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We're the people with the pulse of the business community in Kankakee County. If you are a business owner or dream of becoming one, let us help! Fill out this form and we will be happy to point you in the right direction.

The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce provides business start-up support through partnering, networking, community support, aggressive small business retention, leadership development, and legislative advocacy. We partner with other local organizations that support our mission. Natural partners are the the Kankakee County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, and other local Chambers of Commerce.

We also provide networking support, and with the assistance of our Ambassadors, the Kankakee County Chamber gives you opportunities to expand your business by meeting other businesses and consumers in the community at a variety of Chamber-sponsored events. Since people do business with those they know, this gives you a great opportunity to expand your business network and partnerships.

EnterpriseUOne of our most effective business startup support programs is Enterprise U, an entrepreneur's "boot camp" and business plan competition helping Kankakee area businesses grow. Enterprise U takes place over the course of two months, so all new and expanding businesses (into a new product market) have access to business plan mentors, coursework provided by KCC's Small Business Development Center, special events, and more. At the end of the competition, three top businesses with winning business plans receive a prize package to help make their business dream possible, and winners need only agree to locate their business within Kankakee County. Enterprise U provides entrepreneurial growth, networking opportunities, small business support, and much more to participants and to all who benefit in Kankakee County.

In addition, we help with marketing materials and small business retention. We understand that marketing plays a vital role in any business or organization and we can help you with your promotional needs. We want to have the pulse of the business community and share the results with those who need to know. This marketing and retention program will help ensure our existing local businesses get the attention they need. We do not take any existing business for granted.

Startup 1Our leadership development program will also provide educational events and tools for enhancing customer service skills to your business. Our goal is to be THE customer service capital of the Midwest by 2017! This will bring people from throughout the Chicagoland and the Midwest to experience some of the renowned exceptional customer service in Kankakee County--at your business.

If you are starting a new business and would like to take advantage of membership in the Chamber of Commerce and receive the business start-up benefits, contact us today.

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