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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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Step by Step Guide to starting a Business in Illinois
This guide, from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity's Business Information Center, "will inform you of various legal requirements and direct you to additional resources."
Illinois Small Business Development Centers
Illinois Small Business Development Centers are located throughout the state and provide information, confidential business guidance, training and other resources to start-up and existing small businesses.
Starting & Managing a Business (SBA.gov)
Explore topics to learn the aspects of starting and managing a business in this online resource from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Women's Business Development Center
The WBDC is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive women’s business assistance center in the United States with programs designed to help individuals in every phase of the business development and growth process.
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