Small Business Resources

The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce offers a wealth of small business resources for all small businesses. Newly established small business owners and experienced business owners alike can benefit from our resources available only to our Chamber of Commerce members.

Shop Local

When you shop local you are helping to build our community and strengthen our economy. Keeping our dollars local helps increase the wealth of our residents and encourages them to invest those dollar back into our local neighborhoods.

Every year on Shop Small Saturday, shoppers can shop small and take advantage of these local deals! Local businesses can submit their Shop Small Saturday deals for shoppers to take advantage of.

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State of IL Resources

Starting a new business is an exciting time, but is can also be challenging. Questions can seem endless: Where will my business be located? What licenses or permits are required? How do I get financing? The State of Illinois is here to help.

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Small Business Administration (SBA)

The Small Business Administration is offering disaster assistance to businesses and residents affected by heavy rainfall and flooding on June 27, 2020. The disaster loans are applicable to businesses and residents in Kankakee and Iroquois counties, along with several in Indiana.

Application filing deadlines are as follows:

  • Physical Damage: October 13, 2020
  • Economic Injury: May 11, 2021

CLICK HERE apply online, to receive more information and to download the application. 


CRF is a national non-profit organization that brings capital to communities and opportunities to people.

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Catalyst was built to help you start your new venture, manage your increasing workload, and grow your business to the next level.

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First American Bank SBA

As part of their commitment to the growth of our business community, they have a team of dedicated and experienced SBA lending professionals to help with your business financing needs.


Economic Alliance

The Economic Alliance is a primary point of contact for businesses looking to expand within or locate to any of the 20 communities within Kankakee County.

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Workforce Board

The Grundy Livingston Kankakee Workforce Board is part of a national network of organizations involved in workforce preparation and employment. Board activities and programs are designed to meet both the needs of the communities' businesses and the needs of job seekers and those who want to further their careers.

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Business Startup Support

If you are starting a new business and would like to take advantage of membership in the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, contact us today!

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Kankakee County Visitors Bureau

The Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau creates vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting Kankakee County as an overnight destination, increasing visitor awareness and developing a united tourism industry.

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Kankakee Area Human Resource Managers Association

A congenial organization serving over 75 HR professionals in the Kankakee Metro area. Let KAHRMA be your local partner to success whatever your career level. Join our educational and networking events, volunteer on a committee, find or post job leads, or get support from one of our service partners. Whatever you’re looking to do next, KAHRMA can help you learn, connect, and advance your career or business.