The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and BMO Harris Bank are committed to helping small businesses make real financial progress. On January 29, 2020 we will unveil the findings of our 2020 Chicagoland Small Business Outlook Survey, which provides insights on what’s top of mind for small business owners across Chicagoland as we head into the new decade. Conducted in partnership with the Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business, this is the only survey of its kind reporting on small business owners in the region that measures key indicators and future performance in revenues, employment, and allocation of resources. It also reports on overall confidence and growth prospects among small business owners. View full finding here.

2020 Outlook Survey Results NOW LIVE

Watch these videos with key findings from the 2020 Survey Results


See the Results from Previous Years

To download the results of our 2018 Small Business Outlook Survey, please click here or watch the following video for a recap.


A special thanks to BMO Harris Bank for their generous support of our 2020 Small Business Outlook Survey. We are also grateful to Professor Alexander Krasnikov and his team at the Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business for all their research and hard work.

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