These resources will help you improve job search skills or plan, start, and market a small business.

Starting a Business
Starting Your Business in Illinois handbook
Steps to starting a business
Business resources at Illinois WorkNet with links for starting and funding a business
Starting a small business - 45-minute video provides basic tips on how to start a small business
How Do I Start My Own Small Business?

Creating a Business Plan
Writing a Business Plan
Business Plan workbook, marketing plans, and other business startup guides

Employer Identification Number online application
Federal tax information
Illinois tax information

Local and Area Business Resources
Paris Area Chamber of Commerce
Southeastern Illinois SCORE chapter (Charleston, IL)
Small Business Development Center
Business Solutions Center at Eastern Illinois University. A Business Solutions Center counselor has office hours at city hall on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Contact the center to set up an appointment.

More Business Resources
Illinois Business Portal
Illinois Secretary of State Business Services
Small Business Administration
OSHA for small business
Wall Street Journal Small Business Center
Entrepreneur Magaizine