Best Small Business Resources in the Rockford Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Illinois has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Rockford area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Illinois.

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EIGERlab

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Coworking
  • Product Development

Description

EIGERlab is a one-stop solution for anyone looking to start or grow a business, whether you’re just starting with an idea, or you’re looking to increase profits in an already successful company. EIGERlab offers a co-working space, a business acceleration program, and product development to help you turn your idea or invention into a viable product. While the organization focuses on product development assistance, they have the resources to help entrepreneurs enter virtually any industry.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

8500 E State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-298-0136
mcobert@eigerlab.org


Illinois SBDC at the Greater Rockford Chamber of Commerce

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.


Rockford Public Library

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Research

Offers Free Service

Description

The Rockford Public Library offers services that can be of use to an entrepreneur starting a new business. Their reference databases provide access to many business-related ebooks and the library itself has a large collection of print resources that can provide useful information.

Restrictions

A library card may be required to access certain services.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

214 N Church St.
Rockford, IL 61101
815-965-7606

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - THU: 9 am - 8 pm

FRI - SAT: 9 am - 5 pm


Rockford SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


RockTek

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking

Description

RockTek is a coworking space just outside the city of Rockford, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that let in tons of natural light and a generous selection of snacks and refreshments. Multiple membership levels suit different work needs while a trial offer grants 3 days in a hot desk, cubicle, and office so you can choose a membership plan that will work for you. RockTek features all the usual amenities like internet access, conference rooms, and social areas.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

12533 Wagon Wheel Rd.
Rockton, IL 61072
815-357-7625

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI: 8 am - 5 pm