Contacts for Businesses

The Village is pleased to assist businesses with a variety of topics:

Code Enforcement

The Village Code Enforcement Officer Alex Panek, is the contact for:

  • Questions or concerns about physical conditions in buildings, including light, heat, leaks, and ventilation

Economic Development

The Economic Development Coordinator Liz Dechant, can:

  • Act as a primary Village contact for business owners, property owners and landlords
  • Connect retailers to advertising opportunities in magazines, websites and newspapers
  • Refer business owners to relevant services such as permits, zoning, and parking
  • Offer resources to help start or grow your business here

Police Department

The Winnetka Police Department’s Business Liaison Officer Josue Perez, is the contact for:

  • Education on crime risk reduction
  • Security surveys for businesses
  • Traffic and parking issues

Additional Resources 

Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce is supporting and encouraging the development and success of local businesses for the benefit of vibrant communities in Winnetka and Northfield. The Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce is over 350 members strong and growing. The combined membership affords its members more services, a larger presence and a stronger voice in the community. Within each district – Hubbard Woods, West Elm, East Elm, Indian Hill and Northfield– there is pride and commitment to providing quality, value, expertise and personalized customer service. 

Chicago’s North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau

Chicago’s North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau (CNSCVB) is the official marketing organization of the North Shore as certified by the Illinois Office of Tourism. Winnetka is one of eight North Shore communities represented by CNSCVB and is promoted to regional, national, and international visitors and event planners. CNSCVB hosts events and seminars for member businesses throughout the year, and provides exclusive marketing opportunities to those seeking additional sales and promotional exposure.  

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Small Business Assistance Center

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) provides small business assistance through Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) located throughout the state.  SBDCs provide workshops and one-on-one business consultation; assistance with developing business, management and marketing plans; financial assessment and guidance; in-depth business training and more. The Illinois SBDC also provides specialized services in technology, innovation and entrepreneurial development.