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 5 or less employees)

Businesses We Have Helped

“I really appreciate having people who are able to help and who care for small businesses."

Allen Kern, Owner

Senses To Soul School of Music, South Holland, IL

“Without this program, our business would be lost. I received great one-on-one advising that directed my business in a path of growth.”

Cassandra Lloyd-Pierce, Owner

Lloyd’s Lollipop Land Daycare, Chicago, IL

“Cook County's support and outreach was a huge lifeline. As things are moving toward normal, we have a really strong footing to move forward.”

Andrew Howell, Co-founder

Thornton Distilling Company, Thornton, IL

The Berwyn Shops

A Small Business
Like Yours

Congratulations to our partners at the Berwyn Development Corporation for launching Berwyn Shops, a new business incubator supported by the Cook County Small Business Source. The Berwyn Shops, features 12 women-owned (11 Latina-owned) 12’x15’ cottage-style shops and provides vendors with the necessary support to operate a small business: a storefront, business education, promotion and resources. Located at 6931 Roosevelt Road in Berwyn, IL, the Berwyn Shops are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June to mid-December. A truly unique experience that you don’t want to miss!

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Business Support

A Program of
Cook County