Helpful State and Government Links for Small Business Owners

»  United States Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States.

»  Illinois Department of Revenue

The primary responsibility of the Department of Revenue is to serve as the tax collection agency for state government and for local governments. The department also administers the state’s lottery and regulates the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages.

»  Illinois Chamber of Commerce

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce is the oldest, largest broad-based business advocacy group in Illinois.  The Chamber brings together member and non-members from every part of the state, every type of business or industry to improve the Illinois business climate.

»  Office Of Women And Minority Business Development Assistance

Provides Illinois minority entrepreneurs preparing to start or expand a business with liaisons to state government programs and resources. Advocates work with individual companies and professional associations to find answers to the wide range of questions that arise from business ownership.

»  Illinois Business Financial Services

Illinois Business Financial Services is a Certified Development Company (CDC) that works in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Since 1981. Illinois Business Financial Services has been developing diversified loan programs for small businesses, utilizing a combination of Community Development Assistance Programs and the SBA’s 504 and Community Express Loan Programs to create jobs and millions of dollars in project funding.

»  Tax Information For Businesses (IRS)

Small Business Publications

»  Inc. Magazine

Inc. Magazine delivers advice, tools, and services, to help business owners and CEOs start, run, and grow their businesses more successfully.

»  Entrepreneur Magazine

Entrepreneur magazine is the premier source for everything small business.

»  The Wall Street Journal | Small Business

Breaking small business and financial news updated as it happens.  In-depth business analysis and small business information.

»  Fast Company Magazine

Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design. Written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders.

»  MarketingProfs

It’s a rich and trusted resource that offers actionable know-how to help you market your products and services both smarter and better. Entrepreneurs, small-business owners and marketers in the world’s largest corporations make up its 381,000 subscribers, making it the largest in its category.

Illinois Business Publications

»  Illinois Business Journal

Business publication dedicated specifically to Illinois businesses in every industry sector.

»  Chicago Business Powered by Crain’s is a portal that offers daily local business news, plus links to public records and hundreds of local and national business-oriented sites. In addition to a growing list of Business Resources, also provides the most comprehensive local business daily news updates.

»  The Business Ledger

The Business Ledger is the primary source of local business news and information in suburban Chicago.