Chicago's small business center is up and running

Each day, entrepreneurs throughout the Chicago area come up with business ideas. While some of those ideas come to fruition, others stall out before they even have a chance to get off the ground. While there are of course many reasons that could happen, one may be the many hoops that must be jumped through to achieve, what for many is, a lifelong dream. Recognizing the issue as being one that was negatively impacting the creation of businesses in the city, Chicago recently implemented changes to alleviate some of those issues.

The changes come in the form of the creation of Chicago's small business center. Located in City Hall, its goal is to provide individuals seeking to get businesses going with someone who can assist with some of the issues that often pose obstacles to would-be small business owners. These consultants can assist with a variety of matters including:

  • Licensing
  • Permitting
  • Minor real estate matters

While by assisting with common issues such as these the consultants will undoubtedly help reduce the time it takes to launch a small business, there will likely be some matters to arise that will require the assistance of a lawyer who handled business matters as well. Many owners of startups find that a relationship started with an attorney during the formation stage, runs the life of that business and comes in handy dealing with contract formation and breach of contract situations which can arise at any time.

The ultimate goal behind the creation of this center is to help grow small businesses in Chicago. Whether it has the desired effect remains to be seen.

Source: CBS Chicago, "City Hall Offers Streamlined Process For Business Startups," Dana Kozlov, March 7, 2013

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