Elk Grove has created the Business Resource Guide as a virtual tool box to provide current and prospective businesses with valuable information on the Village's processes and available business development resources. The guide is intended to serve as a resource to step you through business of start-up, operation, and expansion phases.
Navigate through the sections below to better understand how to accomplish your specific objectives. By grasping all the necessary steps for achieving your goal, the Village guarantees easier, more efficient, and potentially quicker resolutions to your concerns. We're here to help you!
In 2014, the Village approved the Busse / Elmhurst TIF District.
The TIF District is a valuable resource encouraging redevelopment and business expansion. Businesses or real estate professionals may access TIF funds in cases where there is a redevelopment opportunity and a clearly demonstrated benefit to the community.
When proposing to open a business in Elk Grove, there are a number of items that should be explored before making a solid commitment to a site. The following steps are not all-inclusive, but are important in determining if your use is allowed and how long it will be before you can occupy the proposed space.
For your convenience, the Village maintains a website that lists available commercial space in the Village,
www.elkgrovesites.com. The website serves as an interactive database listing commercial space in Elk Grove. Individual buildings are listed along with demographic, labor market, consumer spending, and business data specific to the space you are viewing. The inventory is updated regularly by real estate development professionals working in the area ensuring that all information is current.
Elk Grove Technology Park features 85 acres net usable land, with state-of-the-art speculative and build-to-suit opportunities.
Groundbreaking and the commencement of infrastructure development will take place in early 2018, with anticipated completion of speculative construction in First Quarter 2019 (subject to change).
The Village is divided into districts designed to group compatible business together in specific areas. Before moving forward on a certain site, contact the Department of Community Development to confirm that your business is allowed to operate at the site you have selected.
A formal Zoning Application must be submitted to this department prior to occupying the building. We strongly recommend that you obtain the zoning approval BEFORE entering into a sale or lease agreement. This approval provides you with written verification from the Village that the proposed use is permitted at the proposed location.
If you are going to enter into a lease agreement or a contract to purchase property for the purpose of operating a business, remember to include a contingency for Elk Grove Village zoning approvals and permits. If it is determined that a Plan Commission review of your proposal is necessary, you should allow a minimum of six to eight weeks from the time you submit your application to the time a decision is rendered. However, most new businesses do not need to go through the Plan Commission review process.
The Village's Engineering and Community Development Department is your first point of contact for issues related to zoning, permitting, and inspections. Elk Grove Village requires engineering permits when any work is performed on the exterior of a building. This work may include parking lot repairs, sidewalk repairs, apron and driveway repairs, as well as work regarding green space, constructing or repairing water services, storm sewers, or sanitary sewers. Call the Village at 847-357-4220 if you have any questions regarding when a permit is required. Full information can be found online at www.elkgrove.org.
The following is a brief synopsis of procedures individuals should be aware of in expanding or opening a business:
Permit Submittal Requirements
All permit applications must be accompanied by the following: A plat of survey, a plan sheet highlighting all work to be performed (provide as much information as possible), and a signed contract proposal or an engineer's estimate of cost. Larger plans, such as parking lot reconstructions or additions, site work relating to building additions or remodels, etc., require a submittal by a licensed civil engineer. The submittal shall include a full plan set with all appropriate Village specifications and details. Click here to find all of the Village's details and specifications.
Separate building permits are required for all interior building work. Building permits are required for construction projects such as electrical work, fences, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, interior and exterior alterations, structural modifications, new buildings and additions, plumbing work, roofing work, signs, water heater replacement, decks and sheds. Permit fees are associated with such projects and are calculated during the plan review process. Click here for information regarding building permits.
Permit Review Process
The Department of Engineering and Community Development considers itself to be in partnership with the business community. Accordingly, we take pride in providing exceptional customer service by offering the fastest, comprehensive permit review services in the area. In almost all cases, we provide a plan review response to original submittals in ten working days or less. Remember, however, that this ten-day turnaround refers to the time it takes for the plan review and does not guarantee permit issuance until adequate plans meeting all applicable code requirements are submitted to and approved by the Village. The best way you can expedite the permit process is to make sure a complete set of permit drawings is submitted for review that clearly identifies all work to be done.
Inspections are mandatory while work is in progress to ensure that construction complies with approved permit plans and code regulations. Inspections associated with building permits are scheduled directly through the Department of Community Development by simply contacting them the day before the inspection is needed.
Food service and retail establishments that sell food and/or beverage products to the public are permitted and inspected by the Health Services Department. The Department enforces sanitation requirements set forth by the Illinois State Food Service Sanitation Code. The number of inspections an establishment receives per year is dependent on the establishment's type and risk level. View the Illinois State Food Service Sanitation Code.
New owners looking to open a food service or retail establishment in the Village should start with zoning approval from the Engineering and Community Development Department. After this approval is obtained, the owner may then apply for a Business License through the Finance Department. New construction or interior renovation will require a building permit and plan review. New owners submitting plans must also complete and return the Health Services Department "Plan Review Form". After plans are approved and construction is complete, the Health Inspector will schedule a pre-opening (approval for food storage) and opening (approval to operate) inspection with the owner.
Processor, wholesale, and warehouse operations that store or prepare food and/or beverage products will also need to apply for zoning and obtain a Business License. A building permit and review will be required for any renovation or construction. The establishment will also need to pass a pre-opening and opening inspection with the Health Inspector. A Health Permit is not required for these types of establishments. Once the establishment is approved to open by the Health Services Department, the owner must contact the proper agency (Illinois Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Administration, and/or Illinois Department of Agriculture) for licensing and any additional requirements.
New owners looking to take over an existing food-related business must apply for a new Business License. The owner will then be contacted by the Health Inspector to schedule a change of ownership inspection.
The Village's Finance Department is the first point of contact for business licensing and government procurement activities. For more information, please visit www.elkgrove.org or call 847-357-4055.
Businesses conducting retail sales of any product or merchandise require a license. All food, beverage, as well as coin-operated amusement/musical devices, must also display a valid license. Other activities requiring a business license include day care centers, food caterers, and retail establishments.
Companies are responsible for obtaining all necessary licenses. Pre-printed license applications for businesses currently licensed will be mailed in mid-April. For further information, or to determine if your business requires a license, please call the Finance Department at 847-357-4062 or stop by the Finance Counter in the Municipal Building.
The annual fee for a business license covers the cost of making inspections necessary to safeguard public safety, health, and welfare. Failure to obtain a license can result in fines of $25 to $500 per day.
The Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce
The Mission of the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce is as follows:
The Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce Offers:
Programs and Events: Chamber programs have included a series of Business After Hours and Seminars. The Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce is an affiliate Chamber of the Greater O'Hare Association, Illinois' premier regional business organization. Through this affiliation, you also have a membership with the Greater O'Hare Association. This includes monthly luncheons, trade shows, job fairs, Sales Institute, Small Business Marketing Roundtable and much more.
Networking: The Chamber can be a terrific source of business for your firm. Monthly meetings, committee involvement and special events offer you the opportunity to develop valuable business contacts.
For more information about the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce, call toll free 1-877-ELK-GROV (1-877-355-4768) or visit our website at www.elkgrovechamber.org
The Greater Woodfield Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Convention Bureau is a non-profit (501C6) quasi-governmental destination marketing agency that serves several municipalities in Chicago's northwest suburbs with a population (count taken at the 2000 census) of 520,463. It's one of Illinois' 39 certified bureaus funded by the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity/Office of Tourism through its Grant Program.
Convention Bureaus traditionally known as DMOs or Destination Marketing Organizations concentrate on producing programs to promote the area they serve in order to increase overnight hotel bookings, thereby stimulating the local economy through visitor spending. CVBs identify growing market niches, including sports, associations, motor coaches, corporate, and SMERF (social-military-educational-religious-fraternal) groups. Leisure Tourism has become a major focus for the convention bureau staff as well.
With the wealth of hotels and attractions, the WCNCB, as a Membership-driven DMO, develops programs to highlight individual stakeholders to the visitor market. These affiliations have us partnering with village/city/chambers; hotels; attractions, including shopping centers; restaurants/nightclubs; and support services encompassing corporations that choose to support the Bureau's efforts toward greater economic health.
For more information contact the:
The Greater Woodfield Convention and Visitors Bureau
1375 E. Woodfield Rd., Suite 120
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Sales Tax: The following is a brief guide to taxes that apply to purchases made by residents and businesses in Elk Grove Village. The Village overlaps into two (2) counties, Cook and DuPage, resulting in a different sales tax rate for each county.
Village Home Rule Tax
County Home Rule Tax
Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)
Total General Merchandise
Village Food & Beverage Tax
Total Prepared Food & Alcoholic Beverages
Prepared Foods & Beverages Restaurants, cafeterias, banquet facilities and bars assess an additional 1.00% tax on prepared food intended for immediate consumption on the premises and alcoholic beverages sold at retail either for consumption on the premises or sold in original packaging for consumption off premises.
Qualifying Food, Drugs, and Medical Appliances Qualifying food, drugs and medical appliances are taxed at a lower rate than general merchandise. This lower tax is applicable on non-prepared foods such as a cake mix or milk. The total tax on qualifying food, drugs and medical appliances in Cook County is 2.25%. In DuPage County, this rate is 1.75%. Note: effective September 1, 2009, the State of Illinois revised its list of items that are charged this lower tax rate. For further information, visit www.revenue.state.il.us
Telecommunication Taxes Telecommunication taxes apply toward the gross charges on both local and long distance telecommunications made by businesses and residences located within the Village. The term telecommunications includes telephone, facsimile, paging and wireless service. Elk Grove Village charges a 5.00% Simplified Municipal Telecommunications Tax on all gross charges. The maximum allowed by state statute is 6.00%. The Village also charges $.75 per line to help cover the cost for emergency 911 services. Please note that state and federal telecommunications taxes and fees are also added to all telecommunications bills. The tax rate charged to all telecommunications bills by the State of Illinois is 7.00%.
Municipal Gas Use Tax A tax of $0.01 per therm of natural gas use is charged for all natural gas use within the corporate boundaries of Elk Grove Village.
Hotel/Motel Tax A tax of 6.00% is charged on the gross rental receipts of all hotels and motels located in Elk Grove Village. The tax is collected by the hotel/motel from the occupant at the time the room is paid for.
Elk Grove has compiled a wealth of Village, State, National, and private sector resources and contact points to help EGV businesses start-up, sustain, and expand. See the variety of sections below for available business financing.
DCEO is the lead state agency responsible for improving the competitiveness of Illinois businesses. DCEO provides information, assistance, and advocacy to facilitate business expansion in and relocation to Illinois. DCEO has a number of resources available to assist small and large businesses succeed in Illinois. Programs include:
The Participation Loan Program provides credit enhanced financial assistance to Illinois small businesses that provide employment opportunities to Illinois citizens. Through banks, development corporations and other lenders, DCEO can participate in business loans up to 25% of the total amount of a project, but not less than $10,000 or more than $750,000. DCEO's terms will typically match those of the participating financial institutions in regard to interest rate and maturity. Funds can be used for the purchase of land and buildings, construction or renovation, purchase and installation of machinery and equipment, and working capital.
The Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) is a self-financed, state-authorized authority principally engaged in issuing taxable and tax-exempt bonds, making loans, and investing capital for businesses, non-profit corporations, and local government units statewide. As a self-funded agency, IFA receives no general revenue funds from the State of Illinois, and the state bears no liability for the debt IFA issues or otherwise incurs. IFA's operating income is exclusively derived from application and closing fees, interest income, and investment income.
IFA offers a variety of products that assist Illinois businesses, schools, municipalities and non-profits. These include bonds, loans, and venture capital
For additional information contact:
Illinois Finance Authority
Phone: 312-627-1434 OR 800-717-6066
SomerCor provides SBA 504 Loans. Loans are available for all types of small for profit businesses to purchase and/or renovate capital assets, including land, buildings, and equipment.
For more information contact:
SomerCor 504 Inc.
Two East 8th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Growth Corp's 504 Loan Program helps provide small businesses with better access to money for expansion than would otherwise be available through conventional financing. The 504 Loan Program is available to most businesses for the purchase, construction, or expansion/renovation of buildings and/or the purchase of equipment.
For more information contact:
Business Growth Corporation
2401 West White Oaks Drive
Springfield, IL 62704-7423
State Treasurer's Economic Program (STEP)
The STEP program is for Illinois companies creating or retaining permanent jobs. For each permanent full-time job that is created or retained, the Treasurer can deposit up to $25,000 at below market rates into the borrower's financial institution. The borrower must have the financial ability to carry out the project, demonstrate the State will gain long-term benefits, and create a minimum of five full-time jobs.
Economic Recovery Loan Program (ER)
This program is aimed at out-of-state firms establishing their first (non-retail) facilities in the state. For each permanent full-time job that is created for retained, the State Treasurer can deposit up to $50,000 at below market rates into the borrower's financial institution. That institution (which must have an in-state presence) will then lend the money at below prevailing interest rates to the borrower. Manufacturing projects will be favored and all funding is committed at the sole discretion of the State Treasurer.
For additional information contact:
Illinois State Treasurer
100 West Randolph Street, Suite 4-100
Chicago, IL 60601
The IEPA defines a Brownfield as a parcel of land, or portion thereof that has actual or perceived contamination that impedes its potential for redevelopment. Brownfield sites vary in size, location, age, and past use. These properties can range from a closed gas station to a former multi-acre manufacturing facility. The IEPA offers a variety of programs to help communities and landowners reclaim their property from environmental contamination.
For additional information contact:
Office of Brownfield Assistance
Bureau of Land
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
1021 North Grand Avenue East
Springfield, IL 62794-9276
ACCION Chicago is a non-profit organization that provides credit and other business services to small business owners who do not have access to traditional sources of financing. By encouraging the economic self-reliance of micro-entrepreneurs throughout Illinois, ACCION Chicago strives to help businesses and communities grow.
For additional information contact:
1618 West 18th Street, Suite 200
Chicago, Illinois 60608
Cook County offers tax abatement programs to encourage private enterprise to develop in the county and maintain and increase job opportunities, thereby resulting in an increased tax base for the entire county. Currently, the property taxes for industrial properties are assessed at 25% of the fair market value of the property. Property approved under these abatement programs allow the owner a property assessment of 10% for a period of 12 years, resulting in a sizeable reduction of property tax due on the property.
In order to be eligible for Class 6B Abatement, the property must be used for an industrial purpose and, in addition, one of the following criteria must be met: new construction, buying a building that has been vacant for one year or more, or substantial renovation to an existing building.
In order to be eligible for Class C Abatement, the property must be used for an industrial purpose and, in addition, the following criteria must be met:
Since these programs are offered by Cook County, the applications are made to the county. However, the application must be accompanied by a resolution adopted by Elk Grove Village supporting the application. The Village has supported over 300 such applications since the inception of these programs in 1984.
There is a non-refundable $500 application fee.
If you would like to speak with someone from Elk Grove Village about this program, please call Josh Grodzin, Director of Business Development and Marketing at 847-357-4005.
Small Business Technology Transfer program (STTR) / Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)
The SBIR/STTR Program stimulates technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role of small business concerns in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged persons and women-owned small businesses in technological innovation.
For additional information, visit
Elk Grove has compiled a wealth of Village, State, National, and private sector resources to help EGV businesses start-up, sustain, and expand. See the sections below for agencies and information related to business development.
ENCLAVE FOR ENTREPRENEURS
ENCLAVE for Entrepreneurs is an international collaborative learning center for entrepreneurs in Elk Grove Village. It is a private-public partnership that connects entrepreneurs, investors, vendors, and other innovators with valuable resources. It was founded by John R. Dallas, Jr., David E. Morrison, Jr., and David E. (Daven) Morrison III.
ENCLAVE is an illuminator, not an incubator or an accelerator. Here light shines on the development of entrepreneurs, with related focus on ventures. Before, while, and after entrepreneurs develop their entities, ENCLAVE illuminates and facilitates venture-relevant opportunities for deeper learning.
To learn more, visit enclaveforentrepreneurs.com
Business Leaders Forum (BLF)
The Village is excited is announce the launch of the Business Leaders Forum (BLF) for 2019..
The BLF is a collaboration between the Village and the business community to leverage the collective business expertise and resources present in the Village's business community.
With business occupancies at all-time high, the Village developed the BLF to ensure that business owners and operators have the tools they need to accelerate the growth of their companies.
The BLF Strives to:
The BLF has a full schedule of business ambassador visits, networking, and knowledge sharing events planned for 2019.
If you are a current business owner or an aspiring local entrepreneur and are interested in participating, contact Josh Grodzin, Director of Business Development and Marketing at 847-357-4005 or email@example.com.
Next Level Northwest (NLNW)
NLNW is a business accelerator for businesses that have moved beyond the startup phase but have not yet reached their full potential. NLNW is the premier organization in suburban Cook County for businesses that want to grow profits, engage their employees, and innovate.
In November of 2018 Rada Auto Group was the inaugural Elk Grove business accepted into the program. Rada is now working with a business coach and participating in an immersive twelve week one-on-one coaching experience. Rada is focusing on expanding the business, growing their staff, and increasing profits.
Qualifying business must have been in business for at least three years and reached some financial milestones.
Next Level Northwest (NLNW) is now taking applications.
This is your opportunity to engage with a professional business coach to accelerate your business.
NLNW is a not-for-profit collaboration between the Villages of Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg.
For more information, please visit http://www.nextlevelnorthwest.org/ or contact Josh Grodzin, Director of Business Development and Marketing at 847-357-4005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harper College Apprenticeship Program
Harper's New Registered Apprenticeship programs are unique, flexible training programs combining job related credit courses with structured on-the-job learning experiences. An apprenticeship is first and foremost a job and comes with substantial training and the development of transferable skills, which is beneficial to the employer and the employee. The goal for our apprenticeship programs is to provide workers with advanced skill sets that meet the specific needs of employers.
Harper College Office of Apprenticeship
1200 W Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067
workNet Northern Cook County
The workNet Career Center is the premiere location for training, developing, and connecting the local workforce. workNet goals are to provide job seekers with the tools necessary for successful employment and to assist DuPage County businesses in strengthening their workforce.
workNet serves both the job seekers and employers of Northern Cook County and the immediate suburban Chicago area. Among offerings for job seekers are job search workshops, job fairs, Friday Job Club, and scholarships for job training programs. Among offerings for employers are worker training grants, job posting services, and recruiting events.
Illinois workNet of Northern Cook County / Arlington Heights
723 W Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
The Village provides water and sewer service to incorporated properties. Following are the water and sewer rates per 1,000 gallons, as billed on a bi-monthly basis.
Utility Entities and Contact Information:
Telephone, Hi-speed Internet, and Video Television
Telephone, Hi-speed Internet, and Cable Television
The Village of Elk Grove Village is run by the Council-Manager form of government. This form of municipal government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials (Mayor and Board of Trustees) with the strong administrative experience of the Village Manager.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mayor who is elected at large for a four (4) year term.
Legislative Body Village Board of Trustees – Six (6) trustees elected for four (4) year term overlapping terms.
Village Clerk The Village Clerk is an appointed official, responsible for keeping all Official Village Records. The Village Clerk's Office also handles voter registration and Village elections.
Chief Administrative Officer - Village Manager The Chief Administrative Officer - Village Manager is a professional administrator appointed by the Mayor and Board of Trustees to direct daily operations of the Village. The Village Manager is responsible for preparation and presentation of the budget and has full authority over all Village Departments.
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The Plan Commission
The Plan Commission consists of 9 volunteer residents of the Village, one of whom serves as Chairman. The Plan Commission meets at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. These meetings typically take place on the second or fourth Wednesday, but only when needed.
The Plan Commission makes recommendations to the Mayor and Board of Trustees concerning land suitable for annexation, subdivisions of real estate, and associated issues such as landscape plans, screening plans, and locations of public improvements in new developments.
In addition, the Plan Commission holds public hearings concerning rezoning request and special use requests. Following the public hearing, the Plan Commission makes recommendations to the Village Board concerning the issue at hand.
The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)
The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) consists of 9 volunteer residents, one of whom serves as Chairman. The ZBA does not have a set meeting schedule, but meets during evening hours on an as-needed basis.
The ZBA holds public hearing to consider petitions for variations to the Village's Zoning Ordinance and make recommendations to the Mayor and Board of Trustees concerning the petition.
In addition, the ZBA will make recommendations concerning the interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance from time to time.
The Purchasing Division is responsible for providing a fair and competitive process for the purchase and acquisition of equipment, supplies, materials, and professional services.
Responsibilities of the Purchasing Division include:
For more information on how to become a vendor of the Village, please contact the Finance Department's Purchasing Division at: 847-439-3900
This information is provided for your convenience and is intended to serve only as a guide. The Village of Elk Grove shall not be liable for any errors or misinformation contained in this directory. The authority to approve development proposals lies exclusively with the Village of Elk Grove Board of Trustees. This document shall in no way imply or guarantee approval of specific land uses without proceeding through the required review, application and approval processes.