Business Resources

While we hope to be a great resource for you as you work to open your business, we have several local partners that you should reach out to as well. Some other resources you may find helpful are listed below.

Elgin Area Chamber

The Elgin Area Chamber helps local businesses with everything from creating your business plan to exposing you to a variety of other business leaders. As an advocate for business, the EAC serves its business members in a multitude of ways including managing and growing your business, networking opportunities, and workforce development. 

Elgin Development Group

The Elgin Development Group serves as a voice for those businesses that need assistance with everything from site location to permitting. As a partner in the Elgin Area Small Business Academy, the EDG works to support businesses from start to finish with everything from incentive program support to data and reporting. 

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The Downtown Neighborhood Association is a great resource for those folks interested in opening their business in downtown Elgin. The DNA can help you with commercial and residential real estate and permitting. They host a Farmer's Market as well as other events and have a downtown directory on their website. 

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The Elgin Area Tourism Bureau focuses on enhancing the economic and environmental wellbeing of the Fox River Valley through their marketing, advertising, and promotional efforts.  

Additional Resources

Cook County Government provides resources for business owners on policies and regulations set by the county..

Fox Valley SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than fifty years. Their local workshops connect small business owners with the people and information they need to start, grow and maintain their businesses, as well as online workshops available 24/7. They provide resources, templates and tools to assist entrepreneurs in developing the plans they need to succeed. .

The Gail Borden Public Library offers resources such as help with business plans and market research. Entrepreneurs and small business owners turn to them for their business needs, and they are happy to offer you resources in print, online, or in person. .

The Illinois Department of Commerce provide economic opportunities for businesses, entrepreneurs, and residents that improve the quality of life for all Illinoisans. They are focused on improving transparency and accountability, enhancing customer service, increasing Illinois’ competitiveness, advancing minority empowerment, modernizing Illinois’ workforce, and elevating our state’s promotional efforts..

Kane County Government provides resources for business owners on policies and regulations set by the county..

The Northwest Hispanic Chamber of Commerce NWHCC is committed on empowering professionals, businesses & community leaders to promote growth and economic development in the Northwest suburbs. They seek to empower Hispanic businesses and those interested in the Hispanic market, through Promotion, Education, Advocacy and community Collaboration..

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses.The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation..

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. Their members range from mom-and-pop shops and local chambers to leading industry associations and large corporations. They all share one thing—they count on the Chamber to be their voice in Washington, D.C..

The Women’s Business Development Center supports and accelerates business development and growth, targeting women and serving all diverse business owners, in order to strengthen their participation in, and impact on, the economy..

  1. 311 (contact for all non-emergency City services)


    Physical Address
    150 Dexter Ct.
    Elgin, IL 60120-5570

    Phone: 311 or 847-931-6001 if out of city limits