Business Services

Business Services


Northwest Central Illinois Works provides information and resources for workers, job seekers, and businesses in a one-stop environment.  Locally these services are available at the NCI Works One-Stop Comprehensive Center in Ottawa and through access sites in Sterling, Oglesby, Princeton, Oregon, and Dixon.  Northwest Central Illinois Works is designed to help businesses find qualified workers and help job seekers obtain employment and training services to advance their careers. Click here for our list of Partners.

We hope that you find the information presented below to be beneficial to you and your business. For further assistance contact the Business Employment Skills Team, Inc. Business Service Representatives listed below:

Laura Olson
Bureau, LaSalle & Putnam Counties
Email Laura

Tammy Nehrkorn
Carroll, Jo Daviess Lee, Ogle & Whiteside Counties
Email Tammy

For further information, contact:

Dianna Schuler
Business Service Manager
Email Dianna

The NCI Works Business Service Team: your critical access to all of the workforce development system.

TAX INCENTIVES: The State of Illinois and the US Department of Labor offer hiring incentives in the form of tax credits for hiring from various targeted groups.

Enterprise Zone Tax Credit Administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, this tax credit offers various development tax credits.   For a complete listing of the credits available please visit the DCEO website at

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) – Offered through the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, this federal incentive offers a tax credit for hiring from twelve targeted groups.  These groups have been identified as having significant barriers to employment.  A WOTC fact sheet can be obtained through your nearest BEST, Inc. Business Relations Representative or by visiting

Illinois Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit- Signed into law April 2010, this tax credit is a one year credit for businesses with fewer than 50 employees that hire new, full time employees during the 12-month period from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.  More information can be obtained from your local Business Services Representative or by visiting