Business-resourcesHelpful State and Government Links for Business Owners

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.

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.

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.

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.

BFS 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.

Business owners and entrepreneurs should take advantage of the vast repository of business resources to stay informed and competitive in today's markets

Small Business Publications

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

Entrepreneur magazine is the premier source for everything small business.

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

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.

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

Business publication dedicated specifically to Illinois businesses in every industry sector. 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 is the primary source of local business news and information in suburban Chicago.