Business Resources

Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration (SBA) website contains information on starting and financing a business, a list of local SBA offices, and a calendar of events.
See Crain’s Chicago Business “Chicago’s Largest SBA Lenders” dated Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

The DCEO website provides State of Illinois business assistance programs

Advantage Illinois
The Advantage Illinois website is a financing program which enhances business access to capital. For more information, contact Capital Program Manager Stanley Luboff by email or by phone at 312-814-1595.

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Small Businesses

This department provides resources and assistance to make regulations on small businesses less burdensome. Visit the EPA website or contact Manager Ken Page at 217-524-2743 or at 888-372-1996. Visit the Water Quality website and Air Quality website for additional EPA resources.

Illinois Entrepreneurship Network (IEN)
Another resource from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity which provides a network of resources for Illinois businesses including business start-up, planning and development assistance, support for small manufacturers, and services for high-tech firms. Visit the IEN website or call 800-252-2923 for more information.

Harper College
Entrepreneurship Training Schedule for Fall/Winter 2013

Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC)
IMEC, a non-profit economic development organization, was established to improve the productivity and competitiveness of Illinois’ small and mid-sized manufacturing firms. Visit the IMEC website or call 888-806-4632 for more information.

Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Illinois Small Business Development Centers located throughout the state provide information, confidential business guidance, training and other resources to early stage and existing small businesses. Call 847-925-6520 for more information.

Illinois SBDC at Harper College
Harper Professional Building
650 E. Higgins Road
Suite 106
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Illinois Finance Authority (IFA)

The IFA provides expert, hands-on support to help businesses get the capital they need for growth. The IFA provides low-cost, nonconventional financing through banks and other sources. For more information, visit the IFA website.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
The IRS website has important information to help small businesses and self-employed individuals
understand and comply with federal tax laws.  Use these keywords in the search engine:
  • "Smallbiz": This resource is for small business and self-employed business owners
  • "Starting, operating, or closing a business"
  • "Checklist" for starting a business
SCORE is  America's premier source of online and in-person, free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs.  SCORE, mentors to America's small business, is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small business start, grow and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Cook County – Class 6b

The Class 6b is an economic development incentive offered by the Cook County Assessor’s Office. It is designed to encourage industrial development throughout Cook County by offering a real estate tax incentive for the development of new industrial facilities, the rehabilitation of existing industrial structures and industrial reutilization of abandoned buildings. The goal of Class 6b is to attract new industry, stimulate expansion and retention of existing industry and increase employment. The City of Rolling Meadows shall consider each application on its own merit. Class 6b Application and Requirements or contact the Community Development Department at 847-506-6030.