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


Career Transitions - Tools to help you write resumes and cover letters, practice interview skills, and more. Library card required outside the library. Enter your barcode when asked for your password.

More job search resources

Small business

Small Business Resource Center - Will help you learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Includes sample business plans, how to guides, and articles. Library card required outside the library. Enter your barcode when asked for your password.

Improve or Learn New Skills
Universal Class
 - Free online continuing education courses. Classes include resume writing, interviewing skills, business startup, software training, and more. A Paris library card is required.

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