Small Business Assistance

Small Business Assistance


Staff are currently working remotely and inquiries should be directed to email for fastest service.  Response to Voicemail will be delayed.

Starting a new business is an exciting time, but is can also be challenging. Questions can seem endless: Where will my business be located? What licenses or permits are required? How do I get financing?

The State of Illinois is here to help. We’ve created a clearinghouse of information for entrepreneurs on starting a new business, a one-stop shop for all things startup. Your road to business ownership begins here.





For small business centers, programs and resources, click one of the links below or the menu on the right:


For access to capital, business locations, exporting, research space and more visit:

For more information contact:
First Stop Business Information Center
Illinois Department of Commerce

Staff are currently working remotely and unable to answer the helpline please direct inquiries to emails for fastest service.  Voicemail will be checked intermittently but response may be delayed.