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Up and Running: Start Planning for Your Business Today

March 12, 2018

Use Illinois workNet as your planning tool to find information and resources for starting your own business or helping your business grow.

  • Employers can use labor market information to make strategic decisions about their business and industry. In addition to some of the information below, you may want to link to the Illinois Department of Employment Security Labor Market Information to identify long-term employment trends, largest employers within your industry, and more.
  • Part of having your own business involves dealing with business financing, funding, and lending. Find government-backed loans, venture capital, and research grants to help you get started.  Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity​ (DCEO) has a step-by-step guide, Starting a Business in Illinois, as well as resources and tools ranging from financing a business to locations available for a business.
  • Learn to leverage social media as a means of expanding your customer base by watching our Illinois workNet webinar series.
  • Recognizing that small businesses are the backbone of the Illinois economy, there are a number of tax credits and incentives to help boost your business.
Read through the articles below to get started on forming your business plan. If you're looking for more resources, check out DCEO's First Stop Business Information Center, your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC), or workNet's Tips, Tools, & Resources section.

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