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State & Federal Business Assistance
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's (DCEO) Bureau of Business Development administers programs and services designed to help Illinois businesses thrive. They offer expansion incentives, technology support services, access to capital, global marketing expertise, and job training and education for workers. This includes a strong emphasis on programs designed to provide small businesses, particularly minority and female entrepreneurs, with the resources they need to succeed and grow their business opportunities. Individual bureaus within the department provide different assistance including grants, assistance with foreign trade, and information on Illinois tax structure and tax assistance

Illinois Income Tax Credits for Small Employers
If you employ 50 or fewer full-time employees (counting all locations), jobs created through 6/30/16 which pay no less than $10/hour would be eligible for an Illinois Tax Credit.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security
Illinois workforce services include job placement and referrals, unemployment insurance, employment and training programs, career and labor market information, payroll tax filing, and more.

Illinois Finance Authority
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, agriculture and local government units statewide. IFA approves about $3 billion in project financing each year—projects approved in 2004 are expected to generate over 3,600 new permanent jobs and another 7,700 construction jobs in Illinois when completed. IFA offers many programs.

Upper Illinois River Valley Development Authority
The Upper Illinois River Valley Development Authority is a general development agency serving the Counties of Bureau, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Marshall, McHenry and Putnam. UIRVDA can issue bonds that can finance capital improvements and can reduce the rate of interest.

Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

SCORE Fox Valley
Founded in 1964, SCORE is a local nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs through workshops and a free face-to-face mentor program with several meeting locations in the area.