• Economic Development Resources

  • State of Illinois labelState of Illinois

    Find links to information and resources for starting, running, expanding, relocating, or closing a business.

  • DCEO logoIllinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

    The DCEO mission is to raise Illinois’ profile as a premier global business destination; and to provide a foundation for the economic prosperity of all Illinoisans, through coordination of business recruitment and retention, provision of essential capital to small businesses, investment in infrastructure and job training for a 21st century economy, and administration of state and federal grant programs.

  • Upper Illinos River Valley Development AuthorityUpper Illinois River Valley Development Authority

    The Upper Illinois River Valley Development Authority is a general development agency serving the Counties of Bureau, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Marshall, McHenry and Putnam. UIRVDA can issue bonds that can finance capital improvements and can reduce the rate of interest, such as industrial revenue, taxable revenue, local government, non-profit, and environmental bonds.  More

  • USDA Rural Development LogoUSDA Rural Development in Illinois

    USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. They offer loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing, health care, first-responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure.

    They promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. Visit their site.

  • SBDC logoAmerica's Small Business Development Center Illinois

    The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers free one-on-one business counseling services to future entrepreneurs and established business owners. If you own a business or are thinking of starting a business, the SBDC can help you.


  • Let's Go to Work!

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  • Whether you're looking for that perfect job, that perfect employee or information on an industry or workforce, IllinoisJobLink.com is for you.

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  • The Illinois Department of Employment Security encourages economic growth and stability in Illinois by providing Employment Services to Illinois residents and employers, analyzing and disseminating essential Labor Market Information, and administering Unemployment Insurance programs.


  • Business Employment Skills Team and NCI Works

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  • Business Employment Skills Team, Inc. (BEST, Inc.) is a non-profit agency that administers federally-funded programs such as Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in Bureau, Carroll, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Putnam and Whiteside Counties. With offices in Peru, Oglesby, Ottawa, Dixon, Princeton, Sterling, Oregon, Galena and Mt. Carroll its focus is assisting adults and youth gain meaningful employment through training, job search assistance and work experience.

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  • NCI Works is responsible for planning and coordinating the communities’ resources into a workforce development system.  This 47 member board is comprised of private sector employers as well as representatives from education, labor, and partnering public agencies from Bureau, Carroll, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Putnam and Whiteside Counties designated as Local Workforce Investment Area #4 (LWA #4.) Established under the guidance of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) this local workforce board’s goal is to provide leadership for a world class workforce system.