Pontiac and the surrounding communities are a great place to start your own business. But getting it off the ground can seem overwhelming. The Pontiac Area Chamber recommends checking out the following resources to see what tools and resources are available. You might want to start here with the Step by Step Guide from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

City of Pontiac

The City of Pontiac works to insure that existing and new businesses in our community prosper. We offer a variety of incentives, informational services, and programs to help create a progressive and growing business environment. The city does not require a business license but you may need to register your business with the county clerk for Livingston County under the Assumed Name Act.

Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council

The Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council is a public-private partnership comprised of businesses, individuals, and governmental agencies that believe in the importance of controlling the area’s economic future by taking a proactive and strategic approach to economic development.

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s mission is to provide economic opportunities for businesses, entrepreneurs, and residents that improve the quality of life for all Illinoisans. They are laser-focused on improving transparency and accountability, enhancing customer service, increasing Illinois’ competitiveness, advancing minority empowerment, modernizing Illinois’ workforce, and elevating our state’s promotional efforts.