ABOUT US

OVERVIEW

The Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation is a 501 ( c ) 3, not for-profit corporation, that exists to address the stalled economic development within the Greater Englewood community. We believe that by empowering and educating small business owners and entrepreneurs within Englewood and the surrounding Chicagoland area, true transformation will happen.

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MISSION

OUR MISSION AT GECDC

  • Greater Englewood CDC’s mission is to rebrand, rebuild and revitalize the Greater Englewood Community by building on existing community assets and facilitating ongoing collaborations between residents and other key stakeholders. We execute this through business and workforce development , workshops and advisory, as well as real estate initiatives.

PROGRAMS

We offer top quality programs to help you Re-brand, Rebuild, and Revitalize your business at the level it deserves to be.

  • Entrepreneur Center
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • Neighborhood Business Development Center (NBDC)
  • Small Business Opportunity Center (SBOC)
  • Englewood Retail Thrive Zone
  • Youth Tech (Technology Program)
  • AmeriCorps Vista
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PARTNERS

STAFF

DERRICK A WARREN

EXECUTIVE director

Derrick serves as the Executive Director of the Greater Englewood, Community Development Corporation (GECDC), which serves to re-brand, re-build and revitalize the Greater Englewood Community by building on existing community assets and facilitating ongoing collaboration between residents and other key stakeholders. Currently, Derrick oversees the GECDC, which includes: a membership based business center, small business development, and job creation by attracting [and supporting] new small businesses to the community.

TAMORA HUGHES

SBDC DIRECTOR

Tamora Walls has worked for corporate institutions utilizing her skills in the areas of graphic design, presentations, computer training, basic IT support, and web development. Tamora completed the SBA Entrepreneurship Courses where she has received her Certificates of completion in early 2013.

SHIRLEY OLIPHANT

financial manager

Shirley, affectionately known as “Mrs. O,” serves as the Financial Manager for the GECDC.  She is a native of Englewood with 25 years of Financial Management experience, including all facets of Post-Secondary Education, Executive Leadership, Team Building, Training & Development, and Mentorship. In addition to being the Financial Manager for the GECDC, Mrs. Oliphant oversees our Englewood Accelerator, as well as all events.  Mrs. O enjoys working with people, and prides herself in being a mentor to youth.

RHEA STEELE

SBDC SMALL BUSINESS ADVISOR

Rhea Steele is a Small Business Advisor for the Greater Englewood CDC’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Rhea is a seasoned business professional with a career history that includes corporate management and entrepreneurship. Rhea recognizes the positive impact realized in our communities when local businesses succeed and is committed to their continued growth and development of our community-focused entrepreneurs.

BRANDI HILL

EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Brandi is the Executive Administrative Assistant at the GECDC. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is Spanish. Brandi consistently strives to achieve maximum customer satisfaction and is passionate about helping others. Her dream has always been to work for a community based non-profit that serves the needs of a diverse inner-city population. Brandi comments, ” I am excited to be a part of an extraordinary corporation and I look forward to changing many lives as we rebrand, rebuild and revitalize our community.” 

Board of Directors

Interim Board Chair

John Gholar, Esq.

John Gholar is both a life-long resident of Chicago and a life-long member of Faith Temple Church of God in Christ  in Englewood. While still being a member of Faith Temple, John graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and obtained a BA degree in Political Science and African-American Studies. situs judi qq

Secretary

Kimberly Jones

Kimberly has worked in the banking industry for over twenty years.  She is currently the Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager at U.S. Bank’s Englewood Branch.  Kimberly is a an advocate of ‘financial literacy’ and spends time with young people equipping them for the financial journey ahead.

 

 

815 W. 63rd Street, Chicago, IL., 60621, 4th Floor 773-651-2400