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Free and inexpensive seminars are routinely offered throughout the area.  Check-out the following websites for schedules of courses/seminars.bright idea bulb
money signIL Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Assistance Programs:  The IL Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity has various funding and incentive programs available for businesses looking to expand, locate to the area, and increase trade.  More information is available on the DCEO website and by contacting the area representative Joseph McKeown, (312) 814-1457.  Flyers for several of the available programs can be found here.

IL Finance Authority (IFA):  Several low interest funding programs are offered through the Illinois Finance Authority (IFA), including Industrial Revenue Bonds and Participation Loans.

International Trade Loan Program:  An increasing number of American manufacturers are bringing jobs back to the U.S. – a trend called “insourcing” or “onshoring.” The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking to build on the use of its International Trade Loan to support small businesses seeking to insource. SBA can guaranty 90 percent on these loans that go up to $5 million to help those who’ve been hit by import competition, and to finance exports for small businesses. Additional information is available here.

Lake County Partners (LCP):  Lake County Partners is the County's economic development arm. Patricia Fening can assist with SBA loans and Industrial Revenue Bonds, call (847) 247-0137 for more information.

Energy Savings Programs:  Both ComEd and Nicor offer various grants, rebates and incentives to benefit businesses in both short and long term financial savings, as well as energy efficiency.

Financial Education:  Financial education tools are available from a number of federal agencies, a compilation of various tools can be found at MyMoney.

Facts, Myths & Scams:  Beware of companies and individuals who, for a fee, will provide information on grants available for small business start-up, additional information available here.

Business District Incentive to Auto Dealers
In 2008, the Village of Libertyville created three business districts affecting the community's Mile of Cars.  The Plan for these districts creates an incentive for new or existing auto dealers looking to open, expand or improve an auto sales franchise within one of these districts.  Contact Heather Rowe, Economic Development Coordinator, for more information, 847-918-2028.

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The IL Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at CLC offers free counseling to existing or potential entrepreneurs.  They also have referral services for loans, financing assistance and other resources.  The International Trade Specialist at the IL SBDC is available to assist businesses in identifying new markets for their products and help navigate export regulations, this is a no cost service, call 847-543-2033.

The US Small Business Administration - Illinois District office provides SBA loan and other assistance to small businesses, including educational workshops.  They offer a resource guide with additional information on their services.

The Jobs Center of Lake County offers placement, resume, counseling, job fairs, and other services to job seekers.  They also offer tailored training programs to businesses and assistance in filling employment vacancies.

Bennu Legal Services, located in Lake Bluff, is a non-for-profit, multi-lingual agency offering low-cost legal and accounting services to new and existing small businesses.

Fresh Start Illinois, located in Libertyville, offers job search and employment related services, as well as debt related counseling.

The U.S. Export Assistance Center is committed to assisting Lake County firms in realizing their export potential by providing services including, export counseling and advice, information on markets abroad, international partner contacts and advocacy services and more.  

The Center Point for Entrepreneurs offers business counseling, assistance in identifying financing, and low cost seminars for existing or proposed entrepreneurs.

The Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC), a non-for-profit agency working with IL universities, helps manufacturers and companies to be more productive and globally competitive. Their advisors and trainers offer assessments, assist in identifying performance gaps, implementing new technologies, solving production problems and more.  Contact IMEC at or 888-806-4632.  

The Main Street Libertyville organization, a non-for-profit with the goal of economic development through historic preservation.  Providing support to downtown businesses.

Visit Lake County, the local convention and visitors bureau provides promotional opportunities to area hotels, retailers, restaurants and attractions, and ongoing efforts to bring tourists to the area.

Get your Business Online through Google's website development and site search tools.

Links to additional service providers can be found under Quick Links.

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Additional Assistance
Please feel free to contact the Village's Economic Development Coordinator at (847) 918-2000 or by e-mail for assistance or referral to additional resources.