Our Partners

See who we work with. Our partners and members.

Small Business

Illinois Small Business Development and International Trade Center  

Providing free expert advice to grow and expand Lake County small businesses. Services include:

  • Free, confidential, one-on-one business advising in English or Spanish with local experts
  • Assistance developing business plans and financial statements
  • Guidance in forming strategic marketing plans
  • And much more.

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SCORE Chicago

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.  Supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), they deliver services at no charge or at very low cost.

Services include:

  • Free business mentoring
  • Free or low cost business workshops
  • Management consulting

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Arts and Culture

Chicago Artists Resource

The Chicago Artists Coalition builds a sustainable marketplace for entrepreneurial artists and creatives.  As pioneers in advocacy and professional development, they capitalize on the intersection of art and enterprise by activating collaborative partnerships and developing innovative resources.


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Economic Development

Greater Waukegan Development Coalition (GWDC)

The GWDC fosters the development of business and real estate throughout the greater Waukegan area.  Situated in downtown Waukegan inside of The Hub, the GWDC Bends traffic to the region through a concerted mix of programs supporting business innovation, stimulating real estate development, and encouraging recreational opportunities to change the perception of the area.


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City of Waukegan

Looking to start a business in or relocate to Waukegan?  The City's website has an abundance of information for you.  Learn about what you should know when moving to the city or developing in Waukegan, obtain your business license application online, or search available sites.


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Lake County Partners

Lake County Partners, a 501(c)3 economic development corporation, works to maintain economic vitality and quality of life in Lake County, Illinois by creating and retaining quality jobs, stimulating capital investment, pursuing economic diversity, and improving the County's business climate.

Their focus is on attracting, retaining, and expanding businesses; advocating for infrastructure improvements; and spearheading initiatives that bolster business success.


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