Start Your Business

Starting a business requires planning. Prepare for success in your new business journey and learn more about what you will need to get started.

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Bring your Business to Life Online

Get your business started online and in front of more customers with help from Google. 

  • Learn more about how to purchase a domain, build a website, market your business online, create a professional email and more with Google.

Business Plan Resources

As you begin the process of developing your business, an important next step is to create a business plan. This will allow you to establish your priorities and organize your game plan.

Business Registration

All businesses should start the registration process by checking their local municipality website to identify local requirements for business registration. If you are a business located in unincorporated Cook County, you may be required to register your business with Cook County and, depending on your business structure, register with the state or federal government.

Business Structure

To open your business, determine the legal structure that best suits your business. The legal structure you choose will inform your registration requirements, taxes, and personal liability. 

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Licenses, Permits, Taxes and Zoning

Many Cook County businesses will need a combination of licenses and permits to legally operate. Familiarize yourself with any zoning, tax laws or incentives that might impact your business. Start by checking your local municipality website to identify local requirements. 

Licenses and Permits



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Selecting a Business Location

Determine the right location for your business operations.

Additional Resources

There are a number of free resources you can access to help start your business: 

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