Small Businesses Can Get Help

Small business owners face many challenges in staying afloat, yet they play a vital role in the community.  Where can the owner turn for financial help, for marketing guidance, or even deciding whether or not to sell the business?  Following are a number of important resources that can help with these and other questions.

Federal and State Resources:

Small Business Administration
The SBA offers a large variety of online training programs for small business management.

Illinois Small Business Development Center at Harper College
Receive free counseling at the Illinois Small Business Development Center site associated with William Rainey Harper College.  Counselors are available by appointment to discuss individual situations and offer suggestions based on particular business problems and needs. Contact 847/925-6520 or click HERE to schedule an appointment.

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
Note services and startup business guides.

SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business (Chicago)
Free counseling services provided by retired business executives. The nearest location is the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce, 1401 Oakton St. 847/824-4200.

Illinois Registration and Tax Information for Business

Business Services/Publications and Forms @ Cyberdrive Illinois

State of Illinois Business Portal
Click on the Site Map link to see the many useful links for starting, running, changing, and selling a business in Illinois. There is a link to forms as well.

Organizations and Associations:

National Association for the Self-Employed

National Association of Women Business Owners (Chicago Chapter)

Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce

Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association

Contact Business Reference Librarian Joe Collier at the Mount Prospect Public Library, or 847/253-5675, to learn of other resources, set up a one-on-one session in the use of library databases, or gain business research tips.