Community Resources for Starting Your Business

Network with Professionals or Find Help


City of Lake Forest Business Resource Center

Includes Available Property Listing for co-working, office, and retail spaces available in the Lake Forest


Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce

Phone: 847.234.4282


Small Business Development Center at CLC

      SBDC at CLC


Illinois DCEO Business Information Center


Phone: 800.252.2923



      Find a Score Mentor at 

      Or, find a workshop



Illinois District Office

Phone: 312.353.4528


View the Resource Guide, read through their 10 Steps to Start Your Business article.


Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce SBDC

Phone: 312.494.6700


Business Network International (BNI) 

       The world’s largest networking & referral organization for businesses and professionals.

Phone: 815.345.1902

BNI North Chicagoland:


Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Phone: 312.983.7100


Illinois Chamber of Commerce SBA booklet


Lake County Partners

Phone: 847.597.1220


Job Center of Lake County

Phone: 847.377.3450


Lake Forest Career Resource Center

Phone: 847.295.5626

Email: info@CareerResourceCenter.or


The Hub for Local Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Phone: 847.440.2021



      Call toll-free at 1-844-USA-GOV1 (1-844-872-4681)

      Or, check out the small business information guides at


Founders Workbench

      Build your business idea with the tools at 


The Balance Small Business

      Check out their list of online tools and resources to consider using when writing your business plan