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Business Resources

Start Your Business Here!


Whether you are relocating an existing business or starting a new one, Milan is an excellent location just on the perimeter of the Quad City area. 


Please refer our Community Profile document for more details about our local demographics, location, utilities, area attractions, transportation, and much more. This is also useful for prospective homeowners wanting to get to know the area better before moving. 

Your Future Customers


According to a 2013 census,


  • Milan population is 5,137

  • Rock Island 38,877

  • Coal Valley 3,743

  • Andalusia 1,199

  • Other surrounding areas 4,338+


The Milan area consists of many residents who shop locally and remain loyal to businesses they love. And don't forget the rest of the QC area also visits Milan to shop and seek services. That's an additional 216,000+ potential customers YOUR business serve.

Allow Us to Help


The Milan Chamber of Commerce wants to see you succeed. Whether you are a member or not, it is in our interest to supply you with the necessary resources to thrive. If we cannot provide those means, then we will find someone who can. For your convenience, the first part of this page will list local business resources.


While these are excellent sources, we encourage you to also join the Chamber to have direct access to relevant news and upcoming events. 

Village of Milan

Learn about our local economic development programs, available sites and buildings, zoning map, jurisdictional boundaries, and more when you visit the Village website. 

Click here for the contact page

U.S. Small Business Administration

​Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA provides assistance primarily through its four programmatic functions: 

Business Financing

Entrepreneurial Development

Federal Procurement



SCORE is a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses. The Quad Cities Chapter is run by over 25 volunteers who have in depth, practical experience running and managing businesses.

SCORE offers free mentoring to start-up and established small businesses. SCORE also provides local workshops and events to connect small business owners with the people and information they need to start, grow, and maintain their businesses, as well as online workshops available 24/7. SCORE provides resources, templates and tools to assist entrepreneurs in developing tools and plans they need to navigate their way to small business success.

IL Small Business Development Center

The IL Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and International Trade Center (ITC) at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities provides FREE, confidential one-on-one advising, training and research to assist small businesses to start, grow and sustain.


The goal of the SBDC/ITC is to create a more vibrant small business community within the region. Work with their advisers to receive guidance on building a business plan, conducting market research, raising capital, improving financial management skills, increasing or starting exporting business, and planning an exit strategy. 

Bi-State Regional Commission

A local, voluntary organization of five counties and 44 municipalities that serves as a forum for intergovernmental cooperation and delivery of regional programs and assists member local governments in planning and project development. 

Bi-State Regional Commission is working with the Village of Milan to update its Comprehensive Land Use and Zoning Plan. 

Your Guide to the Online MBA

Considering an MBA? Make informed decisions using our comprehensive collection of resources that guide you through the entire MBA planning process. From comparing schools to submitting your application, find the right MBA program to fit your needs.

This 10-part series benefits everyone from the traditional college student to the professional seeking an advanced business degree, exploring the topics essential to choosing an MBA program tailored to individual goals.

Community Resources

Become a Resident


When you live in Milan, you get to enjoy the small-town feel while also having quick access to several major interstates and to the greater Quad City area. Enjoy tidy streets, lots of recreational fun, and more when you become a Milan resident. 

Build your new home in Milan!


The Village is currently offering a New Home Construction Property Tax Rebate Program, which is available for the first 3 years the owners occupy the home. 

Learn more by contacting Village Hall.

Allow Us to Help


The Milan Chamber of Commerce welcomes new members to the community because we recognize how important Milan residents are to our local businesses. They are what drive our business owners to do their best. If ever someone is in need of something, we want to be able to help. 

Below is a list of community  resources available to local residents (wherever they may live in the QC).


Whether you need help with a home loan or some assistance over the holidays, there is a local organization ready to serve.  

Economic Growth Corporation

Economic Growth Corporation (GROWTH) is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the overall image and economic vitality of

under-served communities. GROWTH accomplishes this by improving housing market dynamics, providing fair and equal housing access, encouraging home ownership, providing home-ownership and foreclosure prevention counseling, creating jobs, and growing the tax base.

GROWTH is proud to introduce a new regional Housing & Financial Education Center, located at 114 19th Street, Rock Island. GROWTH has three certified housing counselors on staff to assist anyone in need of financial education, housing counseling, and foreclosure prevention services. 

Milan Food Pantry

Serving residents in Milan, SW Rock Island, Taylor Ridge, and Andalusia, about 275 families and 900 people per month benefit from the Milan Food Pantry. Since it serves so many it is a very valuable resource to our community.

Pantry Hours are:

  • Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Five area churches, charitable donors, and gracious company sponsors are supporting the pantry.


Location: 225 E First Street, Milan, IL 61264

Monetary donations: PO Box 333, Milan, IL 61264.

Contact Jody Kerres for more info: 309-278-3400.


Milan Microtransit

June 10, 2019 Milan Microtransit was introduced to Milan.  What is Milan Microtransit you ask, a new ride-share service just for the Village of Milan!  MetroLink offers an on-demand public transportation option that will pick up and drop off riders anywhere within the designated service area.   Why Use Microtransit?  Microtransit gives you the freedom and flexibility to move through your day according to your schedule, with on-demand convenience.  Available within the Village of Milan, Microtransit gets you where you need to go, all with the click of a button. Try it today!

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