Small Business


Grants & Opportunities

Energy Savings
ComEd's Small Business Energy Savings (SBES) Program provides incentives up to 75%. ComEd offers guidance and assistance to small business owners, looking to make their business more energy efficient. To find out what the ComEd has to offer small businesses, please call 855-433-2700 or visit their website

Advantage Illinois helps accelerate investments and ease the credit crunch for small businesses, thanks to more than $78 million from the federal State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. Advantage Illinois consists of three programs to spur institutional lending to small businesses and one program to leverage private venture capital in start-ups and high-growth businesses. For more information, please see the attached flyer or click here.  

The SBIR Program
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs. For more information, please see the website.  

Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR)
STTR is an important small business program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small business and the nation's premier nonprofit research institutions. STTR's most important role is to foster the innovation necessary to meet the nation's scientific and technological challenges in the 21st century. Click here for more information.

Resources

The Small Business Development Center at the College of DuPage can assist local businesses with free one-on-one advice on management, financials, marketing and operations. The Center also offers a number of training opportunities throughout the year. Please, visit their website.

Please visit the DCEO website for publications to help you start and grow your business.

JSH&A Communications, a Chicago-based marketing communications agency, has officially launched a new practice area – ON MESSAGE – designed to help companies communicate clearly and effectively in an ever changing media world. Former White House Communications Director, Kevin Sullivan will help lead this practice for the agency, said Jim Kokoris, president of JSH&A. ON MESSAGE will offer a number of different training sessions, designed to meet a variety of needs. If your business’ last media or presentation training session was more than one year ago, it might be time to bring yourself up to speed. For more information, contact Jim Kokoris at 630.932.7908 or jim@jsha.com.

For a list of local area Small Business Development Centers please click here