Entrepreneurs and businesses of all types and sizes can access this tool on the Chamber's website for up-to-date, reliable business advice and information. Tools for Business Success has local, state, federal and best-of-web resources to help start, grow and maintain your business.
Business Counseling Services (BCS), is a group of seasoned business counselors and staff that are a resource for entrepreneurs and startup companies. The Chamber provides one-on-one consultations for small and growing businesses at no charge. Along with a dedicated chamber staff person, this group offers free, confidential business counseling to small businesses and individuals considering opening a business. We provide a full range of services, from vetting an idea to assisting with a business plan, providing technical expertise, and cutting the ribbon at your grand opening. Chamber membership is not required. Companies that counsel through the Chamber are eligible for a special chamber membership price when ready to open their business, should they decide to join.
This portal provides basic information on proposed, active and completed development projects and planned Capital Improvement Projects within the City of Champaign's corporate limits. Projects with a $750,000 and above construction value are reflected on the map. The project summaries contain information provided in public documents, including building permits, news articles, press releases, or project websites maintained by the owners or developers of the projects. Questions or comments should be directed to the city's economic development office at 217-403-8800.
Below is a list of area financial institutions in Champaign County that support the local business community. They are helpful resources when starting a new business and/or expanding your current business.
BankChampaign, N.A. – 217.351.2870
Central Illinois Bank – 217.355.0900
Commerce Bank – 217.359.9790
First Financial Bank – 217.352.6700
First Mid Bank & Trust – 217.398.0067
First Midwest Bank – 217.378.7639
First State Bank – 217.239.3000
Heartland Bank & Trust Co. – 217.359.5555
Hickory Point Bank & Trust – 217.351.7100
Marine Bank – 217.239.0100
Midland States Bank – 217.974.7139
Prairie State Bank & Trust – 217.239.7616
Prospect Bank – 217.352.0077
SCB Bank – 217.356.6789
Area Loan Programs
Various loan programs are available for businesses, governments and organizations in Champaign County. Find more details on the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission website.
The Trends Report publication provides our members with information and data that can be used in daily business decision-making. The publication is distributed to all Chamber members. The full-color report provides data about the local marketplace and demographics that can be helpful to members as they strategically plan for the future.