Illinois Resources

State of Illinois’ Office of the State Treasurer, 100 W. Randolph St., Suite 15-600, Chicago, IL 60601; 312-814-8953;

Through the state’s Employ Illinois program, small businesses may qualify for low-interest loanns to acquire land, purchase equipment, provide working capital, buy inventory or make capital improvements. To qualify, small businesses must have gross annual receiptsof $3 million or less, or $5 million or less for businesses in low-income census tracts, and provide a brief explanation as to why conventional loan financing is not adequate and why an Employ Illinois loan is necessary.

State of Illinois’ Office of the Governor, 100 W. Randolph St., Suite 16-100, Chicago, IL 60601; 312-814-2121;

The Office of the Governor offers business start-up information, licensing information, grants and loans. The website offers practical business startup and management guides, resources for hiring employees and running a business, as well as selling or purchasing a business.

State of Illinois’ Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Suite 3-400, Chicago, IL 60601; 312-814-7179;

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity offers loan programs, grants, tax assistance, resources and support through the Illinois Entrepreneurial Network, where local providers offer assistance in business planning, marketing, product development, government contracting, international trade and regulatory compliance.

State of Illinois’ Secretary of State, Department of Business Services, 69 W. Washington, Suite 1240, Chicago, IL 60602; 312-793-3380;

The Secretary of State offers a centralized repository for business filings and assumed name renewals.

State of Illinois’ Department of Revenue, 100 W. Randolph, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601; 217-785-3707;

The state Department of Revenue offers information on business registration, taxes, filing returns and compliance.

Illinois Small Business Development Centers (located in Illinois)

Located throughout the state, Illinois SBDC provide information, confidential business guidance, training and other resources to early stage and existing small businesses.

  • Joseph Center, 7600 W. Roosevelt, Forest Park, IL 60130;
  • Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 1800 West Cermak Rd., Chicago 60608;
  • Harper College, Harper Professional Building, 650 East Higgins Road, Suite 106, Schaumburg, IL 60173;
  •  Rock River Valley Entrepreneurship Center, EIGERlab, 605 Fulton Ave., Rockford, IL 61103;
  • Illini Entrepreneurship Center, UIUC “ EnterpriseWorks, 60 Hazelwood Drive, MC-659, Champaign, IL 61820;
  • SBDC at the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship at  Bradley University, 141 Jobst Hall, 1501 West Bradley Ave., Peoria, IL 61625;
  • College of Lake County, 19351 West Washington St., Room T-302, Grayslake, IL, 60030-1198;
  • College of DuPage, 2525 Cabot Dr., Lisle, IL 60532;
  • Governors State University, Centerpoint for Entrepreneurs, Room C3370, University Park, IL 60466-0975;
  • Heartland Partnership, 100 S.W. Water St., Peoria, IL 61602;
  • Black Hawk College , 4703 “ 16th Street, Suite G, Moline, IL 61265-7066;