Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is a community of business and civic leaders working on behalf of Chicagoland businesses. Members represent a diverse cross-section of our economy, including small and emerging businesses, mid-market companies, large corporations, and multi-nationals.

About

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Chicagoland Chamber is funded through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The Centers have served over 1,063,416 pre-venture and existing small businesses and have assisted clients secure access to over $3.25 Billion in debt and equity business financing.

Chamber membership is not required to take advantage of SBDC services. Start a new business or grow your existing business with expert advice, workshops and resources. Plus, if you need help dealing with local government, you’ve come to the right place. The Illinois SBDC at the Chicagoland Chamber has already helped 600 small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Receive assistance with:
  • Business planning.
  • Guidance on business financing.
  • Market research and marketing plans.
  • Developing new markets.
  • Dealing with local government.
  • Connections to additional resources.
  • Import/export resources.
  • Upgrading your technology tools.

Services

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Diversification
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Government Funding
  • Grant Funding
  • Loans
  • Microloans
  • Technology Grants

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Apprenticeship
  • Employee Development
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Insurance
  • Policies and Templates
  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives
  • Workforce Training

Import and Export Assistance

  • Certification and Licensing
  • Trade Education and Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Employee Relations
  • Forming a Business
  • Labor Relations
  • Lease Review
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Website Development

Mentoring

  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • Industry Specific
  • International Trade
  • Small Business/General

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • City Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business
  • LGBT Business Issues
  • Small Business Policy
  • State Business Issues
  • Women's Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Certification
  • Government Requirements
  • Patent Information
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Registration Assistance

Space

  • Coworking

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Website Development

Training

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactStacey Pitts Caldwell
Addresss410 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone(312) 494-6790