Crain’s Chicago Business
CNN Money
Fast Company
Franchising World
My Business Magazine


Startup Nation: Open for Business
by Jeff Sloan and Rich Sloan

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business
by Edward Paulson

Start Your Own Business: The Only Start-up Book You’ll Ever Need
by Rivera Lesonsky

Guide to Producing a Business Plan
by Ernest & Young (free copy available online)

102 Books on Finance

Web sites

Government (local, state & federal)
The official business link to the US Government – guides you through the maze of government rules and regulations and provides access to services and resources to help you start, grow, and succeed in business.
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is charged with enhancing Illinois’ economic competitiveness by providing technical and financial assistance to businesses, local governments, workers and families. The agency actively promotes the state’s business-friendly policies, highly productive workers, and entrepreneurial spirit — attributes that helped Illinois win Site Selection magazine’s Governor’s Cup as the top state in the nation for business development.

Whatever you want or need from the U.S. government, it’s here on You’ll find a rich treasure of online information, services and resources.
The Illinois Offices are responsible for the delivery of SBA’s many programs and services to 102 counties in Illinois. Our offices are located in Chicago and Springfield.
The Illinois Business Portal can help you at any stage in your business life cycle. Whether you are starting a new business, running a business, or changing an existing business, this site can help you get the answers you need.

Illinois Small Business Advisor
Quick access to proposed rules and regulations, changes in requirements, and provides information on recently adopted legislation that could have an impact on your business.
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. MBDA is the only federal agency created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses in America. MBDA is an entrepreneurially focused and innovative organization committed to wealth creation in minority communities. The Agency’s mission is to actively promote the growth and competitiveness of large, medium and small minority business enterprises (MBEs). MBDA actively coordinates and leverages public and private-sector resources that facilitate strategic alliances in support of its mission.
Ilinois Small Business Development Center

Business Insurance

Your ultimate guide to workforce issues. Sign-up for e-newsletters.

LogoWorks provides high-quality, affordable logo design for small businesses.

Franchise Resources
Dedicated to providing one-stop shopping for franchise information.

Business Entity
Online Incorporation and LLC formation.

Advice and information on tax strategies, retirement planning and business plans for entrepreneurs and individual investors.

InvestorWords is the premier financial glossary on the web, helping millions of individuals understand and keep up-to-date with the terms that they need to know in order to succeed in today’s financial world.

Commercial Property Listings
MergerPlace, part of the Entrepreneur’s Place community, is the Internet’s fastest growing and most popular Business for Sale Multiple Listing Service.

Online Magazines is a local business portal founded by Crain Communications Inc., publisher of more than 25 special interest publications (see links below), including Crain’s Chicago Business — the nation’s pre-eminent regional business newspaper.
Business Week Online – Small Business
Entrepreneur’s Magazine free book store (order free books for a limited time).

Small Business Start-up & Ongoing Support

The Wall Street Journal’s center for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Free online tool to write a business plan.

Everything you need to start, grow and manage your online business. You can find domain name registration, web hosting, e-commerce, marketing tools and more.

The National Business Association is dedicated to educating and assisting the Self-Employed and Small Business community.

Illinois Entrepreneur Network – Everything you need to succeed.
SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is America’s premier source of free & confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs.
Expert advice on all aspects of starting and growing a business. Sign-up for newsletter.
The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is a nationally and internationally recognized not-for-profit organization established in 1986 to work with women to launch new businesses and strengthen existing businesses in the Chicago area. Provides Woman Owned Business Certification.

Better Business Bureau
Better Business Bureau – Chicago

Illinois State Bar Association

Chambers of Commerce

Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce
The National Black Chamber of Commerce

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Business Loans
Count Me In champions the cause for women’s economic independence by providing access to business loans, consultation and education

Office Products & Services

Office Depot Women in Business – Mission is to provide superior products, services and business solutions to all businesswomen
Provides Conference Calls services.