Founded in 2014, CASE encourages the area’s leading institutions, such as hospitals, corporations and universities, to support local small business growth by creating jobs and economic opportunities in their neighborhoods.
“Northwestern is committed to being a strong partner for economic growth throughout the Chicago region,” said Nim Chinniah, executive vice president at Northwestern and member of the CASE executive board. “We are pleased CASE has recognized our efforts and look forward to continuing to collaborate with our colleagues across the Chicago region to make the economy even stronger.”
Northwestern has taken particular interest in helping CASE with data collection and analysis.
“We’ve also been identifying potential services to expand our outreach to local minority and women-owned businesses,” Chinniah said.
Northwestern also hosted the first CASE Symposium on its Chicago campus last summer. The event brought together all of CASE’s anchor institutions, along with several potential vendors to meet and discuss issues.
The University received the award on Dec. 2 from Chicago Deputy Mayor Steven Koch. Advocate Healthcare and BMO Harris Bank were also named 2015 Anchor of the Year Award recipients.