Doing business in the Illinois District

Business Requirements

SBA’s Business Guide lists the requirements needed to start, grow, and expand your business. Since laws and taxes vary by state, here’s what you need to do before starting your business in our area.

Business name and registration

Register your business name with the county clerk where your business is located. If you are a corporation, you will also need to register with the Secretary of State.

Business licensing and zoning

Licenses are typically administered by a variety of state and local departments. It is important to consider zoning regulations when choosing a site for your business. Contact the local business license office where you plan to locate your business. You may not be permitted to conduct business out of your home or engage in industrial activity in a retail district.

Taxes

Illinois Taxpayer Assistance Centers
230 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, Il 60604
Phone: 312-292-4912

Illinois Taxpayer Service Center
100 W. Randolph St., Seventh Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Phone: 800-732-8866

Health and safety

Illinois Department of Labor
160 N. LaSalle, 13th Floor., Suite C
Chicago, Il 60601
Phone: 312-793-2800

Illinois OSHA
701 Lee St., Suite 950
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Phone: 847-227-1700

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Local assistance

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SBA lending in our area

  • Loan programs

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    Learn more about SBA's 7(a) loans, 504 loans, and microloans that you can use for your business.
  • Local lenders

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    Download a list of participating lenders in our area.
  • Lender Match

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    Describe your business needs and get matched with an SBA-backed lender in your area.
  • Lending activity reports

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    View 7(a) and 504 lending activity reports from our district.

Additional local resources

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Last updated July 13, 2022