Welcome to the Small Business Advisor. As a small business owner, it is important to understand the rules and regulations that impact your business. The Small Business Advisor offers quick access to proposed rules and regulations, changes in requirements, and provides information on recently adopted legislation that could have an impact on your business.

Along with the posting of the regulations and legislation, it also includes notices of the time, date and place of public hearings, as well as pertinent contact information. Most importantly, there is a section where you will have the opportunity to voice your comments on the rules, regulations and legislation.

Small businesses play an extremely important role in Illinois. They not only help diversify our economy, but they create employment opportunities for our citizens. With that in mind, it is critical that businesses are provided resources to help them survive and prosper in difficult times.

The Illinois Department of Commerce is an excellent resource for businesses looking for assistance in marketing, financing, licensing, government contracting, exporting, technology and environmental compliance. Services are also available for those looking to start a business in Illinois.

For more information, please contact the First Stop Business Information Center at (800) 252-2923 or visit  http://www.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/BeginHere/Pages/BusinessInformationCenter.aspx