Federal Government Resources
USA.gov for Businesses and Nonprofits: Self-Employment Resources and Services -- Get help with finances, laws, licensing, and more.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
JAN provides employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on entrepreneurship, job accommodations, and related subjects. JAN's efforts are in support of the employment, including self-employment and small business ownership, of people with disabilities.
What Can You Do Campaign
The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace; includes employer tips, resources and rights.
Take HealthCare Into Your Own Hands
This website makes it easier to find health care coverage options that are right for you, including public and private health insurance tailored to your age, location, and health needs. The site also helps Americans make informed decisions about health care coverage by offering easy to understand information about new benefits and protections for individuals, families and employers and clearly explains how new rules like the Patient’s Bill of Rights in the Affordable Care Act will benefit you, your family, or your business.
Rural Institute of Montana website the use of PASS Plans for the development of self-employment opportunities.
Small Business and Self Employment Service of the U.S. Department of Labor
A comprehensive set of tools, forms, laws and other employment related resources
The Internal Revenue Service website offers a tax guide for small businesses.
Disability.gov helps connect the disability community to information and opportunities and provides information on starting a small business.
Disabled Owned and/or Operated Small Business Resources
Self Employment Resources for Job Seekers with Disabilities
Read about self-employment for people with disabilities and learn what you need to know before you get started.
JJ’s List is a website where people with people disabilities can receive support and rate disabled operated business and services. JJ Hanley founded JJ’s List as a commitment to help improve the long-term economic and social futures of people with all disabilities.
State and Federal Agency Resources
Illinois Assistive Technology Program
IATP's primary focus is on education, employment, community living, information technology and telecommunications.
Health & Disability Advocates (HDA)
HDA is a national organization, based in Chicago, Illinois, that uses multiple strategies to promote income security and improve healthcare access and services for children, people with disabilities and low-income, older adults.
US Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides small business entrepreneurs, including a step-by-step small business planner, publications, document samples, monthly chat events, electronic newsletters, podcasts and a myriad of business resources to support your business.
The U.S. Census Bureau provides information on demographics, economic indicators, trends and other valuable research you will want to consider when developing your business plan and marketing strategy.
State Colleges & Educational Resources
Illinois Small Business Development Center (SDBC)
Established in March 2005 to help entrepreneurs start a new business or expand or improve an existing business.
Business on Main
A one-stop resource for key Web services, productivity tools, time-saving templetes, business forms and more.
A comprehensive training and certification website.
Illinois Institute for Entrepreneurship Education
http://www.iiee.org or call 312-587-9296
State Government Resources
Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services
DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.
Health Benefits for Workers with Disabilities (HBDW)
Illinois is part of the national movement to help people with disabilities return to work. HBWD started providing medical benefits in January 2002.
Small Business Development Centers(SBDC’s)
Illinois Small Business Development Centers located throughout the state provide information, confidential business guidance, training and other resources to early stage and existing small businesses.
Illinois Entrepreneurship Network
The Illinois Entrepreneurship Network has a wealth of information to help businesses meet regulations and grow. Browse this section for helpful materials.
Youth & Transition Resources
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)
NCWD/ Youth provides information about employment options and youth with disabilities.
Innovative Financing Resources
Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.
Grant Proposal.com is a site for grant writing tips and devoted to providing free resources for both advanced grant writing consultants and inexperienced nonprofit staff
From done and bradstreet d&b
A website by Cary Griffin and Dave Hammis that specializes in self-employment for people with disabilities.
Legal & Contracting Resources
Shriver Center – Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
A helpful legal resource for business law ethics. The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in identifying, developing, and supporting creative and collaborative approaches to achieve social and economic justice for low-income people and communities.
Equip for Equality
Equip for Equality provides information on a variety of disability related concerns, including information on how to seek individual assistance with disability-related rights issues, including employment, and maintains a wealth of links and documents related to disability rights issues in its Resource Center.
Disability Law Lowdown Podcast
Brought to you by nationally recognized leaders in the field of disability law, the Disability Law Lowdown Podcast delivers the latest in disability rights information every other week. You can subscribe for free and have shows automatically delivered, or you can listen to the show and read the transcripts from this site.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Keep up to date on the Status Report from the Department of Justice, ADA compliance, Information and technical assistance at this site.
Books Related to Self-Employment & Entrepreneurship
Bolles, Richard Nelson & Brown, Dale Susan. Job Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped People or People with Disabilities. ( ). Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA. www.tenspeed.com
Doyle, Alice Weiss. No More Job Interviews: Self-Employment Strategies for People WithDisabilities. (2000) Training Resource Network, St. Augustine, FL.
Eikleberry, Carol. The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People. (1999) Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA. www.tenspeed.com
Greene, Rebecca. The Teenagers’ Guide to School Outside the Box. (2001) Free Spirit Publishing, Minneapolis, MN.
The Writing Works
This site has everything from how to set up and conduct a sales meeting to negotiating speaker fees, including professionally written sales meeting scripts, outlines, and proposals you can cut, paste, copy, revise, rework, rearrange, reassemble, or rewrite.
Quickly find vendors of business management software. Research sellers of business process management software offering a small business management software package. Identify a management software tool that fits your company needs.
Tech Support Forums
Tech Support Forum is home to more than 440,000 technical computer problems solved. Issues have included: Spyware, Malware, Virus Issues, Windows, Microsoft, Linux, Networking, Security, Hardware, and Gaming. Getting your problem solved is as easy as registering for a free account, asking a question and receiving an answer.:
Tellme combines the potential of voice technologies, passion of people, the innovation of the Internet, the unprecedented transformation of the phone, plus a few new ideas.
InfoEyes is a question and answer service for people with a visual impairment or other print limitation. You can ask a Librarian on the Internet a question about anything!
Ask a Librarian
Have a question for the Library of Congress? This site provides links based on the subject of your question. Some reading rooms have online chat capability.
ACT is an organization focused on the needs of small business innovators from around the world. They advocate for an environment that inspires and rewards innovation and help members leverage their intellectual assets to raise capital, create jobs and continue innovating.