Starting a Business

Looking to be your own boss or pursue your passion? Get the information you need to start on a firm footing.

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Planning a Business

(http://champaign.org/business_know_how/starting_a_business/planning_a_business)

Find out how to start a business in C-U.

Financing a Business

(http://champaign.org/business_know_how/starting_a_business/financing_a_business)

Check in here to learn about finding investors and raising capital. Learn about how to get funds for your business with grants from foundations and state and local agencies.

Buying a Business/Franchise

(http://champaign.org/business_know_how/starting_a_business/buying_a_business)

Learn how to prepare yourself for acquiring a new business or franchise.

Structuring a Business

(http://champaign.org/business_know_how/starting_a_business/structuring_a_business)

There are four ways of structuring (or organizing) a business, a sole proprietorship, partnership,corporation, or limited liability company (LLC). Find out which one is right for you.

Registering a Business Name

(http://champaign.org/business_know_how/starting_a_business/regsitering_a_business)

Get information on how to register the name of your business in Illinois.

Regulations for Doing Business

(http://champaign.org/business_know_how/starting_a_business/regulations)

You may need to obtain a license or a permit to operate certain types of businesses in Champaign or to develop property. Make sure you‘re in compliance with state and local standards by reviewing the rules and regulations here.

Recruiting & Staffing

(http://champaign.org/business_know_how/starting_a_business/staffing)

Find out how to attract and retain high quality employees.

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Need friendly advice?

The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce provides support for local business. Experienced business professionals offer free counseling through SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives. The Small Business Development Center is part of U of I Extension.