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 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
“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. There is light at the end of the tunnel when you are recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Yvonne Barrett, CEO/Designer
Aki Rah Tailoring, Berwyn, IL
“Business Advising has allowed me to learn new information which, in turn, has helped me to think outside the box. Through this program, 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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