2018 Chicagoland Small Business Outlook Survey

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business, asked small business owners in the Chicagoland area to share information and thoughts about their small business and the issues they face. Why small businesses? Given the vital role they play in creating jobs and anchoring communities, we need to know more about who they are, what they need, and their outlook for the future. See the results here 

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Chicagoland Small Business Outlook Surveys 2015-2017

2017 Survey Results

2016 Survey Results

2015 Survey Results


Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

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 2018 Applications are now open!

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce presents the James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award each year to an entrepreneur or small business in the Chicago region that has demonstrated growth and civic/philanthropic values. The winner of the Tyree Award receives a $50,000 cash prize, courtesy of Mesirow Financial and CIBC, plus business consulting services from the Chicagoland Chamber.

2018 is the 7th year of the Tyree Award. The winner will be announced during the Chicagoland Chamber's 114th Annual Meeting on June 5, 2018.

Tyree Award applications will be accepted through March 25th. Learn More & Apply Today.


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Stacey Pitts Caldwell
Center Director - SBDC
SCaldwell@chicagolandchamber.org