Small Business Resources

Writing a business plan? Need help determining competitors or locating suppliers? Looking to expand your customer base?
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Entrepreneurs need access to effective resources to start, manage, and grow their businesses. Current and prospective business owners will find valuable information in NPL online resources and selected websites. Click here to access free premium online resources for your small business, including AtoZ Database, LexisNexis, Business Insights: Essentials, Business Source Complete, and Gale Directory Library. To learn more about the Library's premium business resources, use the Company & Industry Research section.

The following free government and nonprofit websites provide information on business planning, registration, licenses, development, and marketing.

Federal

U.S. Small Business Administration
Site of the U.S. Small Business Administration, providing resources and information to start and manage your business.

IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center  Forms and tax information for starting and operating a business, with information on workshops and educational resources.

U.S. Department of Commerce
News, fact sheets, opinion, economic indicators.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Search patents, trademarks, IP law and policy.

SCORE
Nonprofit association helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed.

U.S. Census Bureau
Population characteristics, business and industry statistics.

OnGuard Online Small Business
Protect your data, network, and IT systems with cybersecurity help from the FTC.

State

Illinois Business Portal   Information on starting, running, expanding, or relocating a business in Illinois.

Illinois Small Business Development Center  Guidance, training, and advice for new and existing small businesses.

Illinois Department of Employment Security
Information for individuals, employers, and workforce partners.

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Review proposed regulations, new training, and licensing requirements for your profession.

Illinois Department of Revenue-Businesses
Tax credits, business registration, filing information.

Illinois Secretary of State Business Services
Centralized repository for business filings.

Illinois Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit
Easy online system for registering newly created jobs.

Local

SCORE Fox Valley
Free mentoring and low-cost workshops for current and prospective business owners.

DuPage County Clerk
Information on business licenses and business name registration.

Will County Clerk
Instructions on filing Assumed Business Name.

City of Naperville Permits & Licenses
Forms for Naperville businesses.

Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce
Largest suburban Chamber in Illinois.

College of DuPage Center for Entrepreneurship
Part of a statewide network of small business resource providers.