Assistance for Small Businesses

Project Clears’ main goal is to serve people who are unemployed. A local resource to help find new employment through resume building, job searching, pursue education to assist in employment opportunities. Help in applying for government assistance, or even to start-up his/her own business. We hope through our efforts that many people who have lost a job in the years past can find new gainful employment in the same field or in a new field.

Starting a Business

Resources to help plan, start and market a small business


Starting Your Business in Illinois handbook from the Illinois Department of Commerce

Steps to Starting a Business U.S. Small Business Administration

Illinois WorkNet with links to starting and funding a business

Starting a Small Business 45-minute video, including Introduction, Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, etc., presented by Illinois Legal Aid

How Do I Start My Own Small Business? Illinois Legal Aid


Creating a Business Plan

How to Write a Business Plan U.S. Small Business Administration

Business Startup and Management Publications from the Illinois Small Business Development Center


Library Resources (library card required)

To find small business books, select “Search by Category”, click “Business & Industry”, and click “Small Business”. If we don’t have the specific title that you are looking for, remember that we can Inter-Library Loan most items with your Creve Coeur Library card.

Creve Coeur Library Database

Suggested search terms include:

Small business



Business finance

Business law

Project management

Downloadable Media Catalog


To find business ebooks, click “Advanced Search”, click the “Subject” dropdown menu, then select “Business”.



Employer Identification Number online application from the IRS

Federal tax information from the IRS

Illinois tax information from the Illinois Department of Revenue

Forms for Illinois Businesses


Professional Licensing in Illinois

Licenses regulated by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation and the Department of Labor


Local and Area Business Resources

SCORE Peoria serves the following Central Illinois counties:  Peoria, Tazewell, Fulton, Knox, Marshall, Mason, Putnam, Star, Warren, Woodford

Turner Center for Small Business Bradley University

Illinois Business Financial Services Peoria office

Heart of Illinois Better Business Bureau

Economic Development Council for Central Illinois


More Business Resources

Small Business Majority advocacy group founded and run by small business owners

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Illinois Secretary of State Business Services

U.S. Small Business Administration

OSHA small business page

Wall Street Journal small business center

Entrepreneur magazine