Since 1976, Eighteenth Street Development Corporation (ESDC) has served the Pilsen community on the Lower West Side of Chicago. ESDC assists small businesses with technical support, provides resources for housing related issues, assists with businesses in the industrial corridor and provides assistance related to historic preservation. Now, as of 2016, ESDC has delivered assistance to over 1,000 individual businesses and entrepreneurs. Adding to that, more than 500 jobs have been created and it has also resulted in the retention of more than 1,000 existing jobs. The technical and financial resource assistance provided by ESDC has ensured that the Pilsen's neighborhood needs are addressed.