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Small Business Assistance

Starting a new business is an exciting time, but is can also be challenging. Questions can seem endless: Where will my business be located? What licenses or permits are required? How do I get financing?

The State of Illinois is here to help. We’ve created a clearinghouse of information for entrepreneurs on starting a new business, a one-stop shop for all things startup. Your road to business ownership begins here.

For small business centers, programs and resources, click one of the links below or the menu on the right:

For access to capital, business locations, exporting, research space and more visit:

For more information contact:

First Stop Business Information Center

Illinois Department of Commerce

800.252.2923  or