I am ready to start my business!


Do you have a product or service idea that you want to turn into a business?

There are a few steps that you will need to take to start your business properly, and below are a few resources that will be helpful in each step toward starting your business. 


Step 1: Choose a Business Name

Use this site to find out if the business name you would like to use is already taken. 


Step 2: File an Assumed Business Name with the County Clerk

Learn everything you need to know about how to file an assumed name with the County Clerk. This is necessary for any individual operating a sole proprietorship or general partnership under a name different than their own.  

Complete this fillable form using the instructions in the "Step 2" link above.


Step 3: Obtain an Employer Identification Number

Visit this site to learn more about if you need an Employer ID Number (EIN), and if you do, how to apply for one.


Step 4: Register Your Business in Illinois

Here you will need to create a login for yourself, and then complete the REG-1 form to register your business online.


Step 5: Obtain any Necessary Licenses, Permits, and Zoning Clearance

Find out what permits, licenses, and zoning clearances you will need to operate your small business within your specified profession and location.