Advantage Illinois: Advantage Illinois consists of three programs to spur institutional lending to small businesses and one program to leverage private venture capital in start-ups and high-growth businesses. The programs are administered through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Business Invest: A project of the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office, Business Invest’s linked deposit program stimulates job creation and economic development by enabling financial institutions to offer below-market interest rates on loans to Illinois businesses, non-profit organizations, child care providers and health care providers, and units of local government. The program can also be used to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency related projects.

Finances and Taxes: Information on finance, grants, loans, incentives, and taxes.

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO): DCEO offers a range of business services, including financing, training, counseling, tax assistance, and access to capital.

Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES): The IDES website includes information on unemployment insurance and reporting, tax credits offered for creating new jobs, recruiting and hiring new workers, participating in job fairs and IDES events, and tax credits for hiring veterans, ex-offenders, or persons with disabilities.

Illinois Laws & Enforcement: Includes information on state labor laws, downloadable workplace posters and flyers, and environmental information for businesses.

Illinois Registration, Licenses, and Permits: State information on registration, renewals, licenses, permits, and certifications.

Small Business Administration (SBA): Administered through the federal government, the SBA has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA provides assistance primarily through its four programmatic functions: access to capital (business financing), government contracting (federal procurement), and advocacy. Visit the website to find local resources and SBA centers near you.

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