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Business Plans


Will Your New Company Thrive?
Enloop helps you evaluate the likelihood of success for your idea for a new company. 

Local Help Right Here in Chicago
SCORE Chicago is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Use this site for many helpful tips and tricks on business plans.

Business Plans and Marketing Plans
Business Plan Pro provides business plan and marketing software for entrepreneurs. These cost money, but they’re very helpful.




The Basics on Microfinance
Learn more about microfinancers, very small loans from nonprofit organizations for new small firms, on CNN Money.

Some popular microfinancing/lender sites:

Raise Funds for a Small Start-up
ProFounder helps small entrepreneurs and businesses find and access investors.

Teen Entrepreneurs
This incubator provides hands-on instruction and mentorship to help aspiring teen entrepreneurs see their ideas become a viable business.

Government Grants for Small Business
SCORE Chicago offers four potential options for obtaining government grants.

Help Applying for a Small Business Loan
From requesting an appropriate amount to touting your talents, SCORE Chicago helps you apply for a small business loan.

Local TIF and Your Business
Learn how Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues can help small business owners within specific districts to repair or remodel their facilities:

Free Chicago Facade Improvement
Facade funding from the City of Chicago provides improvements for neighborhood businesses through financial and technical aid.


Working with the City of Chicago


Three Simple Steps to Apply for a Business License
The City of Chicago walks you through what it takes to get a business licence, including registering with the Illinois Secretary of State, getting a federal Employer Identification Number, application fees, and more. You can also call 311 for assistance.

Get the Most from the City of Chicago Site
"City Services" on the left-hand side of the City of Chicago website is an easy way to find online answers for your small business. Below are a few examples.


Energy Costs


Save on Electricity Expenses
ComEd suggests how to save on small business energy costs.

Save on Gas Expenses
People’s Gas has several ways to assist business owners in increasing their energy efficiency.




Landing New Customers
If you have wondered why potential customers haven’t converted, a detailed article illustrating the concept of a “sales funnel” can help provide the answer:


General Advice


How Strong Small Businesses Get Ahead
If you are going to spend, let it be on technology, and other helpful tips for keeping your business strong.

Blog for Entrepreneurs
Ann Dwyer writes about ideas and news for local entrepreneurs in her blog for Crain’s Chicago Business.

Find training and internet access near you

Use the City of Chicago's mapping tool to find libraries and other locations with free services.

Tech Locator