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 Mill

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

A Small Business
Like Yours

Ernesto Moreno signed up for business advising from Cook County Small Business Source to help grow his family business, Moreno's Shoe Repair in Berwyn. Through the program, he also learned about available grants and received assistance with marketing. Best of all, Moreno knew he wasn't facing his business challenges alone. “I was able to go in and get help when I really needed it.”

Ernesto Moreno, Moreno’s Shoe Repair in Berwyn, IL

A Small Business
Like Yours

Dexter Cura, co-owner of The Escape Factor in Forest Park, IL, shares his best advice for business owners: Don't be afraid to ask for help. You can find mentors, support and connections in many places, including the Cook County Small Business Source.

Dexter Cura, The Escape Factor in Forest Park, IL

A Small Business
Like Yours

Shortly after beginning his business, Inductor of Healing, Malike Ayouba signed up to receive business advising. He was able to gain invaluable guidance in how to best develop and market his business. He accredits his successful journey to the skills he learned through the Cook County Small Business Source.

Malike Ayouba, Inductor of Healing in Forest Park, IL

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Business Support

A Program of
Cook County