The importance of small businesses in Schaumburg is seen in the economic benefits of shopping locally. Small businesses often offer a more diverse inventory or specialize in providing unique or personalized customer experiences. Small businesses also present new employment opportunities and serve as the building blocks of the United States' largest corporations.
Small Business Source
The Village of Schaumburg puts out a regular e-newsletter called the Small Business Source, which helps keep businesses and residents informed of the latest small business activities in the area. You can view the most recent edition below, and subscribe to future editions here.
The Village of Schaumburg offers incentives for small business owners to stimulate economic growth and create jobs for low- and moderate-income individuals. The Small Business Loan Program assists existing small businesses with growth and expansion costs.The Village of Schaumburg will provide eligible applicants with forgivable loans of up to $15,000. To be eligible, applicants must be a small business (those with 500 employees or less) and are, or will be, located within the corporate limits of Schaumburg. For more information, contact Debbie Van Sickle at (847) 923-3852 or click on the link below to obtain the program fact sheet.
The Village of Schaumburg is a premier place for small businesses to thrive. Here are just a few of the things that small local businesses had to say about doing business in Schaumburg:
Daryl and Mary Beth Saylor, Chick-fil-A franchise owners
“Mary Beth and I couldn’t be any more delighted to have opened both our restaurants in the Village of Schaumburg. We opened our first restaurant in 2011 and because of its success; we opened up a second location in 2014. The village has delivered on its mission successfully to “provide the highest quality municipal service”.”
Jim Burke, Chief Operating Officer of Links Technology
“When we started Links Technology in 1999, there was no question where our Corporate Headquarters would be. Schaumburg is our first choice to live and work. Schaumburg has been a very rewarding place where we have established many long-lasting customers and friendships. It’s the place that has opened their doors and given us many opportunities. The Village of Schaumburg listens to the concerns of businesses and comes up with plans on how to make them better. The Village of Schaumburg is always thinking of new ways to improve the community and is constantly striving to bring in more diverse and beneficial businesses making it the premier suburban business destination. We would still choose Schaumburg to this day!”
Charlie and Julie Cates, Owners of Muscle Activation Schaumburg
“When we were looking at communities to open our business in throughout the Chicagoland area, we chose Schaumburg because it felt most like home. As a small business owner, when you put all of your time and effort into building your business and brand, you want be able to share your work with a community of people that will appreciate what you have to offer and support you on multiple levels. Schaumburg has become that community for us, allowing us to grow and attract clients from not just the Northwest Suburbs, but from all over the United States. We are grateful to be part of the flourishing business community in Schaumburg, and look forward to continuing to contribute to the community as a whole for years to come."
Larry Hauck, President of PM Mold Company
“PM Mold Company has experienced rapid growth to the point we where we were outgrowing our facility. The Schaumburg Business Association & Village staff helped accommodate this growth and helped us achieve our goals to expand and remain here in Schaumburg. In large part to the large workforce available in Schaumburg along with its prime location and great infrastructure; the decision was quite clear to remain here in Schaumburg and continue to grow with the community. I am proud that PM Mold is continuing to grow & is a vibrant part of the Schaumburg community.”
Weronika Sopiarz Rysz, President of Tennis27
"Schaumburg's outstanding commitment to promote a healthy community helped me grow my specialty store here. It has a strong business hub, shopping paradise, and so many great parks around with beautiful tennis courts and people who love the game. Schaumburg has it all!"
Business Development Resources
The Village of Schaumburg, in partnership with several municipalities and organizations, has become a driver of business development, workforce development and transportation improvements in all commercial industry sectors. Below are some of the most beneficial resources that can help you with your business.
The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Harper College can help whether you're exploring a new business idea, hiring for open positions, or structuring the purchase or sale of a business; are all parts of the SBDC's free services.
SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters. As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is as an independent agency of the federal government which provides a number of free services including business counseling, training, capital planning, contracting, disaster assistance, and business advocacy. You can download their full resource guide here.
Next Level Northwest (NLNW) is a free business accelerator program for businesses that have moved beyond the start-up phase but have not yet reached their full potential. Interested companies can pitch themselves to a panel of judges during one of the village's "pitch nights" throughout the year and then once accepted, be paired with professional business coaches and mentors. To qualify, businesses must have been in business for at least three years and reached certain financial milestones.
Whether you are a business owner looking for specific demographic data to better target customers or a resident interested in learning more about the Schaumburg community, there are a number of resources available to Schaumburg businesses.
The Schaumburg Business Association is the local area Chamber of Commerce which serves the region's business community by providing hundreds of networking events, marketing opportunities, advocacy services, and much more.
The State of Illinois' Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has a number of useful resources available to startups and small businesses. It also features a statewide resource for businesses called "First Stop", which can be found here.
Workforce Development Resources
The Illinois workNet program is one of the most comprehensive employment, business services and support resources available. The organization leverages partnerships and technology to expand seamless and real-time access to workforce development resources.
Harper College has a number of apprenticeship opportunities available including CNC precision machining, industrial maintenance mechanics, logistics & supply chain management, and insurance.
Schaumburg Township Employment Support Center has a number of individuals looking for a variety of different types of work. It provides assistance to job seekers in order to provide Schaumburg employers with top talent to fit their hiring needs.
The Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (GCAMP) is a regional organization dedicated to increasing the skilled workforce in the greater Schaumburg area. GCAMP strives to provide education, training, and employment opportunities to students, parents, schools, and manufacturers.
The Housing Authority of Cook County offers a program called beWELL, which is a comprehensive resource for growth from preschool to working adult. Broken down into three phases, the goal of the program is to provide a path for workers and their families to Work, Earn, Live and Learn (WELL).
The Milwaukee District West (MD-W) and Union Pacific Northwest (UP-NW) train lines have several stations within 5 miles of Schaumburg. Riders can choose to take the train in from Chicago to the Schaumburg, Roselle, Hanover Park, Arlington Park, or Palatine Metra stations.
In addition to the numerous routes in and around the Schaumburg area, Pace operates routes that travel directly from the previously mentioned Metra train stations as well as routes that go to and from the Elgin area, Rosemont Blue Line, north Schaumburg business area, and Woodfield Regional Center. Some of the most common routes include 554, 600, 608, 611, and the Woodfield Trolley service.
Workday ride share arrangement that can help employees enjoy a more comfortable and more affordable commute. The program is available for all commuters who live or work in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.