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This guide is designed to link the user to basic resources, including databases and Websites, for information about starting a new business in Illinois.  Library staff can provide a brief  overview of the Library's databases, but CANNOT answer questions about applicable laws and ordinances or about funding from specific government agencies or other providers for businesses.

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Sarah Rice
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Chicago, IL 60606