Will County Center for Economic Development
116 N. Chicago St.- Suite 101 - Joliet, IL 60432
tel: 815/723-1800 fax: 815/723-6972
contactus@willcountyced.com

Small Business Assistance

ATTRACTED BY LOW TAXES AND FEES,
AFFORDABLE REAL ESTATE,
AND THE EASE OF DOING BUSINESS IN WILL COUNTY,
SMALL  BUSINESS FINDS A WEALTH OF ASSISTANCE THROUGH

Small Business Development Centers at:

*Joliet Junior College                                       
      - www.sbdcjjc.om

*Governors State University       
      - www.centerpointgsu.com

*Will-Kankakee Regional
Development Authority 
      -  www.wkrda.com

TODAY, MANY ENTREPRENEURS AND OVER 55,000
SMALL BUSINESSES CALL WILL COUNTY HOME.

 

Where can I go for help?
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US Government – helpful websites


BusinessUSA is One-Stop Government Business Assistance

It is the first fully-integrated federal government website designed for America’s small businesses and exporters. Equip your business with the best tools and information available to support job growth, innovation and America’s competitiveness.

www.business.usa.gov

State Small Business Credit Initiative
A component of the Small Business Jobs Act President Obama signed into law.
http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sb-programs/Pages/ssbci.aspx

***Read about the Small Business Tax Incentive in the Fiscal Cliff Deal here... 
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 State of Illinois – helpful websites
http://www.business.illinois.gov/illinois_offer.cfm

llinois Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit
The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Illinois and must be nurtured. That's why Governor Quinn proposed and worked with the Illinois General Assembly to pass the Illinois Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit. The tax credit gives small business owners an extra boost to grow their business over the five years. After creating one or more new, full-time positions that meet the eligibility requirements, small businesses can register to receive a $2,500 per job tax credit. Follow the link below for more information.
http://jobstaxcredit.illinois.gov/

 

Illinois Small Business Development Center (1-500 employees)
The SBDC's are an interconnected network and you are welcome to seek assistance from any location

 

The Weekly Connection : Resources for Small Business
SBDC Weekly Connection 08-05-2013
SBDC Weekly Connection 07-08-2013
SBDC Weekly Connection 06-17-2013
SBDC Weekly Connection 06-10-2013
SBDC Weekly Connection 06-13-2013

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Business Resources for Entrepreneurs with a Disability
Click here for Links

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Joliet Junior College 
Small Business Development Center
The Small Business Development Center mission is to provide free management assistance and advice to aid emerging and existing small businesses as they develop.

The Small Business Development Center mission is to provide management assistance and advice to aid small businesses as they develop.

Services include:   
     Consulting - planning, marketing, financing, start-up questions, applying for Minority and Women-owned Business status
     Referrals -   connecting entrepreneurs with specialists in import/export, government contracts, applying for patents, insurance, human resources, other specialized areas
     Specialized Counseling - free counseling (one-on-one) in social media, web design, accounting, Quickbooks, and more
     Training - Cloud computing, engagement marketing, public relations, and many other areas 
Business & Training
Corporate & Community Services is your one-stop provider of training, offering an array of solutions that will enhance your performance--regardless of your industry--and generate real results. 

Workforce Development
Workforce Development at Joliet Junior College is committed to encouraging local economic development by cultivating partnerships to provide comprehensive services to the Will and Grundy County workforce.

Community Education
Community Education designs, develops and implements a wide array of non-credit classes that enrich the lives of all ages, including youth and mature adults. Program Coordinators collaborate with area businesses and instructors to ensure the delivery of innovative programming as well as traditional classes and lectures.

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CenterPoint at Governors State University (big help for small business)…  
Create an environment that nurtures entrepreneurship throughout the region: to develop, finance, grow and improve the business community through high quality professional services and training and developing public and private partnerships to support all aspects of entrepreneurial development.

www.centerpointgsu.com
Brochure
Available Resources (including financial)
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Workforce Investment Board of Will County (WIB) 
The Workforce Investment Board of Will County brings together a myriad of employment, training, and educational services, transforming them into a comprehensive and easily accessed system that supports the development of a world-class workforce.  The Board builds the workforce system to develop quality employees for employers and to develop quality opportunities for employees.  This system makes it easy for business to make connections with a qualified pool of applicants and to access other workforce development services.  This system is also intended to make it easy for people to learn about and access a broad range of employment, education, and related services.

www.willcountyworkforceboard.com
Employer Resource Guide
Reports and Updates
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US & IL Small Business Administration (SBA) 
The SBA offers educational, financial and training programs, advisory services, and publications free or at a nominal fee. The agency also offers specialized programs for women business owners, minorities, veterans, international trade and rural development.

Illinois SBA District Office
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Illinois Entrepreneurship Network (IEN)
The Illinois Entrepreneurship Network (IEN) is made up of Entrepreneurship Centers, Small Business Development Centers, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, International Trade / NAFTA Centers, Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, Small Business Incubators, the Office of Minority Business Development and the Office of Women's Business Development. Training courses and free one-on-one counseling are offered through IEN.

Illinois Entrepreneurship Network
IEN Resources
IEN Business Information Center
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Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Counselors to America’s Small Business
SCORE and the SBA conduct seminars throughout Illinois on starting and running a business, as well as provide individual counseling.

www.score.org
www.score.org/how_score_works.html
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Business and Industry Data Centers (BIDC)
BIDC affiliates use census information and other economic and demographic data to help small business owners plan, manage and expand their businesses. Demographic information that is available includes the population, including age, race, and sex, income and the labor force in a given area. Accessible economic information includes the number and kinds of businesses, employment, payroll and sales information.

http://www.ildceo.net/dceo/Bureaus/Facts_Figures/Illinois_Census_Data/
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Illinois Finance Authority -- IFA 
The Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) is a self-financed, state authority principally engaged in issuing taxable and tax-exempt bonds, making loans, and investing capital for businesses, non-profit corporations, and local government units statewide.

www.il-fa.com