Advice, Education and Mentoring

Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, Aon Center, 200 E. Randolph St., Suite 2200, Chicago, 6060; 312-494-6777;

The CEC offers advisory services and connections to entrepreneurs that help them negotiate crucial early-business decisions. Its programs include the Cluster Acceleration Program, Entrepreneurs and Executives in Residence, Business Plan Competitions, Future Founders, Stitches Fashion Program and Innovate Illinois.

City of Chicago Department of  Community Development, 121 N. LaSalle St., 10th floor, Chicago, IL 60602; (312) 744-4190;

The Department of Community Development offers information for businesses on environmental issues, property for sale, enterprise zones, short-term loans and provides entrepreneurial outreach.

Illinois Technology Association, 200 S. Wacker Dr., 15th floor, Chicago, IL 60606; 312-435-3805;

The ITA, a regional trade group for technology companies, provides members with access to connections, information and promotional opportunities to improve business.

SCOREChicago, 500 W. Madison St., Suite 1250, Chicago, IL 60661; 312-353-7724;

SCORE counselors are volunteer executives and business owners who can help you at no cost with a wide variety of business issues like financing, marketing and your business plan.

Women Business Development Center, 8 South Michigan, Suite 400, Chicago, Illinois 60603-3302;

The Women’s Business Development Center offers training, events, workshops and counseling to small businesses, including Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certification for women-owned businesses.