Illinois business searches hit the road for the first time this week, but they are likely to remain a challenge for most businesses.
Here are the latest news and trends from around the state.
Illinois business searches hitting the road The Illinois Commerce Commission is issuing a call for businesses to submit their business searches to the Illinois Department of Business Administration (BDA).
The BDA is looking for data on a wide range of topics, from the type of business and its location, to the amount of transactions made, to how many employees the business has, to whether it operates on a contract basis.
Business search results for Chicago and other cities will be released this week.
The BSA said it wants to collect as much data as possible to help business owners make informed decisions.
The agency is asking for business owners to upload photos, business cards, business card templates and business contact information to the BDA, and submit a complete set of data.
For more on business searches, check out the Chicago Business Chamber’s blog.
Illinois businesses to see the BSA: Business Search 2018 The Chicago Business Chronicle: Illinois is a ‘virtual gold mine’ for small businesses Business Insider: The BDA said it would make a formal request to the state’s Business and Industrial Development Agency to make the data available.
“Illinois has one of the largest and most active economies in the country, and many of our businesses are small, innovative businesses that thrive and grow in a vibrant and diverse economy,” the BVA said in a statement.
“Our goal is to provide business owners with the data needed to understand the success of their businesses and to help them make informed business decisions.”
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