Illinois Business Resource

Our Illinois Business Resource is here to give new entrepreneurs in Illinois the essential information they need to be successful in the state, which offers them a very business-friendly climate. The Resource contains information about such important items as tax registration, business licenses, local permits, incorporation filing, doing business as (DBA), new hire reporting, insurance requirements and more.

Among the states, Illinois is ranked high for key economic indicators such as high-tech share of all businesses, growth in share of national exports, and business tax climate, and overall, seems to be growing economically now after experiencing a severe downturn due to economic recession. The situation seems fairly positive for individuals looking to begin small businesses in the Prairie State.

Strong sectors/industries in Illinois include high-tech, apparel/textiles, and business and financial services, but the state is currently working to promote and support the creation of new jobs and businesses in diverse sectors through the enactment of programs such as Illinois Jobs Now! and EDGE. The state is also actively promoting public- and private-sector cooperation to encourage economic development. Additionally, there is a concerted effort to provide support specifically to small businesses, with a large amount of funds being set aside specifically to help these firms, especially those in the high-tech sector. With all this activity, it appears that the future will bring increasing opportunities for those who want to start a small Illinois business.