Helping Small Businesses survive and thrive

1871’s Small Business Initiative (SBI) provides free resources and mentorship to “non-digital native” small businesses across Chicagoland and the Midwest. Developed in response to COVID-19, SBI helps small business owners tackle challenges, implement new ideas, and evolve for today’s digital marketplace and beyond.

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A Message From Our CEO
Betsy Zielger,
CEO @ 1871

Welcome to the Small Business Initiative! We are incredibly excited to have you here.

At 1871, we believe that technology can help strengthen and grow small businesses, but you should not have to be a tech whiz to take advantage of its capabilities. That is why we created the Small Business Initiative, a free resource for you, the small business owner who is looking to explore how you can best leverage tech to support and grow your business. 

Before you jump in, I would like to take a moment to highlight what you will find within the Small Business Initiative. Below, you will find a resource guide with articles and videos chosen to help you navigate the wide variety of options you have for getting your business online, managing sales, and conn