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Happy Small Business Day!!

Every May 10th, we celebrate the local entrepreneurs who are the backbone of our communities. This year, Hayner Public Library has pulled together a collection of resources for those just starting, as well as those seasoned small business pros! Wherever you are on your journey, these resources will help build a solid foundation for any small business!

From Start to Finish

Guide to Starting Your New Business in Alton, IL

Alton Main Street and the City of Alton

An Alton-specific, step-by-step guide for getting your business up and running, from writing a business plan to obtaining licenses and permits.

Starting Your Business in Illinois Handbook

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

A comprehensive guide for starting and operating a business in Illinois.

Small Business Administration

Offers guides, funding programs, and online classes for small businesses, from the initial steps to day-to-day operations and expansion.

    • Business Guide

      Step-by-step guides for planning, launching, managing, and growing a small business.

    • Learning Center

      Free, online courses covering the full spectrum of small business ownership and operation.

Assistance for Businesses

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

A collection of resources and guides for business owners addressing a diverse range of business questions, from incentives and tax credits to low interest loans and more.

    • Programs and Services Guide

      Directory of programs and services catering to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

    • Publications and Guides

      A digital library of guides for starting and managing a business, including financial guidance, grant writing, and marketing.

The Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide

by Peri Pakroo (2020), 346.73 PAK

Includes resources and information for starting a small business, online and offline, including creating and using business and marketing plans and complying with tax rules.

Financial Guidance

IDOR Business Resources

Illinois Department of Revenue

Extensive, in-depth information and instructions related to business registration and taxes.

Small Business Assistance

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Offers information, guidance, and assistance to start-ups and small businesses on a variety of issues, including financial topics:

Tax Savvy for Small Business

by Frederick W. Daily (2021), 343.7305 DAI

A guide for creating a business tax strategy. This edition includes updates that cover new tax rules under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and how they affect small businesses.

Home Business Tax Deductions: Keep What You Earn

by Stephen Fishman (2020), 343.7305 FIS

A how-to guide for claiming all of the tax deductions you’re entitled to in your home business.

Grant Writing

by Beverly A. Browning (2022), 658.15224 BRO

Walks you through the grant writing process, including creating a strategic plan, using online databases, and applying for e-grants.

Local Organizations

Small Business Development Center

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Provides services and resources for starting and growing a business, including free advising services to discuss business plans, financing, marketing, and more.

Riverbend Growth Association (RBGA)

6722 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey, IL

As the local chamber of commerce and an economic development organization, they provide programs, services, workshops, and events meant to help local businesses grow and connect with the community.

Video Resources

Small Business Basics Playlist

Small Business Administration

Access to Capital – Small Business Hot Topics Seminar

Alton Main Street

Business Canvas Workshop

Alton Main Street

How to Make a Business Video With Your Phone

Alton Main Street

Grant Writing Playlist

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Business Income Tax Changes and Updates

Illinois Department of Revenue

Building a Small Business Emergency Fund