The mission of the Crecer Business Incubator is to grow neighborhood-based businesses while activating empty store fronts.
The Crecer Business Incubator is a first of it’s kind small business incubator program of the Northwest Side CDC. The program includes training, advising, and a physical storefront in the Belmont Cragin community. The incubator program official and opened on June 25, 2021 for the first year of programing. The goal of this program was to incubate and accelerate creative click –and –mortar entrepreneurs in their quest to launch a successful business. The program provided a low risk and controlled environment that allowed entrepreneurs to test their business model with access to educational resources. The Incubator provide participants with support, trainings, guidance, and other resources in a shared retail space. Due to the success with the program in Year 1 and Year 2, the Northwest Side CDC is continuing the program for a year 3.