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US Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as
an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist
and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free
competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall
economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to
our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to
helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace.
Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established
in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps
Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network
of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations,
SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto
Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
The Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is the lead state agency responsible for improving Illinois' competitiveness in the global economy. Guided by an innovative regional approach, DCEO administers a wide range of economic and workforce development programs, services and initiatives designed to create and retain high quality jobs and build strong communities. DCEO leads the Illinois economic development process in partnership with businesses, local governments, workers and families.
For information about additional DCEO resources, please visit
the following sites:
State of Illinois Business Portal
Topics include: Starting a Business, Running a Business, Changing a Business, and Why Come to Illinois?
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
CMAP is the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. By state and federal law, CMAP is responsible for developing GO TO 2040, metropolitan Chicago's first truly comprehensive regional plan. To be implemented starting in fall 2010, the plan will be based on a diverse, coordinated set of strategies to address projected population growth of 2.8 million new residents by 2040, which has significant implications for transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.
Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
The mission of the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development is to
foster economic development, workforce development, and community
development within Cook County through the strategic leveraging of
resources and efficient professional management.
We work closely with:
Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing
The Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing helps Northeast Illinois
manufacturers compete through:
Illinois WorkNet Center
Wheeling/Prospect Heights Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The WPH Chamber is an active, membership-based organization committed to maintaining a healthy and progressive business environment in the Wheeling and Prospect Heights, Illinois area.
Harper College’s Small Business Development Center
Our mission is to contribute to the growth and prosperity of existing business, and enhance the success rate of new business formation.
Free, One-on-One Counseling is a hallmark service of the SBDC at Harper College. We offer excellent one-on-one counseling to existing and prospective small business owners. We work with you to provide you personalized and confidential counseling at no cost.
Areas of concentration include:
Career Resource Center
A nonprofit organization that provides professional assistance to individuals in employment transition – a unique service that would otherwise be lacking in the community and one that is delivered exclusively by a cadre of 110 plus volunteers.
SCORE can give you a personal business coach to help you with every step of your business. Whether you are a longtime owner of a floral shop in your hometown or managing a new temporary employment agency–we can be a resource for you.
Here are just a few ways SCORE can help you: