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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois and Chicago Firms

This guide has been created for any students wishing to research the business environment and business potential in Illinois or the Chicago area.

Getting Started

Offers links to data and statistics, laws and regulations, business forms, finance and tax information, among other useful business information for the State of Illinois. 

Includes vital information for starting/buying a business in Illinois.

From the Discover linked page, click on the red GO button next to GALE DATABASES. If you are working off campus, you will be asked to provide your NetID and password.

Click the Sample Business Plans button on the homepage to view over 500 actual business plans; enter keywords to narrow the results. Click on the How to... button or the Business Topics button, then click on a topic and select Overview to get guidance from small business encyclopedias and handbooks.

The US government's portal for small business services.

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