- The Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs offers grants through its Technology and Practices Demonstration Program to help businesses and nonprofit groups create innovative technologies to use waste generated in Illinois. Entrepreneurs can apply for up to $150,000 and must supply a minimum of 10 percent of the requested amount in matching funds. For an application, call Ron Swager at (217) 785-2800.
- Loans of $2,000 to $15,000 are available through the MicroLoan Lending Program of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Evanston Business and Technology Center. Loans are open to entrepreneurs in North and Northwest Cook counties. Contact the SBDC at (847) 866-1817.
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