • Provides confidence in vendors
  • Helps anchors meet organizational goals

SMALL BUSINESSES

  • Provides business assessment
  • Creates exposure to a network of anchors
  • Connects businesses to programs, resources and assistance

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

  • Builds a pipeline of potential clients
  • Offers growth opportunities to its members
  • Expands portfolio of services

 BUSINESS READINESS ASSESSMENT PROCESS

A five-step vetting process created by CASE and Chicagoland anchors, measuring business capacity to service large contracts with institutional buyers. A composite score, rated on a 1 to 5 point scale, is generated based on several key performance indicators, including financial performance compared to industry standards, operational, performance, and organizational capacities.

1.

COMPLETE REGISTRATION FORM

APPROXIMATELY 15 MINUTES

Answering preliminary questions regarding your business, eligibility, and certifications take you one step closer to becoming “CASE Ready.”

2.

CONSENT
TO NDA

APPROXIMATELY 5 MINUTES

CASE wants to ensure the privacy and security of your financial statements.

 

3.

SUBMIT FINANCIAL INFORMATION

APPROXIMATELY 5 MINUTES

In order to better assess your readiness to work with our anchors, CASE looks at your financial history from the past two years.

4.

INTERVIEW
WITH CASE

APPROXIMATELY 60 MINUTES

A 60-minute interview with a member of CASE enables us to gain a better understanding of you and your business to supplement your score.

5.

RECEIVE BUSINESS OUTPUT REPORT

APPROXIMATELY 30 MINUTES

Once your formal score has been created a business output report will be sent to you, outlining the basis of your score, as well as a 30-minute follow-up call with a CASE member to further explain your results.