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Business Services

Attain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online

The Employment Identification Number (EIN) is a permanent number that can be used immediately for business needs, including opening a bank account, applying for business licenses, and filing a tax return by mail.

Attain llinois Business Tax (IBT) Number

The Illinois Business Tax (IBT) Number is a requirement by the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) for those who conduct business in or with Illinois.

Illinois Small Business Development Centers

Illinois Small Business Development Centers are located throughout the state and they provide information, confidential business guidance, training, and other resources to early stage and existing small businesses.

Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs)

PTAC's Provide one-on-one counseling, technical information and training to existing businesses that are interested in becoming certified and selling their products or services to local, state, or federal government agencies.

Good Faith Efforts Best Practices - PDF

Advantage Illinois

Advantage Illinois accelerates investments and eases the credit crunch for small businesses, thanks to more than $78 million from the federal State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. Advantage Illinois consists of three programs to spur institutional lending to small businesses and one program to leverage private venture capital in start-ups and high-growth businesses.


SCORE delivers free, confidential, valuable advice for your business needs.  Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, SCORE mentors will help you reach customers and achieve your goals.

Buy Illinois

Buy Illinois is a statewide series of regional trade fairs, procurement workshops and training programs designed to stimulate more in-state, business-to-business commerce, and increase the self-sufficiency of the Illinois economy.

Provided below are additional resources to assist you in doing business with the State of Illinois:

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