Illinois Small Business Development Center

at Illinois Valley Community College

Business Resources

Business USA online resource for information about starting your business, expanding your business, exporting information.

entrepreneur.com   Business ideas and trends from Entrepreneur Magazine. The latest news, expert advice, and growth strategies for small business owners.

Business Training Center at Illinois Valley Community College provides consulting and training solutions that are designed to help to maintain a competitive and skilled workforce.

Constant Contact help all types of small businesses and organizations create professional-looking email newsletters and insightful online surveys and begin a dialogue with their customers.   

U.S. Census Bureau website where you can gather demographic information.

  Small Business Administration website containing information on starting & financing a small business.

Women's Business Center, directed at the special needs of women owned businesses.

 Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, the state agency responsible for assisting small businesses. Contains information, guides, loan program information, and referrals to other resources.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website, where you can obtain information and guides on preparing patent applications and trademarks. You can also search for existing patents and download forms.

IRS website where you can download and print every tax form and publication or ask questions.

Illinois Secretary of State website where you can search for corporate name availability and access incorporation forms.

Business Owner's Toolkit has many sample forms and guides for almost any business topic.

 Insure.com's small business section has a plain English explanation of insurance for small businesses.

Illinois Department of Revenue site where you can obtain information and forms on sales tax, income tax and more.

Missouri Small Business Development Centers Library is an excellent site containing links to many of resources on business plans, including sample plans.

Entrepreneur Connect is a social networking site for countless business owners.

Survey Monkey is a website for creating free surveys.

TradePub.com lists numerous publications you can subscribe to for free.

Word of Mouth Marketing Association, WOMMA, is where you will find the latest on marketing strategies  

Work.com features over 2,000 how-to guides for all business owners, big or small.


 Local Chambers throughout Bureau, LaSalle, & Putnam Counties




 City Websites

City of Spring Valley

 City of LaSalle

City of Peru

City of Oglesby

City of Ottawa

City of Streator

Local County Clerk Offices


LaSalle County Clerk

Bureau County Clerk

Putnam County Clerk


Other Resources

Illinois Department of Employment Security


U.S. Copyright Office


Resource links for the NAFTA Certificate of Origin


Franchise Registry


Energy Education Council





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