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.
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