Calling All Small Business Owners!



Attention small business owners! You are invited to participate in a survey to better understand the needs and expectations of small businesses in the Chicago area. This study is being conducted jointly by Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business and is supported by the City of Chicago Treasurer’s Office.

This survey will take about ten minutes to complete.


All responses will be kept completely confidential.

The survey focuses on Chicago’s small businesses—their goals for success; the challenges they face; and the issues that matter most to them. The information gathered will include demographic data, public policy concerns, hiring plans, growth trends, economic outlooks and an overview of what types of resources and services small businesses and entrepreneurs currently utilize or would like to see available.

Graduate marketing students within the Quinlan School of Business helped develop the survey questions and will provide analysis based on the findings.

Last year’s inaugural Chicagoland small business survey was instrumental in providing direction for the Chamber’s small business programming. Nearly one-third of respondents were seeking access to capital, more than half needed help in market research and marketing plans, and 45 percent needed technology support. Through small business programs and the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Chicagoland Chamber, the Chamber was able to provide resources and support in those specific areas through educational events, office hours and partnerships with local organizations.

Several partners are contributing to the 2015 Chicagoland Small Business Outlook Survey, including the Better Business Bureau, Constant Contact and the Illinois CPA Society.


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