Recognizing that small businesses are the backbone of the Illinois economy, Governor Quinn has created a number of tax credits and incentives to boost your business.
Business Resources Find free training webinars and resources on how to start and run a business. There has never been a better time to start a business, visit the Business Resources Page. Get Labor Market Information LMI is easiest to understand with practical examples. Use the LMI page to make data driven strategic decisions about your business and industry. Small Business LendingTake advantage of the new lending initative with DCEO. Find out how to get some much needed funds on the Lending Page. Use Social Media Social media is now a key business development component. Learn to communicate on-the-fly, in real time, with hundreds and thousands of potential customers. Click on social media to find out how. Tax Credits and Incentives Find alternative ways to build your business. Find out what resources are available and what you need to participate. Visit the Tax Page. Transitioning ServicesDownsizing your Business is never easy, find the help you need. Learn about Illinois and Federal WARN requirements and accessing Laid Off Worker Assistance.
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The Illinois Small Business Office/Small Business Development Center has compiled a comprehensive directory of resources available to minority, female, veteran, and disabled business owners. The directory and information on loans and other business assistance is available at the State of Illinois Business Portal .
Additionally, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services seeks to do business with companies in which a female, minority or disabled business person possesses at least 51% ownership rights. To investigate bidding opportunities, visit the Central Management Services website.
If you answered yes, then check out GovLoans.gov.
"GovLoans.gov is your gateway to Federal loan information, brought to you through a partnership between federal agencies and GovBenefits.gov; the official government benefits website."
To find out more about what federal loans may be available to you, visit the GovLoans.gov website.
Visit the U.S. Economic Census to increase your knowledge of the business climate.
The State of Illinois buys everything from food to trucks to office furniture to consulting services. Since we run social service facilities, office buildings, garages, state parks and more, the State needs virtually everything consumers and businesses need. So chances are we buy what you sell.
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