Starting Your Business in Illinois

This is your one-stop resource for starting a business in Central Illinois. Here you will find six steps you should take to launch your business and links to getting assistance, training, resources, and meeting other entrepreneurs. Bradley University’s Turner Center for Entrepreneurship and the Illinois Small Business Development Center are committed to supporting your startup success!


Starting a Business in Illinois Workshop

Sign up for this workshop to learn all the important steps and tips you need to know before you start a business. Topics include how to get a business name registered, choosing your legal form, understanding sales and business income taxes, business plans, and getting money for your startup. There is no cost for the workshop.

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Meet with Our Advisers

We have a team of advisers ready to offer one-on-one assistance as you start your business. Our advising is at no-cost and confidential. Our advisers have access to specialized tools and databases to help you succeed.

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Will Your Startup Succeed?

Targeting your early-adopters helps your marketing efforts to ensure early success in your startup. Taking a personal inventory of needs and wants to help you understand the personal constraints you might have in starting the business.

Explore both these topics and other topics to help further develop your idea.

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Getting Money for Your Startup

Financing is the process of acquiring funds for business operation activities. As the old saying goes, “Cash is King.” But the question is, when and how does a start-up business go about obtaining financing?

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Connect with the Entrepreneurship Community

You do not have to be alone in your start-up journey. This will link you to other entrepreneurship resources and organizations.

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Resources to Start a Business and Training

Ready to learn more? We have many resources you may use to learn more about starting a business, and training on specific business topics.

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