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As November comes to a close and the holidays approach, the Cook County Small Business Source is here to assist you with reaching your business goals. Whether you’re looking for additional training sessions or events to build your skills or hoping to make a big impression on Small Business Saturday, we have additional resources for you below! 

Grow Grant Update

Our grant administrators are currently reviewing applications. Now is the time to verify that your business is in Good Standing with the State of Illinois. To check the status of your business, go to the Illinois Secretary of State website here.


Be Prepared for Grant Opportunities!

November 21 | 10:00 a.m. | Virtual | Day-Of Meeting Link

Hosted by: Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity and Chicago Urban League

The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) provides uniform guidance for all State of Illinois grant programs. This session will provide detailed information on all the steps required as part of the GATA process + you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions.

Sell Online with E-Commerce Tools on Google

November 21 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Virtual | Register Now

Hosted by: Cook County Small Business Source in partnership with Google and Birk Creative

Learn how to sell your products online. This workshop will walk through listing your products for free with a Google Business Profile and Merchant Center, and show you one way to sell on your website, using an E-Commerce store built with Shopify. Plus, attendees will learn about more helpful tools to stand out online, such as Local Opportunity Finder and Grow My Store.

Google My Business 

November 30 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Virtual | Register Now

Hosted by: Berwyn Development Corporation

Learn the basics of building out your Google My Business account.

¿Cómo Obtener Contratos con el Gobierno?

6 de diciembre | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Virtual | Enlace el día del evento

Organizado por: Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Este evento virtual le ayudará a conocer las oportunidades de negocio con el gobierno. Podrá informarse si cualquier tipo de negocio puede acceder a esos contratos y conocer los pasos a seguir y saber si su negocio está preparado. Inclusivamente aprenderá por dónde empezar y recibirá recomendaciones para lograrlo.

Personal Financial Coaching for Business Owners

December 13 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Virtual | Register Now

Hosted by: Allies for Community Business

Attendees will learn the benefits of developing short-term, medium-term, and long-term financial goals. The webinar will also cover key steps to reaching those personal financial goals.

Visit our Events Page for Updates!


Saturday, November 26 is Small Business Saturday, a day designed to promote the importance of small businesses for the local economy on one of the biggest shopping days of the year!

Take action to prepare yourself and your business to serve your customers, sell your products, and promote your special offers on social media.

The Source has prepared a helpful guide with tips and resources to make your holiday shopping season a success!

Click Here to Access The Source's Small Business Saturday Tips

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The Cook County Small Business Source provides no-cost one-on-one coaching, group webinars and events and online resources to help small businesses thrive and grow.

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