What We Do
The Peterson Pulaski Business & Industrial Council (PPBIC) is a non-profit organization that assists in the retention and development of companies in five designated industrial corridors on the Northwest Side of Chicago.
With the support of our members and Chicago’s Local Industrial Retention Initiative program, we provide a variety of services, including facilitating city services, marketing and assisting with public incentives, providing educational and networking opportunities, promoting the area and local business, and planning and advocating for the long-term vitality of the industrial corridors.
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PPBIC is your first stop when you need anything from the City including zoning guidance, help with licensing or advice to navigate inspections. We partner with aldermen dedicated to maintaining the corridors in their wards and assisting businesses working their way through the City’s legal and regulatory hurdles.
Chicago Manufacturing. For more than 100 years, Chicago has been one of the world’s premier manufacturing and job centers. From meatpacking and steel making to industrial incubators and advanced manufacturers, the industrial sector continues to thrive and provide high-wage jobs that sustain Chicago families. PPBIC is committed to continuing that legacy and improving the growth of Chicago industrial companies.
Local Industrial Retention Initiative (LIRI). We are one of ten LIRI organizations located throughout Chicago with the mission of retaining and attracting industrial businesses. We work closely with the businesses to identify their needs and help access City programs, services and funding. We also provide the City with key insights to help plan infrastructure and other investments in the five industrial corridors we serve.
Don’t Be Confused. Established in 1991 to assist Peterson-Pulaski Industrial Corridor businesses, recently the PPBIC service area expanded to include four more industrial corridors: Elston-Armstrong, Knox, Northwest Highway, and Read-Dunning (Wright Business Park).
2020 Accomplishments. PPBIC is proud of how we helped area businesses as they faced the horrific consequences of the pandemic. The manufacturers, while keeping their employees safe and protected, pivoted to produce or acquire life-saving PPE to distribute to front-line workers. The commercial and non-profit businesses swiftly adapted to continue providing the services essential to the economy and our well-being.
At the start of the outbreak, PPBIC swung into action and became a trusted resource for timely information on government mandates, CDC alerts, and local and federal funding programs, all while continuing to assist individual companies. We acted as a clearinghouse for tips on new and innovative workplace protocols many of which were originated and fine-tuned by our members. Most satisfying, PPBIC’s strong relationships with our aldermen, social service agencies, and medical facilities, allowed us to quickly make connections for businesses wishing to offer support and supplies to those in need.
Your PPBIC Membership is More Important Than Ever! The success of PPBIC’s mission and the value of membership multiplies with each business that joins, whether an industrial or commercial business or a service agency. Each unique voice lends PPBIC a clearer understanding of the challenges faced by the business community so we can better assist and advocate on its behalf. Join Today at PPBIC.ORG
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