The Cook County Small Business Assistance Program
is now the Cook County Small Business Source!

The Cook County Small Business Source strives to support, grow and elevate small businesses by providing no-cost business advising, resources and access to events.

Business Advising

One-on-one, expert business advising provides small business owners with the advice and assistance they need.


Grow and scale your small business with the latest information and updates from The Source.


Events connect small business owners with a community of advisors who provide in depth knowledge on topics important to small businesses.


Small businesses reached

$17 M

in grants distributed to businesses
with 20 employees or less


businesses supported
through direct assistance


businesses owned by
people of color


businesses owned
by women


(with 10 or less employees)

Businesses We Have Helped

“There are so many small business owners here in Cook County who have the skills, the talent and the drive—they just need support, access to capital and coaching to make their vision a reality. I’m proud to say that Cook County has helped me to do that."

Alex Cabrera, Owner

Lalo’s on Maxwell Street, Chicago, IL

“Being a person of color, it makes an enormous difference for companies like us to have access to capital. I am very grateful for the support we have already received from Cook County including job training for our employees and additional marketing support.”

Yvonne Barrett, CEO/Designer

Aki Rah Tailoring, Berwyn, IL

“Through the Source, I was able to meet with someone face-to-face, which is so much more engaging and beneficial. I received one-on-one help that was tailored to my specific questions about marketing and online platforms.”

Jamie Revell, President/Owner

W3Body – A Women's Gym, Berwyn, IL

What is the top challenge facing your small business today?

Business Support

A Program of
Cook County