Improving the Business Environment: 2021 Illinois Black Business Survey

2021 Illinois Black Business Survey

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has partnered with the Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE), Chicago State University (CSU), and the Chicago Urban League (CUL) to launch the first statewide Black Business Survey in Illinois.

The survey is designed to solicit feedback and insights from Black business owners across the state. As they gather responses, DCEO and OMEE hope to gain a better understanding of the unique challenges these business owners are facing, particularly in light of the last two challenging years.

Participants are asked to share about their needs, challenges, and motivations as a business owner, in addition to information about their personal business journeys and professional backgrounds.

The results will help inform priorities and strategies for DCEO and OMEE, equipping them to improve the broader business environment in Illinois and better serve Black businesses throughout the state.

The survey is confidential and it will close on December 31st 2021.

Take the 10-minute survey now.

Researchers are actively seeking participants for the survey now, so if you identify as a Black or African American Illinois-based business owner, you are invited to complete the short, 10-minute questionnaire.

This survey has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of CSU, and there are no risks associated with participation in this study. The survey collects no identifying information, all the responses in the survey will be recorded anonymously, and all participation is voluntary.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Matt Simpson at, Dean Derrick Collins at, or Kelly Evans at