Want to start a business? Have questions about permits, zoning, costs, or business planning? Come to BusinessFirst!

BusinessFirst is part of the City of Rockford's business development programming, helping entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life. At a 30-minute BusinessFirst session you will meet with all stakeholders to explain the regulations for starting your business in Rockford. The session will include representations from the City of Rockford (Economic Development, Building and Construction, and Planning and Zoning), the Winnebago County Health Department, Four Rivers Sanitation Authority, and the Small Business Development Center to walk through your project and provide you with the information you need to know to get your business up and running while answering all of your questions. 

BusinessFirst Flyer (PDF)


Meetings are held every other Tuesday at Rockford City Hall. Three slots are available: 2:00, 2:30, and 3:00.

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  1. Francisca French

    Economic Development Diversity and Procurement Coordinator