Resources

Tourists and residents in search of a close-by getaway often head to the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor and nearby Illinois/Des Plaines River. State parks, forest preserves, fish and wildlife areas, hiking trails, canoe routes and more can be found along this unique river route. Joliet is a primary starting point for trips up and down the river. The communities along the canal corridor each hold annual summer festivals and outdoor events that draw visitors from across the region.

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City of Joliet

(815) 724-4000
150 W. Jefferson St.,
Joliet, IL 60432
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Joliet Business Licenses

The City of Joliet licenses and regulates certain businesses that operate within the corporate limits under the regulations found in the City Code of Ordinances. The Office of the City Clerk – Business Services is responsible for receiving, processing, and issuing applications, licenses, and license renewals. Applications for licenses are reviewed by various city departments prior to issuance. In some cases a business may be required to have several licenses. Licenses must be approved prior to opening for business.

All Licenses are valid for one calendar year beginning January 1st of each year until December 31st. New businesses are required to obtain a license prior to opening anytime during the calendar year. The valid license must be visibly displayed at the location. All license fees are intended to cover the administrative costs associated with processing the application, and are non-refundable. Licenses are not transferable and are required for each location.

Prior to signing any lease it is strongly suggested that you contact the Community Development Department – Planning Division at (815) 724-4050 to determine if proper zoning exists on the site.

Visit the City of Joliet website for further information

Applications Are Needed For / Further Info on Licenses

APPLICATIONS ARE NEEDED FOR:
Background Check for Liquor/Tobacco License for Tobacco Dealers

Coin Operated Vending Machines and Coin Operated Amusement and Gambling Devices Business Application for Coin Operated Amusement and Coin Operated Vending

General Business License Application for:
Auctioneers
Billiard Halls/Pool Halls
Brokers
Dry Cleaners
Food Service Establishments
Food Stores
Gasoline Stations
Hotel/Motel
Massage Salons
Nursing Homes
Paint Sales/ Application
Public Garages (Auto Repair)
Tattoo Artists / Tattoo Shops
Tobacco Dealers
Weapons Dealers
Wholesale Purveyors
Wholesale Purveyor of Meats

Junk Peddler License Application for Junk Peddlers

Mobile Ice Cream Truck or Push Cart Vendor Business License Application for Mobile Ice Cream Truck
Push Cart Vendors

Refuse Disposal Business License Application for Private Waste Collectors/Scavengers and Recycling Agents

Second Hand Dealer Application

Sidewalk Café Application for Dining establishment using public sidewalk for seasonal use

Taxi Cab Services Application for Chauffeurs, Express Package Delivery, Public Passenger Vehicles, and Taxi Cab Companies

Transient Vendor/Itinerant Merchants Business License Application for Transient Vendor and Itinerant Merchants

Warehouse Licensing for Warehouses

If you are an alarm contractor, please contact the Joliet Police Department – Communications Center at (815) 724-3305 for information.

If you are seeking a liquor license please contact the Liquor Commissioners Office at (815) 724-3710.

If you are a trade’s contractor please contact the Community Development Department – Inspection Division at (815) 724-4070 for information. They license the following: heating and cooling & electrical contractors.

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County of Will

(815) 722-5515
302 N. Chicago St.,
Joliet, IL 60432
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County Quick Reference Help Guide
Landlord/Tenant Assistance
Rent/Mortgage/Utility Assistance
Legal Assistance
Homelessness & Shelter Assistance
Domestic Abuse or Violence Assistance
Mental Health / Crisis Counseling
Senior Assistance
Veteran Assistance
Non-Emergency Medical Care

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Illinois Chamber of Commerce

300 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60606
312.983.7100
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce

1615 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20062-2000
Main Number: 202-659-6000
Customer Service: 1-800-638-6582
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Will County Center for Economic Development

The Will County Center for Economic Development (CED), a not-for-profit foundation, is a one-stop shop for information and assistance in locating or expanding a business in Will County.

(815) 727-2332
116 N. Chicago Street,
Joliet IL 60432
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Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Joliet Junior College

The Illinois SBDC offers:

One-on-one business advising
No-cost resources
Seminars, workshops, classes and events to assist with the start-up or expansion of your business

Joliet SBDC
(815) 280-2735
(815) 280-2957
1215 Houbolt Road (JJC Main Campus)
Joliet Il. 60431
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City Center Partnership

City Center Partnership
(815) 723-1800
116 N. Chicago St., Suite 101
Joliet Il. 60432
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Heritage Corridor CVB

The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau was incorporated in 1984 to service the communities along the Illinois and Michigan Canal. The Bureau is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of leaders in the tourism industry from the four areas serviced by the Bureau.
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Will County Governmental League

15905 S. Frederick Street
Suite 107
Plainfield, IL 60586
(815) 254-7700

Web Site

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Will County Lodging Association

1515 Riverboat Ctr Drive
Joliet, IL 60431
(815) 741-2100
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Will County Green - Business Recycling Program

58 E. Clinton Street, Suite 100
Joliet, IL  60432
815-774-4343
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Des Plaines River Valley Enterprise Zone

(815) 740-4780
302 N. Chicago St.,
Joliet, IL 60432
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The Illinois Small Business Resource Guide

Illinois Small Business Resource Guide
www.Illinoissmallbusinessresourceguide.com
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International Trade Dept.

(815) 727-6544, xt 1312
214 N. Ottawa St.,
Joliet, IL 60432
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Joliet Region Port District

(815) 838-8523
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Joliet Township Office

(815) 726-4781
51 N. Des Plaines St.,
Joliet, IL 60432
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Three Rivers Manufacturers' Association

(815) 774-6070
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Will County State's Attorney's Bad Check Program

Tracy Tibbetts
Territory Manager
(866) 704-9528
ttibbetts@checkprogram.com
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Bids/Requests for Proposal

City of Joliet

Bid/RFP page

Will County

Current Bids

Below are current Joliet Junior College’s bidding opportunity.  Detailed bidding information is posted to our website at: www.jjc.edu/community/vendors/current-solicitations.

  • Athletic Training Services

Upcoming projects, which will be posted to the same link within the next several weeks include:

  • Video Management System Software
  • G-Building Asbestos Abatement
  • Uniform & Linen Laundry Services
  • Microsoft Campus Agreement
  • Elevator Maintenance

Vendors interested in registering with Joliet Junior College may click here to complete the process with our third-party e-procurement provider, ESM. A step-by-step supplier registration guide is posted to the college’s website for your reference. General supplier guides are also available on ESM’s website.

If you should have any questions during the registration process, please do not hesitate to contact ESM Solutions Customer Support (877) 969-7246 Option 3.

In addition, click below for a guide used to help the community understand the purchasing process for JJC and other institutions of Higher Education in Illinois.

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