Business Resources

The Rockford Region has many local business resources to help manage revenue and cash flow during an expansion, develop new products and services, expand internationally, or increase production scale. All of these resources can help work through these critical decisions with business owners and can be especially beneficial to family-owned or closely held businesses.

There are multiple reasons to investigate if an international expansion is right for your business. Through the use of Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ#176) and Industrial Partnerships, the opportunities for international expansion can be a reality.

Businesses need some assistance and guidance from time-to-time and the resources listed on this page are here to help! Contact any of these organizations with questions you may have or if you are just looking for some advice.

Construction Business Development Center provides continuing FREE technical assistance to guide minority, veteran, women-owned, and small contractors prepare to bid on Illinois Tollway projects for highway and vertical construction as prime and/or as subcontractors.

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EIGERlabLogo BigGAngledNIU EIGERlab is Northern Illinois’ comprehensive resource where both new and existing entrepreneurs and inventors collaborate with pioneering leaders to incubate and accelerate businesses. NIU EIGERlab ties together Innovation-Collaboration-Entrepreneurship into a centrally located, state of the art mixed-use incubator, serving the region with leading edge business and engineering support services.

The facility and programs assist in the development of a robust and diverse entrepreneurial culture through the collaboration of education, business, and government.

Illinois Defence Industry Adjustment Program (DIA) DIA Illinois Defense Industry Adjustment Programassists the Rockford Region’s 250+ companies and 11 tier-one suppliers that provide products to the global aerospace, aviation, and defense industry; presenting a tremendous opportunity for our region’s growth prospects. With leadership from local stakeholders including higher education institutions (Northern Illinois University and Embry Riddle-Aeronautical University) and industry (UTC Aerospace Systems and Woodward), Rockford Region leaders continue working to define a clear strategy for growing the aerospace cluster and is ripe for large-scale community adjustment.


The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is Winnebago, Ogle, Stephenson, and Boone counties’ central resource for business development and creation. The SBDC leverages a large network of resources to ensure the success of existing and start-up businesses that create jobs and grow our region’s economy.

  • Legal structure
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Operations
  • Accounting/finance
  • Commercialization
  • Market research
  • Human resources
  • Patents
  • Licensing
  • Business Planning

Rockford Local Development CorporationRockford Local Development Corporation (RLDC) specializes in financing for small and mid-sized companies including SBA 504 financing along with managing several local loan programs.

PTAC_smallestThe Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) provides no-cost services to businesses in Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson, and Ogle counties. The PTAC can help determine suitability for government contracting.

PrintIllinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) helps manufacturers optimize operating capacity, implement advanced product and process innovations, increase sales and enter new markets, and improve profitability.

Rockford Area Local Business Resources

Beloit Chamber of Commerce
Beloit Convention & Visitors Bureau
Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce
Blackhawk Hills Economic Development District
Blackhawk Hills Resource and Conservation District
Blackhawk Waterways CVB
Byron Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Beloit Association
Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Rochelle Economic Development
Greater Rockford Airport Authority
Growth Dimensions of Belvidere & Boone County
McHenry County EDC
Ogle County Board
Rochelle Area Chamber of Commerce
Rockford Chamber of Commerce
Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Rockton Chamber of Commerce
Roscoe Chamber of Commerce
Stephenson County Convention & Visitors Bureau