Useful Links

Accredited Online Colleges-www.accreditedonlinecolleges.com/guide-earning-credit-college
      Guide to earning credit before college.
All Kids Covered Program, State of Illinois - www.allkidscovered.com
     Making health care a reality for hundreds of thousands of families across the state.
American Legion Post 88 - www.legionpost88.com
     Welcome to Lawrence Riddle Post 88 - Mattoon, Illinois
Annuities Assistance for Veterans - www.annuity.org
     Assistance available for Veterans and their families to learn and understand the options available to them.
Better Business Bureau (BBB) - www.stlouis.bbb.org
     Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois
Bureau of Labor Statistics - http://stats.bls.gov
Business USA - www.business.usa.gov
     The official resource to help businesses quickly find compliance information, forms and contacts from multiple U.S. government web sites.
The Business Continuity Institute - www.thebci.org
     Provides resources and tools to assist business and data managers.
Census Factfinder - www.factfinder2.census.gov
     Get a Fact Sheet for your community...
Census - www.census.gov
     Information from the U.S. Census Bureau
City of Mattoon, Illinois - www.mattoon.illinois.gov
     The Official Site of Mattoon Illinois
Coles County Fair - www.colescountyfair.com
     Illinois' oldest continuous County Fair since 1854
Coles County Memorial Airport - www.colescountyairport.com
     The Coles County Memorial Airport (MTO) has been serving the general aviation community for over 50 years. Construction of the public airport started in 1951 and was completed the following year. Formal dedication in 1953 recognized the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who served in the Korean Conflict.
Community Online Resource Directory (CORD) - www.cordlink.org
     What is CORD? CORD is a listing of various diverse area agencies and a detailed explanation of the programs they provide. CORD is one of six initiatives identified in 1998 during a seven county community health needs assessment process - the development phase of the Sarah Bush Lincoln Womens and Children's Center. The five other projects include: Free Dental Clinic; Medication Assistance Program; Adult Day Care; Mobile Preventive Health Screens and Prenatal and Postnatal Education.
Consumer Price Index - www.bls.gov/cpi
     Provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the program produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.
Department of Labor Employment & Training - www.doleta.gov
     Labor Market Information, Welfare to Work, Employment Training Programs, Workforce Development
Environmental Protection Agency - www.epa.gov
     The EPA protects human health and safeguard the natural environment - air, water and land - upon which life depends. In addition to protecting the environment through regulations, they lead the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. EPA works to make a cleaner environment a reality.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - www.eeoc.gov
     Discrimination by Type: Facts and Guidance; Laws, Regulations and Guidance; Training and Outreach
Expertise- www.expertise.com/rank-in-google-maps-how-to-fix-your-local-listings/
     Expertise guide to local marketing.
Federal Citizen Information Center - www.gsa.gov
     The Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC), in the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies provides U.S. government information and services directly to the public. It currently offers a variety of information channels, including websites, web chat, telephone, print, social media and email.
Federal Consumer Information Center - www.publications.usa.gov
     Order FREE and low cost federal consumer publications from the Federal Citizen Information Center at GSA from Publications.USA.gov. Operated by the FCIC, U.S. General Services Administration, it serves as a central source of information about federal government publications helpful to citizens.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) - www.fdic.gov
     Contains various types of bank data, quarterly financial reports, comparisons of individual banks with each other and aggregate statistics.
Federal Emergency Management Agency - www.fema.gov
     Works to reduce loss of life and property and to protect America's critical infrastructure from all types of hazards through a comprehensive emergency management program.
Federal Employer ID Number -  www.irs-tax-id.com
     Step-by-step Online Application for Federal Tax ID Number (FEIN) as well as important information regarding FEIN.
Federal Trade Commission - www.ftc.gov
     The FTC deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies.
Fighting SPAM E-mail - www.onguardonline.gov
     This website has information about the Federal Trade Commission's recent law enforcement actions against deceptive commercial email and spammers' responsibilities under the CAN-SPAM law. In the "For Consumers" section, you'll find tips on how to reduce the amount of spam email in your in-box.
Hoover's - www.hoovers.com
     Summarizes key information on hundreds of America's largest employers.
IECC Business & Industry Services - www.iecc.edu
     Business and Industry Services provide customized training to small, medium, and large businesses and industries throughout a 12-county area of the IECC District. Training classes are offered at the convenience of the business and industry work schedule, which means flexible class times, locations, and length of training.
Illinois Attorney General - www.ag.state.il.us
     Satellite Office-1518 Broadway Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938
Illinois Bureau of Tourism - www.enjoyillinois.com
     Mile after magnificent mile
Illinois Business Information - www.illinois.gov
     All state information - forms and resources for business
Illinois Chamber of Commerce - www.ilchamber.org
     Resource & legislative information for Illinois businesses.
Illinois Commerce Commission - www.icc.illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Agriculture - www.agr.state.il.us
     The Illinois Department of Agricultures vision is to promote and regulate agriculture in a manner which encourages farming and agribusiness while protecting Illinois consumers and our natural resources.
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity - www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo
     The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is charged with enhancing Illinois' economic competitiveness by providing technical and financial assistance to businesses, local governments, workers and families.
Illinois Department of Commerce/Community Affairs - www.illinoisbiz.biz
Illinois Department of Employment Security - www.ides.illinois.gov
     Your direct link to Illinois workforce services: job placement and referrals, unemployment insurance, employment and training programs, career and labor market information, payroll tax filing, and more!
Illinois Department of Labor - www.illinois.gov/idol
     The mission of the Illinois Department of Labor is to promote and protect the rights, wages, welfare, working conditions, safety and health of Illinois workers through enforcement of the state labor laws, to safeguard the public through regulation of amusement rides, and to ensure compliance with all other labor standards.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources - www.dnr.state.il.us
     Fox Ridge State Park, in east-central Illinois is known for its steep, thickly wooded ridges, broad, lush valleys and miles of rugged, scenic hiking trails and covers 2,064 acres...
Illinois Department of Revenue - www.revenue.state.il.us
     Business Registration, Retailers Occupation Tax Number, Resale Certificate Number
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) - www.dot.state.il.us
Illinois Driver's License Handbookhttp://www.idrivesafely.com/dmv-drivers-license-handbooks.html
Illinois Farm Bureau - www.ilfb.org
     Illinois Farm Bureau is a membership organization controlled by farmers who join IFB® through their county Farm Bureau.
Illinois General Assembly - www.ilga.gov
     Bill Status & Text, Public Acts, Schedules
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs - www.iira.org
     This interesting site provides data on local governments. By selecting a county from the electronic atlas, users can obtain a list of commonly requested information. On the following level, cities selected in the designated county will provide additional information.
Illinois Secretary of State - www.cyberdriveillinois.com
     The programs in the Secretary of State's office are an important tool for educating citizens about issues that affect their everyday lives.
Illinois Secretary of State Business Service Department - http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/services/business.html
     A comprehensive site for Illinois Businesses Incorporation Assistance.
Illinois Senate Democrats - www.illinoissenatedemocrats.com
Illinois Senate Republicans - http://www.senategop.state.il.us
Illinois Office of Management and Budget- www2.illinois.gov/gov/budget
     Fiscal Year Budget and Related Materials for the State of Illinois
Illinois State Library - www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/
     Find-It! Illinois, the Illinois State Library's one-stop source for Illinois library, government and educational information.
State of Illinois - www.illinois.gov
     The communities in Illinois are as diverse as the state's landscape. Explore the culture, people, history and natural wonders from region to region.
Illinois State Police - www.isp.state.il.us
     Official Illinois State Police Website.
IndustryNet™ - www.industrynet.com
     Searchable database buyers guide of 600,000 U.S. manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and services. Locate manufacturing products, services and suppliers among 10,000 product categories.
International Trade Centre - www.intracen.org
     The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations.
IRS - www.irs.gov
     The Internal Revenue Service is the nation's tax collection agency and administers the Internal Revenue Code enacted by Congress.
Lake Land College -  www.lakeland.cc.il.us
     Lake Land College main campus located in Mattoon, with community locations in Paris, Pana, Marshall and Effingham,  providing an affordable, accessible, and effective learning environment for the lifelong educational needs of the diverse communities served.
Lake Mattoon & Lake Paradise -www.mattoon.illinois.gov/government/publicworks/parkdept/lakes
     Web page featuring beautiful Lake Mattoon & Lake Paradise
Mattoon Community Unit #2 Schools - www.mattoon.k12.il.us
     "Making a difference...One student at a time."
Mattoon Parks Department - www.mattoon.illinois.gov/government/publicworks/parkdept
     Known as "Baseball Capital of the World"...
Minority Business Development Agency - www.mbda.gov
     U.S. Department of Commerce encourages the creation, growth, and expansion of minority-owned businesses in the United States through special business resources and services.
National Do Not Call Registry - www.donotcall.gov
    The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at this Website. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.
Nursing Home Negligence - www.nursinghomeabuseguide.com
    Within our nursing homes and assisted living facilities, nearly 10%, or roughly 150,000 seniors experience elder abuse each year. Many of these cases go unreported, although some of them can be quite serious and even result in the death of a loved one. Nursing home abuse in the United States has turned into an epidemic. Our seniors and loved ones are at risk of elder abuse each and every day.
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) - www.osha.gov
    US Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health 
Office Of The Governor - www2.illinois.gov/gov
Refdesk.com - www.refdesk.com
     Free Internet Fact Checker - Reference, Fact, News - Family-Friendly Resources
Salary Wizard - www.salary.com
     Skills management software for human capital management and to build skills inventories. Features company profile, and details of solutions
Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center - www.irs.gov
     Your Small Business Advantage
Small Business Development Center - www.ieccsbdc.com
     218 E. Main Street
     Olney, IL 62450
Satellite Office:
1518 Broadway Avenue
Mattoon, IL 61938
One on One Business Counseling-Feasibility Studies--Business Planning--Marketing/Research--Business Management--Loan Structuring--Financial Analysis
618-395-3011
Social Security - Official Social Security Website: www.socialsecurity.gov
Social Security - Faces and Facts of Disability: www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityfacts/
Society for Human Resource Management - www.shrm.org
     The leading professional organization for employment practitioners and staffing professionals.
TradeRoots (US Chamber of Commerce) - www.traderoots.org
     TradePort is a repository of free information and resources for businesses involved in all aspects of global trade. Created in 1996, TradePort is supported by an alliance of public and private sector trade promotion service organizations in California that assist businesses and their foreign counterparts in bilateral trade and investment opportunities.  
United States Census Bureau - www.census.gov
     The newest data-warehousing and rollout tool for all types of census informaion across the United States
United States Department of Justice - Sex Offender Public Registry - www.nsopw.gov
     This Web site is provided as a public service by the U.S. Department of Justice.
United States House of Representatives - www.house.gov
     Official website for the United States House of Representatives
United States Senate - www.senate.gov
     Official website for the United States Senate
United States Chamber of Commerce - www.uschamber.org
United States Department of Commerce - www.commerce.gov
     Trade Center Information
United States Department of Labor - www.dol.gov
     Laws and regulations, statistics and date
United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) - www.uspto.gov
     Information on PTO's services and databases to search for similar invention patents.
United States Postal Service - Official Website - www.usps.com
United States Small Business Administration - www.sba.gov
     Small Business Law & Regulations. You don’t have to be a lawyer to open and run a small business. Find out how to handle day-to-day legal issues that could affect your small business.
United States Treasury Department - www.treasury.gov
     Office of Procurement, Small Business Assistance, Internal Revenue Service, Taxpayer Education