Eighteenth Street Development Corporation

In the period from 1976 through 2014, the Eighteenth Street Development Corporation has delivered capacity-building technical assistance to over 1,000 individual businesses and entrepreneurs and advocacy on behalf of hundreds of diverse businesses. ESDC’s direct work with businesses providing capacity building services, technical assistance, guidance and advocacy has resulted in the creation of more than 500 new jobs. ESDC’s work has also resulted in the retention of more than 1,000 existing jobs. 

Board Member Highlight

Geralex Janitorial Services - Geralex is a family owned commercial janitorial service provider located in Pilsen and serving the Chicago land market.  They provide professional quality environmental friendly janitorial service. Geralex takes pride in serving clients; they are focused to unwavering customer service and complete attention to detail.   

They are committed to investing in the most innovative technology in the cleaning and janitorial industry. Their goal is to always provide efficient and thorough service without jeopardizing the quality and integrity of their business. 

Partner Highlight

Wintrust Community Banks - Wintrust became the bank that Chicagoans were and are looking for. Their banks are big enough to handle $50 million loans to local businesses, yet small enough to hand out cookies and coffee when you come in the bank, lollipops to kids, and even dog biscuits to "man's best friend".

They are large enough to handle the most complex Trust and Wealth Management issues or able to provide simple FREE checking accounts, and when you call, they answer the phone and know you by name. Whether your business needs to refinance its office building or your daughter needs a mortgage for her first home, Wintrust will get it done for you.