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Local Small Business Resource Partners
LOCATION
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Aurora
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Aurora
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Waubonsee Community College Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Bloomington
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Carbondale
Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Carbondale
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Carbondale
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Southern Illinois University Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Centralia
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Kaskaskia College Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Champaign
Illinois Small Business Development Center at University of Illinois Extension
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Champaign
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Champaign
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) University of Illinois Extension Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Chicago
ACCION Chicago
ACCION Chicago is an alternative lending organization dedicated to providing credit and other business services to small business owners who do not have access to traditional sources of financing....View details

Chicago
Asian American Alliance
The Asian American Alliance is a not-for-profit small business advocacy organization committed to assisting Asian American, minority, non-minority, women-owned small and disadvantaged business...View details

Chicago
Chicago Manufacturing Center
The Chicago Manufacturing Center works with manufacturers to improve performance and productivity through our management, process improvement, and information technology consulting services....View details

Chicago
Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center
The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (the Center) exists to help entrepreneurs and small- to mid-sized business owners achieve success by helping them navigate resources, strengthen knowledge,...View details

Chicago
Department of Business Affairs and Licensing (DBA)
Offers assistance with business licensing, business start-up, expansion, access to business resources, free business education workshops and more. Contact: Efrat Dallal Stein, Director of Public...View details

Chicago
Illinois SBDC at Chicago Community Ventures
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Chicago
Illinois SBDC at Duman Microenterprise Ctr
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Chicago
Illinois SBDC at Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Chicago
Illinois SBDC at North Business & Industrial Council (NORBIC)
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Chicago
Illinois Small Business Developement Center (SBDC) Uptown Center Hull House
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Chicago
Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at Hull House
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Chicago
Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at Women’s Business Development Center
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Chicago
Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago-ICNC
The ICNC represents the interests of Kinzie Industrial Corridor companies and assists in strengthening business by providing; links to services and resources, employment services for locating...View details

Chicago
North Business & Industrial Council
NORBIC is an economic development organization that promotes job growth and community advancement through the provision of professional and technical services to Illinois businesses. Contact:...View details

Chicago
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Chicago
Small Business Administration (SBA) Illinois District Office
Contact: Judith A. Roussel Works to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall...View details

Chicago
Small Business Administration(SBA) Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD)
OVBDs mission is to assist veterans, service-disabled veterans, reserve component members, and their dependents or survivors by helping them to learn about, access and effectively utilize all...View details

Chicago
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Chicago State University - Greater Southside Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Chicago
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) IL Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Chicago
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Jane Addams Hull House Association Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Chicago
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) North Business & Industrial Council Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Chicago
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) University of Illinois at Chicago Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Chicago
Somercor 504, Inc.
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings. Contact:...View details

Chicago
WOMEN'S BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (WBDC)
The WBDC assists women in starting and growing their own businesses by offering services in both Spanish and English including business assessments, loan packaging, public and private sector...View details

Danville
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Danville Area Community College Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Decatur
Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at University of Illinois Extension Decatur Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Decatur
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

East St. Louis
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Southern Illinois University/East St. Louis Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Edwardsville
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Elgin
Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Elgin Community College
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Elgin
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Elgin Community College
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Evanston
Illinois SBDC at Evanston Technology Innovation Center
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Evanston
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Evanston Technology Innovation Center Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Forest Park
Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at Joseph Center
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Freeport
Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at Highland Community College
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Godfrey
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Grayslake
Illinois Small Business Developement Center (ISBDC)
at the College of Lake County
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Greater Northwest Chicago
Illinois SBDC at Greater Northwest Chicago Development Corporation
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Harrisburg
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Southeastern Illinois College Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Joliet
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Joliet Jr. College Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Kankakee
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling. SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities and project...View details

Kankakee
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Kankakee Community College Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Libertyville
Lake County Partners
Lake County Partners focuses on improving the business climate in the region by attracting, retaining and expanding businesses; advocating for infrastructure improvements; and spearheading initiatives...View details

Lisle
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) College of DuPage Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Macomb
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Western Illinois University Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Malta
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Kishwaukee College Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

McHenry
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) McHenry County College Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Moline
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Moline
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Moline
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Black Hawk College Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Mt. Vernon
Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Rend Lake College
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Normal
Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Illinois State University
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Oglesby
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Illinois Valley Community College Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Olney
Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Illinois Eastern Community College
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing, training,...View details

Olney
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Illinois Eastern Community College Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Peoria
Illinois Business Financial Services
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings. Contact:...View details

Peoria
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Peoria
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Bradley University Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Quincy
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

River Grove
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Triton College Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Rockford
Rock Valley College Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
The Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) of Illinois are a statewide network of counseling offices providing free education, training, and consultation services as needed to help any...View details

Rockford
Rockford Local Development Corporation
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings. Contact:...View details

Rockford
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Rockford
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Rock Valley College Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Schaumburg
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Harper College Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Springfield
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE mentors provide free & confidential business mentoring through local Chapters or Online Counseling . SCORE helps entrepreneurs develop business plans, explore growth opportunities...View details

Springfield
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION(SBA) OFFICE OF VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT (OVBD)
OVBDs mission is to assist veterans, service-disabled veterans, reserve component members, and their dependents or survivors by helping them to learn about, access and effectively utilize all...View details

Springfield
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Lincoln Land Community College Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Springfield
Small Business Growth Corporation
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings. Contact:...View details

Springfield
South Central Illinois Regional Planning & Development Comm.
Provides small loans ranging from under $100 to a maximum of $25,000 to prospective, small business borrowers and backed by the US SBA. Contact: Bob Kerans, Chairman...View details

Ullin
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Shawnee Community College Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

University Park
CenterPoint 504, Inc.
Governors State University University Park IL 60466 CenterPoint at Governors State University is a dynamic community based resource, which helps small business owners take advantage of...View details

University Park
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Governors State University Office
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Wheaton
DuPage County Department of Economic Development
and Transportation Planning
Works to to provide you with the information and tools needed to determine whether DuPage County is the right place for you to retain or grow your business....View details



Statewide and Nationwide Small Business Resource Partners
LOCATION
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Statewide
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Illinois Offices
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Statewide
Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP)
The Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP) is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans...View details

Nationwide
Foundation for the Advancement of Marketing Excellence in Entrepreneurs ( FAMEE)
FAMEE is a nonprofit organization that offers online marketing courses tailored to the interests and needs of small and medium sized businesses. Access to online courses, support materials and...View details

Nationwide
SBDCGlobal.com
SBDCGlobal.com is a free, multicultural, web-based trade platform that links the advisors and small business clients of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) networks in the United States,...View details

Nationwide
SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE offers free, confidential small business advice for anyone looking to start, grow and succeed in business. With a national volunteer network of over 13,000 business mentors and 350 chapters,...View details

Nationwide
Veterans Virtual Incubator (VetBizGo)
VetBizGO is a resource and referral community tailored to supporting Veterans in Business. Content promotes awareness, access and use of thousands of no and low-cost federal, regional and local...View details

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