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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  • 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.


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




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 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.


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.


Vista program sITE supervisor

Darvece is serving as GECDC’s VISTA Program Supervisor for the Englewood Legacy Initiative through AmeriCorps VISTA. With Over 15 Years Of Diversified Experience In Healthcare, Community Engagement, Leadership, Team Building, Professional Training and Development, Darvece is dedicated to capacity building and sustainability. Her passion and skills directly encompass a total of six non-for-profits in Englewood.  Her service duties include: being an Ambassador, Mentor, Recruiter, Facilitator/Educator, Liaison, and Resource Generator for AmeriCorps VISTA, VISTA members and the GECDC



Carol Thomas is the Administrative Assistant at the GECDC, where she provides front desk assistance to visitors, clients and staff.  Carol Thomas studied at Robert Morris College where she received an A.A.S in Secretarial Science. Currently, Carol is studying at Argosy University and will receive her B.S. in Business Administration in December 2018. 



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.




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