Resources for Small Business

Please note: We are temporarily pausing the processing of small business applications for pro bono legal assistance from August 1, 2019 until Fall 2019. If you are an entrepreneur, please refer your legal questions to the Chicago Small Business Center’s Solution Station or check out our Small Business Resources page.


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
Trademark or Not to Trademark

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.

ChiBizHub connects a large network of primarily nonprofit service providers offering a wide variety of business-building services for small businesses. 

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

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.