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Retail Business Platforms

Mail Order


Non Store Retailing

Store Retailing

Certificate of Resale

A certificate of resale through the State of Illinois may be necessary for a retail business when purchasing inventory from wholesalers. Select Click Here to learn more. 

Sales Tax 

When opening a retail business, it is important to understand the sales tax that you will be responsible to collect from customers and remit to the State of Illinois. Select Click Here to view a list of Illinois Sales tax as well as a comprehensive list of business taxes.

Professional Organizations

Professional organizations are a great way to learn more about your industry and receive advice from those individuals who have achieved success. Such organizations can exist on the local, state, national and international level. Professional organizations also offer networking and specialized tools relevant to your industry. Membership fees vary by organization. Listed below are just a few of these organizations.

National Retail Federation ​

Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association​

Additional Information by Business Stage

Starting a 

For many, owning their own business is a dream, but many do not know where to start. For 

information on how to start a business, select the

button below. 

Managing a 

Once a business has been established, new challenges emerge. For information on how to manage a business, select the button below. 

Expanding a 

As a business prospers, it may begin to outgrow its current setup. For information on how to expand a business, select the button below.

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