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Happy December from The Cook County Small Business Source!

Throughout the year, The Source strives to support, grow and elevate small businesses by providing resources such as expert one-on-one business advising and access to a network of industry events.

This program directly connects small business owners with expert guidance and support to take businesses to the next level. This week, we are highlighting an in-person event hosted in partnership with Google at The Source offices focusing on building a professional online presence for your business.


Hosted by:

Cook County Small Business Source

in partnership with Google and Birk Creative

Establish a Professional Website & Email for Your Business

December 8 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cook County George Dunne Building

69 West Washington Street, 22nd Floor, Conference Room B, Chicago, IL 60602

If you’re curious about bringing your existing business online, or you’re just starting a business and want to know where to begin, it all starts with a domain: your online address and home on the web. This workshop will discuss the benefits of owning a domain, helpful web terms to know, and how to get the most out of your domain. Refreshments will be provided. 

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Business Finance Basics

December 7 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Virtual | Register Now

Hosted by: Berwyn Development Corporation

Business financing involves acquiring the money you need to start, operate, or grow your business. Join this webinar for a conversation on the basics of business financing and best practices to get qualified for a loan. Learn about all the steps needed to help you take your business to the next level.

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.

Understanding The Grant Accountability And Transparency Act (Gata) Pre-Award Process

December 13, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Virtual | Register Now

Hosted by: Women’s Business Development Center

The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) provides uniform guidance for all State of Illinois grant programs. All grant applicants and grantees must comply with GATA grant requirements, which include the following steps before receiving a grant awards: 

  • Pre-qualification on the GATA Grantee Portal
  • Completion of two risk assessments (Internal Controls Questionnaire (ICQ) and Programmatic Risk Assessment (PRAQ))

This session will provide detailed information on all of the steps required as part of the GATA process with the opportunity to ask questions. 

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As the year ends, we want to remind you that having a Certificate of Good Standing is important for Small Businesses. Your business may need to get a copy of your certificate to:

  • Open a business bank account
  • Apply for a business loan
  • Seek investments from investors 
  • Purchase small business insurance 
  • Register to do business in another state 

Make sure your business is in good standing with the State of Illinois. Click here to check the status of your business today.

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