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The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is here to be used as a resource for any new business owner in the Lakeview East area. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding starting a new business in the community. We have listed a number of resources available to asst you in starting your business.

City of Chicago – Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)

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The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection’s mission is “To promote and ensure a fair and vibrant marketplace for businesses and consumers.” BACP’s “one-stop-shop” for businesses provides business consultants to guide businesses through the government process.

View the Business Education Workshop Calendar for free workshops offered by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

121 N. La Salle St.
City Hall Rooms 805 and 1103
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-74-GOBIZ (744-6249)
Fax: 312-744-0246

Apply for a City of Chicago Business License

Apply for a City of Chicago Liquor License

Opening a restaurant? View the Restaurant Start Up Guide.

City of Chicago Small Business Center

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To support Chicago’s small business community, the City has provided a one-stop hub with news, education, and resources from across the City. Learn about initiatives, competitions, licenses, funding opportunities, business education, and fraud protection.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Illinois District Office

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (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. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same.

Citicorp Center
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1150
Chicago, Illinois 60661-2511
Phone: (312) 353-4528
Fax: (312) 886-5688

SCORE Chicago

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SCORE ‘Counselors to America’s Small Business’ is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. Both working and retired executives and business owners donate their time and expertise as business counselors. The Chicago Chapter of SCORE provides free counseling, low-cost workshops and other resources to entrepreneurs and small business.

Citicorp Center
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1150
Chicago, Illinois 60661-2511
Phone: (312) 353-7724
Fax: (312) 886-4879

Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center

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The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) is a nonprofit affiliate of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce that seeks to make a perceptible and lasting economic impact on the Chicagoland region by helping entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses build viable, sustainable, and profitable enterprises. The CEC works with entrepreneurs to create and sustain opportunities for business success, job growth, and profitability.

Aon Center
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 494-6777
Fax: (312) 861-0635

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

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The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is charged with enhancing Illinois’ economic competitiveness by providing technical and financial assistance to businesses, local governments, workers and families. As the state’s lead economic development agency, DCEO works to capitalize on Illinois’ strengths as a center of transportation, manufacturing and technology development. The agency actively promotes the state’s business-friendly policies, highly productive workers, and entrepreneurial spirit — attributes that helped Illinois win Site Selection magazine’s Governor’s Cup as the top state in the nation for business development.

500 E. Monroe
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 782-7500
TDD: (800) 785-6055

100 W. Randolph
Suite 3-400
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 814-7179
TDD: (800) 419-0667

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