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One-on-One no Cost Business Advising

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at PRCC offers no-cost advising and is dedicated to helping new and established entrepreneurs access networks and resources to grow their business and achieve long-term growth.

Our Services:

  • Business Plan Assistance
  • Market Expansion
  • Marketing Analysis
  • Financial Analysis and Planning
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Strategic Planning
  • Assistance Accessing Capital
  • Industry Research
  • E-Commerce Strategies
  • Web Integration Development
  • Workplace Safety Protection

Resource for Business Owners

First steps to starting a business:

  1. Business Plan: Creating a plan will give you a detailed analysis of each phase of your business.
  2. Market Research: Using the Census Business Builder you will be able to view consumer and business data, potential customers, and a summary of existing businesses. Visit https://cbb.census.gov/sbe.
  3. Logistics:
    • Business Licensing and Zoning: The Illinois Department of Financial Professional Regulation is the main licensing agency for the state of Illinois. Visit: https://www.idfpr.com/
    • Name Registration: You must register your business name with the county clerk where your business is located. Visit: https://www.cookcountyclerk.
    • Taxes: The IRS Small Business and Self-Employment Tax Center offers information on obtaining an Employer Identification Number, paying and filing income taxes, virtual workshops, forms and publications. Visit go.usa.gov/xPxYR.
We offer free consulting. Our certified consultants have extensive experience in financial analysis and the banking sector. They will help you prioritize your company’s needs and establish a roadmap to take you to the next level.
  1. Schedule an appointment.
    We will offer you consulting in:
    • Business Analysis
    • Financing Proposal
    • Financial Projections
    • Financial Analysis
    • Re-Structuring Plan
    • Marketing Plan
    • Baldrige Performance Excellence Model
    • Strategic Plan
  2. Attend Training for Growth: At the SBDC we offers workshops throughout the year, with essential topics to accelerate the growth of your business. From cash flow management, digital media, marketing, human resources, among others.
  3. Review the following as you plan your business growth:
    • Prepare a plan to grow.
    • Review your operational plan
    • Analyze the capabilities of your workgroup
    • Assess your market
    • Write a financial plan