Starting a New Business in Oak Park & River Forest
Welcome to learning more about opening and operating a business Oak Park and River Forest!
- OAK PARK - information about opening a new business, and free 6-month Chamber membership for new businesses, see below.
- RIVER FOREST - information about opening a new business and a free 6-month Chamber membership for any business (existing or new), scroll down!
There are some great resources for you to tap into if you are looking to start your business in Oak Park:
- Check out the Village of Oak Park's web site for their Business Startup Guide to get an overview of what steps you need to go through to go from an idea to reality.
- Thinking about a brick & mortar location for your business? Tap into expertise at the Oak Park Economic Development Corporation. They can help you find a location that meets your goals and suits your needs now and looking to the future.
- Just looking for a small office space so you can graduate from your home office (or kitchen table!)? Reach out to us and we can connect you with member businesses who can help! Email email@example.com.
We've got some great news!
To support new businesses starting in 2022, the Village of Oak Park has partnered with the OPRF Chamber to provide free 6-month memberships for all new business licenses!
Do I have to sign-up for my free Chamber membership? No, your membership will automatically be activated about two weeks after you have received your new business license. We will send you a welcome email with information on how to get started.
What's included with my membership? CLICK HERE to see the benefits of a Standard Membership.
What can you offer to help new members get started? We have a whole year of programming designed specifically for new members! CLICK HERE to see how to get involved.
Does my new membership include a Ribbon Cutting? Yes! We love to celebrate and we would love to celebrate with you! CLICK HERE for more info.
How do I continue my membership after 6 months? We will send you a notice when your free 6month membership is about to expire and help you to find the right membership tier to meet your business goals for the future. You can CLICK HERE to see the membership tiers available to you.
The Village of River Forest is ready to help you get your business started in the Village!
- Take a look at the Village website for a comprehensive list of resources to start a business - CLICK HERE.
- The Village also has a Business Starter Kit with great info to get you started.
Get your FREE Chamber Membership!
River Forest has partnered with the Chamber in 2022 and will provide a FREE 6-month Chamber membership to every business (new or existing) that is located in the Village and has an active business license!