Links

Publications

Crain’s Chicago Business
BusinessWeek
CNN Money
Entrepreneur
Fast Company
Franchising World
INC.
My Business Magazine

Books

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
from OnlineFinanceDegree.org

Web sites

Government (local, state & federal)

www.business.gov
The official business link to the US Government – Business.gov 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.

www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/
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.

www.firstgov.gov

Whatever you want or need from the U.S. government, it’s here on FirstGov.gov. You’ll find a rich treasure of online information, services and resources.

www.irs.gov/businesses

www.sba.gov/il/
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.

www.business.illinois.gov
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.

www.mbda.gov
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.

http://www.sbdc.ilstu.edu/
Ilinois Small Business Development Center

Business Insurance
www.businessinsurance.com

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

Marketing
www.logoworks.com
LogoWorks provides high-quality, affordable logo design for small businesses.

Franchise Resources

www.franchise.org/
Dedicated to providing one-stop shopping for franchise information.

Business Entity

www.bizfilings.com/
Online Incorporation and LLC formation.

Investment/Tax/Retirement

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

www.investorwords.com

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

www.loopnet.com

www.mergerplace.com/
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
www.chicagobusiness.com
ChicagoBusiness.com 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.

www.crain.com

www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/index.html
Business Week Online – Small Business

www.entrepreneur.com/

www.inc.com

www.blackenterprise.com

www.ey.com

www.fastcompany.com

www.greenbiz.com/

www.mybusinessmag.com

www.myownbusiness.com

www.free-bookstore.com/cgi-bin/bookstore/index.html
Entrepreneur’s Magazine free book store (order free books for a limited time).

Small Business Start-up & Ongoing Support

www.startupjournal.com

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

www.thebeehive.org

Free online tool to write a business plan.

www.smallbusiness.yahoo.com/

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.

www.nationalbusiness.org

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.

www.score.org
SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is America’s premier source of free & confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs.

www.startupnation.com
Expert advice on all aspects of starting and growing a business. Sign-up for newsletter.

www.wbdc.org
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
www.chicago.bbb.org/
Better Business Bureau – Chicago

Legal
www.illinoisbar.org/
Illinois State Bar Association

Chambers of Commerce

Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce

www.nationalbcc.org
The National Black Chamber of Commerce

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Business Loans

www.count-me-in.org
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

www.freeconference.com
Provides Conference Calls services.