- Top 10 Need to Know Questions When Launching a Business in Illinois
Feeling overwhelmed because you need to write a business plan to launch that great idea? Think lean! Do not rewrite a novel like "War and Peace". We offer guidance to navigate your way to a concise, well written & valuable business plan that will not only launch your business but continue to direct your business to future success.
- College of DuPage Library (www.cod.edu/library)
Extensive listings of business resources & databases.
- LinkedIn – How to Promote You and Your Business (whitepaper)
This guide goes through LinkedIn and shows you everything from navigation to best practices and explains how to set up and use LinkedIn to promote yourself and your business.
- Rev3 Innovation Center (www.rev3dupage.com)
Located in DuPage County, Illinois, Rev3 is an innovation center with a focus on helping people and companies manufacture products, write software and develop technology to drive the third industrial revolution. From astonishing waves of innovation to new product concepts to technology that changes business models - Rev3 is a place of emerging opportunities and creativity. This is not a place for business as usual.
- U.S. Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov)
Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.
- SCORE – Fox Valley Chapter (www.scorefoxvalley.org)
The SBDC also hosts the Fox Valley Chapter of S.C.O.R.E. (Service Corps of Retired Executives). S.C.O.R.E. provides free, confidential business mentoring to anyone who is operating a small business or thinking about starting one.
- Affordable Care Act (www.healthcare.gov)
Confused about the Affordable Health Care Act taking effect in 2014? Not sure if you are an "individual" or a "small business"? DuPage County has an organization available to assist you in identifying the options and offering guidance so that you are able to make an informed decision! Enroll DuPage, is your one-stop source for information regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The site will provide enrollment locations, a calendar of events and fact sheets, all of which will help you navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace. Visit U.S. SBA Affordable Care Act Training Materials for information on what the Affordable Care act means for small business.
- Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (www.ildceo.net/dceo/Bureaus/Entrepreneurship+and+Small+Business)
Experts, networks, tools and other opportunities transform your business into an appealing investment for lenders. That's where success begins. We partner with well-respected business development organizations and educational institutions that work with clients who have the vision and potential to become a high-growth enterprise. Whether your company employs two people or 102, we can help you Connect Outside The Box - it's a new way of thinking that extends beyond your own knowledge and experience to activate the possibilities!
- Association of Small Business Development Centers (http://asbdc-us.org/Resources/SmallBusiness.html)
America's Small Business Development Center Network is the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories. The mission of the network is to help new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership, and assist existing businesses to remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy.
Center for Entrepreneurship
Illinois Small Business Development Center
2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 201
Lisle, IL 60532
Martha Carney, Program Manager
Phone: (630) 942-2771
Fax: (630) 505-4931
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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