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Starting a Business
These resources will help you plan, start and market a small business
Starting Your Business in Illinois handbook from the Illinois Department of Commerce
Steps to Starting a Business U.S. Small Business Administration
Illinois WorkNet with links to starting and funding a business
Starting a Small Business 45-minute video, including Introduction, Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, etc., presented by Illinois Legal Aid
How Do I Start My Own Small Business? Illinois Legal Aid
Creating a Business Plan
Library Resources (library card required when using outside the library)
Databases Suggested databases include:
Business and Company Resource Center
Legal Self Help Center
To find small business books, select “Search by Category”, click “Business & Industry”, and click “Small Business”. If we don’t have the specific title that you are looking for, remember that we can Inter-Library Loan most items with your Peoria Public Library card. Suggested search terms include:
To find business ebooks, click “Advanced Search”, click the “Subject” dropdown menu, then select “Business”.
Illinois tax information from the Illinois Department of Revenue
Professional Licensing in Illinois
Licenses regulated by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation and the Department of Labor
Local and Area Business Resources
Turner Center for Small Business Bradley University
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Business Financial Services Peoria office
Heart of Illinois Better Business Bureau
Economic Development Council for Central Illinois
More Business Resources
Small Business Majority advocacy group founded and run by small business owners
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Illinois Secretary of State Business Services
SCORE free small business advice
U.S. Small Business Administration
OSHA's small business page
Wall Street Journal small business center
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