Business Startup and Management Publications
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Some of these publications are also available free by calling the IEN Business Information Center at 1-800-252-2923.
Small Business Resource Guide
Starting Your Business in Illinois
A Simple Guide to Your Company’s Financial Statements
The Small Business Owner’s Guide To Financial Control
Understanding Commercial Lending: The Question and Answer Guide
A Simple Guide To Your Small Business Marketing Plan
The Small Business Report Card: Is Your Business Making The Grade?
Buying & Selling A Small Business
The Plan: A Step-By-Step Business Plan Workbook
Commercial Real Estate
E-Commerce Business Profile
The e-Commerce business profile guides the reader in understanding how to effectively use the Internet in order to expand their business.
Retail Startup Profile
Grocery/Convenience Store Start-up
This free guide was written to provide future grocery/convenience store entrepreneurs with the resources needed to facilitate the start-up process and lend support to existing stores.
This free guide provides future restaurateurs with the resources needed to facilitate the start-up process and give support to existing restaurant owners.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Construction Tax Center
Child Care Startup Profiles
Starting A Center-Based Child Care Program
If you're thinking about starting a childcare center in your community, download this useful guide to planning a successful program. It will teach you how to obtain proper licensing, develop a business plan, hire employees and lots more.
Starting A Community Child Care Program
For communities that lack ample or quality childcare, we've created this guide to help devoted parents or parenting groups build a childcare system in their community. Download the guide to learn about building teams, exploring tax-exempt status and other important issues.
Starting A Family Home Child Care Program
If you're thinking about becoming a family home childcare provider, there's no doubt that Illinois needs you. This guide can help you plan a successful home childcare business with useful resources on acquiring licensing, creating budgets, preparing meal programs and more.
Employer Options for Child Care Programs
This publication outlines available options for assisting employees with child care, as well as provides agency and organizational contacts who can provide technical assistance to employers throughout this process.
Winery Startup Profile
As the wine industry in Illinois continues to grow each year, the First Stop Business Information Center is making it easier for new and existing wineries to flourish. Included in this comprehensive guide are up-to-date industry facts, market and sales data as well as a business plan workbook created specifically for wineries. Cheers!
Resource Directory for Minorities, Women, Veterans and Disabled Persons
Below are three publications offered by the Illinois Attorney General's Franchise Bureau to assist franchisors wanting to sell franchises in Illinois and prospective franchisees who want to buy a franchise.