Resources for Small Business


A Guide to Starting Your Business
Changing the Name of Your Illinois Business
Where should I incorporate my small business or form my LLC?

Legal Alerts

Independent Contractor/Employee Relationships
Can We Use It? Using Photos of Others in Your Promotional Materials
Chicago Ordinance Requiring Paid Sick Leave
I-9 Overview for Employers
Special Zoning in the City of Chicago


How to Get Legal Services for Your Small Business

Other Organizations

Accion Chicago is a nonprofit that helps communities grow by investing in people who build businesses and generate jobs in their neighborhoods. We provide customized capital solutions and one-on-one coaching to underserved entrepreneurs in Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

Bethel New Life  operates the Entrepreneurship Training Program (ETP), at no charge, to provide training and support to individuals who live in and start their businesses in designated communities primarily on the West Side of the city of Chicago

City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection provides resources and information for businesses operating in the city.

Duman Microenterprise Center and Loan Fund provides one-on-one counseling at no charge for start-ups and pre-existing small businesses in the Chicago metropolitan area. The Center offers entrepreneurial training, business assistance, mentoring and access to capital.

Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center offers a wide variety of supportive services for startup and existing small businesses located in and around Illinois Institute of Technology.

SCORE Chicago serves small businesses by providing free business counseling, management consulting, and low cost workshops.

Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) delivers business services and financial assistance to empower women towards entrepreneurship and economic self-sufficiency.