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.
Small businesses reached
in grants distributed to businesses
with 20 employees or less
through direct assistance
businesses owned by
people of color
(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
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