These organizations offer opportunities that will connect you to other business owners, answer your questions, and help guide your next steps through convenient meet-ups or virtual learning from the comfort of your home or office!

Starting a Business in Illinois Workshop
This free, three-hour workshop conducted by the Small Business Development Center is a great place to learn the basics of business ownership in Illinois. Topics covered during the class include business name registration, getting a tax ID number, licenses & permits, legal forms, sales tax, estimated quarterly income tax, employee taxes, financing your business, preparing a business plan, state and local requirements, and legal structure.

Peoria SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of the entrepreneur. SCORE Counselors have backgrounds and experience in a wide variety of areas.


U.S. Small Business Administration Learning Center
The SBA Learning Center is a virtual campus providing quality and targeted online training to meet the information needs of prospective and existing small business owners.