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State of Illinois

www.ienconnect.com (Illinois Entrepreneurship Network’s “Knowledgebase System” of the Business Information Center/BIC; comprehensive info and support for businesses and pre-ventures; this site and the one below

www.illinoisworknet.com provides complete assistance, guidance links to every resource imaginable for the business community)

www.illinoisworknet.com (click on Businesses section for compliance, employee training resources and recruitment, tax filing and registration info, IDES info including filing and payments on-line and much more)

www.business.illinois.gov/taxes  (State of Illinois Business Portal)

https://taxnet.ides.state.il.us/(the website for state of Illinois tax info)


U.S. Government

www.business.gov (U.S. government business portal)

www.score.org (SCORE’s official site; a great source of business information, guidance and assistance)

www.sba.gov (Small Business Administration)

www.sba.gov/sbir (SBA Office of Technology)

www.sba.gov/oit (SBA Office of International Trade)

www.sba.gov/training (SBA on-line training/Small Business Training Network-SBTN)

www.sba.gov/sdb (small disadvantaged business information)

http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed (Small Business Tax Information)

www.loc.gov (U.S. Library of Congress)

www.census.gov (two sections in particular, one is “business & industry” and the second is their “data tools” regarding demographics and maps; great tools for market research)

www.census.gov/epcd/www/naics.html (North American Industry Classification System)

www.dol.gov/ (Dept. of Labor)

http://www.dol.gov/compliance/topics/posters.htm  (Wage & Hour Division required postings for employees)

www.bls.gov/ (Dept. of Labor statistics)

www.uspto.gov (U.S. Patent & Trademark Office)

www.cdc.gov/nchs (National Center for Health Stats)

www.cfed.org (Corporation for Enterprise Development; helping Americans start businesses)


Various Business Information & Resources

www.zapdata.com (Dunn & Bradstreet’s sales and marketing solutions; business information)

www.inc.com (Inc. Magazine’s site for articles and data)

www.howstuffworks.com/forms-samples (business and tax forms, e.g. W-4, spreadsheets statements and sample business plans)

www.businessplans.org (business plan samples, strategies and software)

www.bplans.com or www.biztools.com (both provide wide range of business plan information and structuring)

www.thomasregister.com (Industry connector and resource provider)

www.locationone.com (Searchable economic development database; buildings, sites & locations)

http://www.euromonitor.com/usa (International market intelligence on industries, countries, and consumers)

www.insurancenoodle.com (small business insurance; free quotes, info, etc.; represents large number insurance companies in regards to commercial property and casualty)


Credit Reporting Entities (*NOTE* you are entitled to one free report per year by law)




www.ftc.gov/freereports (The Federal Trade Commission site to ensure that you receive your FREE credit report from all three agencies listed below once every 12 months)


Associations & Organizations

www.nawbo.org/ (National Association of Women Business Owners)

www.nwbc.gov/ (National Women’s Business Council)

www.kauffman.org (wealth of information concerning business including market studies, benchmarks and trends, one of the world’s leading advocates of entrepreneurship)

www.edwardlowe.org (similar to the Kauffman Foundation site but with a focus on established businesses and their growth)

www.zoomprospector.com (research by state, county, city or a list of communities tailored to your criteria selected from a wide range of demographics; another great market research tool)

www.startupjournal.com (The Wall Street Journal’s small business info hub)


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