Starting a Business

These resources will help you plan, start and market a small business
Starting Your Business in Illinois | Handbook from the Illinois Department of Commerce
Steps to Starting a Business | U.S. Small Business Administration
Illinois WorkNet | Links to starting and funding a business
Starting a Small Business | Illinois Legal Aid has numerous links, guides, articles and videos.

Creating a Business Plan
How to Write a Business Plan | U.S. Small Business Administration
Business Startup and Management Publications | Illinois Small Business Development Center

Library Resources
Library card required when using outside sources.
Consumer Reports
First Search
Legal Self Help Center
Reference Solutions
Value Line

Library Catalog
To find small business books, select “Search by Category”, click “Business & Industry”, and click “Small Business”. If we don’t have the specific title that you are looking for, remember that we can Inter-Library Loan most items with your Peoria Public Library card.
Suggested search terms include:
Small business
Sales
Marketing
Business finance
Business law
Project management

Downloadable Media Catalog
To find business ebooks, click “Advanced Search”, click the “Subject” dropdown menu, then select “Business”.

Forms

Employer Identification Number Online Application
Federal Tax Information
Illinois Tax Information
Forms for Illinois Businesses

Local Resources

Click on the links below to learn more about our local business resources.

Other Resources