Starting a Business

Select a Business Structure 

There are several ways to organize businesses in Illinois, each having advantages and disadvantages. A businesses structure must be determined before it can be registered with any entity.

Register with the State

LLC or S Corp must register with the Illinois Department of Business Services. If a business is registered with the state, they do not need to register with the county.

Register with the County

An assumed name or DBA (Doing Business As) is a necessary step in registering a business. McLean County requires that all assumed names be registered with the County Clerk. ​Follow the steps below to register a business with McLean County.​

Step One: Learn How to File with the County​

Step Two: Complete County Registration Form​

Register with the Town of Normal

To operate within the Town of Normal, a business must also register with the Town Clerk once registration with the State or County has been completed. 

Registering Your Business


Illinois Small Business Development Center

of McLean County at

Illinois Wesleyan University

Illiinois SBDC color band - FINAL- TRANS
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