State Resources for Small Business
State of Illinois Direct link to Springfield and the Official State directory with links to state agencies, educational institutions, tourism, libraries and the legislature.
Illinois Secretary of State Plenty of official Illinois information as well as a wealth of other links to Illinois government agencies and departments that make their services and information available on the Internet.
Illinois Chamber of Commerce An advocate and resource for Illinois businesses, with 4,500 members across the state representing diversity of business.
Illinois Commerce Commission Illinois business rules & regulations including consumer issues, public utilities, public safety & convenience as well as many reports on hot topics such as power outages, area code changes, employment opportunities etc.
Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs A vast network of business assistance programs to meet the needs of small businesses in Illinois.
I.D.E.S. Illinois Department of Employment Security
Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) Represents small stores and national chains in the Illinois area. Offers educational seminars, legislative services, and programs for businesses.
State of Illinois Corporate Name Availability Sear You can receive a preliminary check of corporate name availability at this State run site. By checking the database (updated weekly), they can tell you if the name appears to be used by another company registered to do business in Illinois. Click here to go directly to the states Corporate Name Database
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Much information here, select from a directory including land pollution, water pollution, air pollution and citizens actions. Visit the kids section for educational fun for kids.
Chicagoland Environmental Network Chicagoland Environmental Network (CEN) is an environmental resource on environmental issues, volunteer opportunities, organizations, and resources in northeastern Illinois. CEN includes over 210 participating environmental organizations and agencies. (website in progress)