Chicago Resources for small businesses

I attended the City of Chicago’s One Hour Mentor Program yesterday, featuring a panel of entrepreneurs and representatives from city organizations discussing starting and growing a small business. In addition to emphasizing the importance of having (and following) a strong business plan, they spoke about obtaining financing for start-ups and established businesses. All three organizations offer small business loan/microloan programs, as well as small business counseling, workshops and seminars (many free of charge). Several of the organizations also have business plan competitions. Visit the websites for more information.

Chicago small business resources