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ILLINOIS SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES

Available Resources as of 10/12/2022

The 2020-2021 SBA Illinois Resource Guide provides business tips, contact information, and other resources that may be helpful for you and other small business owners.


The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity provides resources and updates for businesses impacted by COVID.

The Cook County Community Recovery Initiative  will offer no interest loans up to $20,000 for businesses outside the City of Chicago.

The Women's Business Development Center has a direct lending program for loans up to $50,000 for established businesses.

West Side United is supporting businesses that are creating wealth and job opportunities on Chicago’s West Side with $10,000 grants.

The Source Grow Grant provides $10,000 grants to small businesses coupled with advising and coaching services. Cook County designed this program to close racial wealth and opportunity gaps and to foster the resiliency of small business. Applications open till October 31!

In partnership with Hello Alice, the Stacy's Rise Project offers women a $15,000 grant opportunity to grow their food and beverage business. Applications are open through October 21, 2022, at 6 p.m. ET. More info and application here​.

The Chicago Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights is offering free 30-minute legal advice sessions.

Check out this article on small businesses loans by ROK Financial: https://www.rok.biz/blog/how-do-small-business-loans-work/

The Small Business Digital Alliance (SBDA) has now launched!

It brings together major players, influencers, and companies in the e-commerce technology space to help small businesses connect with resources and reach new customers through expanded e-commerce opportunities through trainings, tools, and expansion of their digital networks – free of charge!! Read more here: https://www.smallbusinessdigitalalliance.com/