Assistance for New & Existing Businesses

Business Guides & Support

Lemont Business Start-up Guide - A booklet to introduce business owners to the resources available to assist them in opening, relocating or expanding a business in Lemont.
- The Federal government's business portal. The site includes a step-by-step guide to starting a business, complete with links to the applicable state and local agencies. It also includes links to grant and loan programs.

IL State Business Portal - Includes information on starting, running, and changing a business. The site also links to state agencies, grant and loan information.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - Funded through the U.S. Small Business Administration and the state of Illinois, SBDCs provide one-on-one counseling and consulting services to Illinois businesses at no or low cost. SBDCs also hosts free training workshops on a variety of business management topics. Through the local SBDCs, a business owner can access the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), which provides free, confidential business counseling to anyone who is operating a small business or thinking about starting one. The College of Dupage Center for Entrepreneurship SBDC in Lisle, the Joliet Junior College SBDC in Joliet, and CenterPoint at Governors State University are three nearby SBDCs.

Loan & Grant Programs

IL Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity - The Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity's (DCEO) Bureau of Business Development administers a wide array of programs and services designed to help Illinois businesses thrive in today's economy. The Department administers a variety of grant and loan programs, many of which are targeted toward small businesses.

IL State Treasurer's Office - The Illinois State Treasurer’s Office invests millions of dollars annually in low-interest loans to business owners so through the Employ Illinois program. The program enables eligible lenders to offer interest rate reductions to large and small business owners, and to owners of child care facilities.

Small Business Administration - The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) provides a number of financial programs for small businesses, including equity financing through the SBA’s Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program.

Smart Energy Design Assistance - The IL Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity's Bureau of Energy and Recycling offers the Smart Energy Design Assistance Program to provide free technical assistance to businesses who are considering energy efficiency improvements at existing facilities or to businesses who wish to enhance baseline design of new facilities.

Tax Assistance

IL Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity - The DCEO's tax assistance programs include: the Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) tax credit; the High Impact Business (HIB) tax credit/tax exemption; and the Illinois New Markets Development Program which provides supplemental funding for investment entities that have been approved for the Federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program.

Cook County Class 6B - Cook County offers the Class 6B property tax incentive to encourage the development of new industrial facilities, the rehabilitation of existing industrial structures, and the industrial reutilization of abandoned buildings. The incentive substantially reduces the assessment level of eligible properties; properties receiving the class 6B will be assessed at 10% of the market value for the first 10 years, 15% in the 11th year, and 20% in the 12th year. To receive the Class 6B incentive, a Class 6B application must be submitted to and approved by the Village of Lemont and Cook County.