- Issues Business Licenses & Use of Public Way Permits
- Provides Monthly Free Workshops on business topics
- Open 8:30AM to 4:30PM, Room 800 of City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago 60602
The Solution Station offers entrepreneurial assistance with legal advice, access to capital, and one-on-one counseling. They offer a wide array of supportive services to connect with other important business resources. Visit the Small Business Center Solution Station every Tuesday (SCORE), Wednesday (Community Law Project), Thursday (Accion Chicago or Women’s Business Development Center) to receive free business counseling, legal assistance, financial and loan assistance, and tax support from our trusted non-profit partner agencies. It is located at City Hall, room 800. Walk ins are welcome, or to make an appointment email: email@example.com or call 312-744-2086.
includes Northside Federal Credit Union and Accion
includes (federal) SBA, (state) DCEO and Accion programs
City of Chicago webpage on SBIF
Parking Pay Boxes
LAZ Parking, www.ChicagoMeters.com, 877-744-PARK (7901)
Illinois Sale Tax Resale Certificate
Pro Bono Legal Services for Businesses and Nonprofits
- Business entity formation
- Structure of the businesses entity, focusing on ownership, control, and financing
- Agreements between owners
- Contracts with key employees and independent contractors
- Protection of confidential information
- Contracts with third parties
- Routine forms
Crime Prevention & Safety Tips
- Protect Your Business & Tips for Patrons flyer
- Premised Protected by Video Surveillance sign
- Cash Register is Empty sign
- Prevent Package Theft flyer
Green Business Tips
- Reduce HVAC operating costs: reduce air leaks, insulate surfaces, EnergyStar appliances
- Reduce Lighting costs: CFL and other energy efficient lighting
- Recycle cardboard, paper, plastics, batteries, food scraps
- Encourage employees to walk, bike or take public transit to work
- Use low toxic emissions materials indoors
- Use sustainably created products
- Shop locally (thereby reducing transportation costs)
- · Use clean energy sources
Environmental Complaints Hotline
Unfair Hiring and Employment Practices
Enterprise Zone #4 in 47th Ward
- Illinois SBDC at Evanston Technology Innovation Center: 820 Davis Street Suite 137 / Evanston, Illinois 60201, T: 847/866-1817, F: 847/866-1808, W: www.sbdc-evanston.org, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Illinois SBDC at North Business & Industrial Council (NORBIC): 5353 West Armstrong Avenue / Chicago, Illinois 60646-6509, T: 773/594-9292 ex-227, F: 773/594-9416, W: www.norbic.org/services/busDev/main.html, E: email@example.com
- Illinois SBDC at Duman Microenterprise Ctr: 216 West Jackson Blvd, Suite 700/ Chicago, Illinois 60606-6921, T: 312/673-3429, W: http://www.jvschicago.org/duman/, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Illinois SBDC at Chicago Community Ventures: 700 North Sacremento Blvd. Suite 130 Chicago, Illinois 60612 T: 773/822-0320, W: http://www.chiventures.org/news/sbdc.shtml, E: SBDC@chiventures.org
- Illinois SBDC at Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago, 2010 West Fulton, Suite 280 / Chicago, Illinois 60612, T: 312/433-2373, F: 312/421-1871 W: www.industrialcouncil.com/SBDC/services.html E: email@example.com
(A new initiative aimed at stimulating job growth in Illinois): 13 regional offices specialize in assisting companies with high growth potential. ECs accelerate entrepreneurial ventures by helping businesses connect with resources and funding, patents and products, money and markets. Centers also provide customized marketing strategies that drive product growth. Targeted to companies with high growth potential. Services include Access to capital; product licensing; access to technology; access to networks
Targeted to Technology-based startup companies. Service include, Financing programs; training in technical and managerial skills; assistance with new product development and marketing
- Northern Illinois University West Suburban Technology Enterprise Center (WeSTEC), 2700 International Drive, Suite 100 / West Chicago, IL 60185, T: 630/587-0544, F: 630/587-0543, W: http://www.nitec.niu.edu/nitec/aboutus/index.shtml
Targeted to existing businesses that are interested in selling their products and/or services to local, state, or federal government agencies. Services include one-on-one counseling, technical information, marketing assistance and training
Targeted to existing, new to-export companies interested in pursuing international trade opportunities Services include, evaluation of company’s readiness to export; access to foreign market information; documentation assistance; automated trade leads; and linkages with trade representatives. NAFTA Opportunity Centers (NOCs) provide specialized assistance to those firms seeking to take advantage of the trade opportunities in Mexico and Canada made possible by the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Centers and affiliated support organizations help manufacturers with productivity, technology modernization, and enhanced business practices. Targeted to small and mid-sized Illinois manufacturers. Services include, identifying a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; report where a company stands on more than 50 performance indicators; manage projects to address various manufacturing needs including, but not limited to manufacturing modernization, quality assurance, best manufacturing practices, product development, and market development.
Targeted to businesses required to comply with state and federal air pollution regulations. Services include, a confidential helpline: 800-252-3998; Workshops; on-site visits; Clean Air Clips; consultant directory, and Environmental Resources
USEACs offer a full range of federal export programs and services from a number of federal agencies under one roof. Many locations have new-to-export programs called E-TAP.
- 200 W. Adams Street, Suite 2450 / Zip Chicago, IL 60606, T: (312) 353-8065, F: (312) 353-8098, E: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SBA’s network of more than 60 Women’s Business Centers (WBC) provide a wide range of services to women entrepreneurs at all levels of business development.
The Small Business Classroom is an on-line resource for training and informing entrepreneurs and other students of enterprise. The classroom is designed to educate and provide interactive business guidance on a variety of topics to many types of students. Besides “traditional” small business clients, the on-line classroom will benefit high school and college students, individuals with time and travel limitations, people with disabilities, international business resources and others.
More than 10,500 volunteers provide training and one-on-one counseling at no charge
- U.S. Small Business Administration 500 W. Madison St., Suite 1250 / Chicago, IL 60661, T: (312) 353-7724, F: (312) 886-5688
- Chicago State University Business & Health Services 95th & Dr. Martin Luther King Dr./ Chicago, IL 60628, T: (773) 995-3938
The Illinois Capital Access Program (CAP) is designed to encourage financial institutions to make loans to small and new businesses that do not qualify under conventional lending policies. CAP is a form of loan portfolio insurance, which provides additional reserve coverage to the lender on loan defaults. By participating in CAP, lenders have available to them a proven financing mechanism to meet the needs of financial institutions and Illinois small businesses.
The new Patriot Express loan is offered by SBA’s network of participating lenders nationwide and features our fastest turnaround time for loan approvals. Loans are available up to $500,000 and qualify for SBA’s maximum guaranty of up to 85 percent for loans of $150,000 or less and up to 75 percent for loans over $150,000 up to $500,000. For loans above $350,000, lenders are required to take all available collateral.
The Illinois Enterprise Zone Program is designed to stimulate economic growth and neighborhood revitalization in economically depressed areas of the state. This is accomplished through state and local tax incentives, regulatory relief, and improved governmental services.