Please visit our COVID-19 Resources for Businesses page for important information for our businesses during the Coronavirus epidemic.
One of the main goals for Community Development staff is to connect the needs of Hanover Park’s existing and future businesses to the organizations who have the resources to turn those needs into reality. Village staff works with the following governments and other organizations whose sole purpose is to assist with the growth and development of your business.
- Harper College Small Business Development Center
- College of DuPage Center for Entrepreneurship
- Elgin Community College
Harper Community serves part of the Hanover Park community, but the staff at Harper College's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers assistance to any entrepreneur who is looking to start up a for-profit business in Illinois. Learn about the services offered at Harper College's SBDC.
College of DuPage's Center for Entrepreneurship offers a variety of services and provide resources to help individuals and groups who are looking to open a business. The Center for Entrepreneurship hosts several seminars and workshops for business owners to grow their skill set and business. Visit the Center for Entrepreneurship's website.
Whether you're an employer seeking training opportunities or a neighbor who wants to learn something new, you’ll find a warm welcome at Elgin Community College (ECC). A center of community life in the Elgin area, ECC offers a wealth of resources to help you grow your business, enjoy the arts, find a job, and much more.
Check out their Corporate Training program for information about training employees. For more information on hiring ECC students, check out their Hire Spartans program. For a full description of all the resources ECC provides, please visit their website.
- Schaumburg Township District Library
- Small Business Development Center
- Fox Valley SCORE & SCORE Chicago
- Women's Business Develop. Ctr.
Hanover Park is partially serviced by the Schaumburg Township District Library. Library resources and knowledgeable librarians can help you find information for:
- Analyzing market demographics
- Building prospect lists
- Finding grants
- Researching stocks and mutual funds
- Writing a business plan
Growing a small business is no small task. Need help to expand or improve your existing business? Contemplating launching a new business? The Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) can help.
Entrepreneurs and small business owners can obtain advising in management, marketing, financial and operations. They offer access to customized one-on-one advising and high-quality workshops to help you with business development.
Their talented team of seasoned business advisors will help you identify, understand and overcome the challenges of running a successful business. From someone who has an idea for a home-based business to an established company in need of capital to finance their next stage of growth, we work closely with our clients to find solutions that work best for them.
There are multiple SBDCs in the Hanover Park area. Find the SBDC nearest your business!
Hanover Park is located within two counties (Cook and DuPage), but small businesses in both counties have access to a wonderful resource, SCORE. This is a large volunteer organization, made of successful business leaders, that assists small business entrepreneurs with a series of services (many are free)! SCORE offers confidential business counseling, free or low-cost seminars and free business in dozens of locations throughout the Chicagoland area.
The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) was founded in 1986 to provide services and programs to support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen the impact of women on the economy by creating jobs, fueling economic growth, and building strong communities. The WBDC carries out these activities through its two (2) Women’s Business Centers (WBC), Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and ScaleUp Aurora Initiative. The Village has a strong partnership with the WBDC - a representative, Minerva Catalyud serves on the Village Economic Development Committee.
The Women’s Business Development Center aims to:
- Increase awareness of entrepreneurship as a viable means of economic self-sufficiency
- Accelerate the growth rate of enterprises owned by women and other diverse business owners
- Stimulate public policy and system changes that support and strengthen economic empowerment of women and other diverse business owners
- Increase the economic impact on individuals, families, and communities of women and other diverse business owners