Lake Forest welcomes new businesses and is committed to helping new and existing businesses prosper. Whether you are a business looking for a new home in Lake Forest or are already a member of our community, a number of resources are available on this city website. If you are considering opening a business in Lake Forest, please contact Susan Kelsey, Economic Development Officer.
Information regarding available retail and business spaces in Lake Forest can be found here.
Information regarding starting a business in the Village of Lake Bluff can be found here.
Lake County Partners
Lake County Partners works to deliver a comprehensive, seamless menu of economic development products and services that address the needs of current Lake County companies and prospective businesses.
College of Lake County
The Workforce and Professional Development Institute offers consulting and training programs for individuals and businesses, as well as government and non-profit organizations who seek to improve their organizational effectiveness and professional skills. On the CLC campus there is also a local office of the Small Business Development Center.
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity ('DCEO') is responsible for improving Illinois' competitiveness in the global economy. Guided by an innovative regional approach, DCEO administers a wide range of economic and workforce development programs.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration ('SBA') helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States.