Business & Consumer

Want to start your own business?  Check out these business resources.

Consumer Information
Federal Trade Commission  Receive your free credit report once per year
Better Business Bureau  Consumer and business resources
CardRatings  Compare credit cards
Consumer Action Website  Prevent identity theft, understand credit, and shop smarter
Consumer Search  Product Reviews
Consumer.gov  Managing your money; credit, loans & debt; scams & identity theft
Illinois Attorney General  Identity Theft Hotline

Entrepreneurship
Effingham’s B.E.S.T. Center  Located on the 2nd floor of the Chamber
SCORE  Skilled business owners & educators act as mentors to potential owners
State of Illinois Business Portal  Tax incentives for businesses
America’s Small Business Assistance Network  Small Business Help
U.S. Small Business Administration  Resources for starting/operating a small business
All Business  Small business forms, how-to, advice, etc
Bplans  Sample Business Plans
Business Owners’ Idea Cafe  Resources for starting and running a small business