Business Resources

Data (by County) – 2017-2022

Workforce Resources

Business Employment Skills Team, Inc. (BEST, Inc.) is a non-profit agency that administers federally-funded programs such as Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) in Bureau, Carroll, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Putnam and Whiteside Counties. With offices in 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.
Reach them at BEST, Inc.

Small Business Resources

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Sauk Valley Community College supports hundreds of businesses, through providing free counseling services and valued assistance to launch dreams, secure financing, and increase profitability. 

The Illinois Department of Commerce Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology – ‘Starting a Business in Illinois" Spanish-language guide.

NWILED Business Financing Programs Guide

NWILED's Business Financing Programs Guide details local, state, and federal programs. 


Grant & Incentive Resources