Small Business

Office of Small Business Did you know that there are more than 500,000 small businesses in the state of Illinois? Numerous industries including automotive repair, dry cleaning, manufacturing, printing and others are bombarded by complicated environmental regulations. The Office of Small Business provides resources and assistance to make the regulations on small businesses less burdensome!

The Office of Small Business was established in 1994 with the task of promoting voluntary compliance with environmental regulations among the small business community.

To accomplish this task, the Office of Small Business:

  • Opens channels of communication with small businesses, trade associations and business organizations,
  • Provides free guidance in response to questions and concerns raised by small business owners via our Toll-Free Environmental and Online Helplines,
  • Publishes plain languge fact sheets and guides with information specifically for small businesses,
  • Acts as an advocate for small businesses within the Illinois EPA.

We strive to create an environment where businesses feel comfortable asking for help with their environmental questions. Businesses can even remain anonymous to protect their privacy when contacting us through the Toll-Free Environmental and Online Helplines.