The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Illinois State University (SBDC) was established in March 2005 to help entrepreneurs start a new business or expand or improve existing business. The Illinois SBDC offers one-on-one confidential counseling for all phases of business activities.
If you haven't owned a business before, we request that you attend our free introductory seminar entitled "Starting Your Business in Illinois." This informative two-hour session covers all the basics: legal structure, business registration, business plans, and financing. After attending the session, participants are welcome to meet one-on-one with a business consultant.
If you're already in business you may begin your Illinois Small Business Development Center experience with a confidential one-on-one meeting with a consultant. Be prepared to receive homework!
To schedule an appointment or sign up for "Starting Your Business in Illinois" call 309-438-3610 or email sbdc@IllinoisState.edu.
Our office is open during regular office hours, but special arrangements can be made for evening appointments if necessary. Appointments can also be scheduled at a client business site upon request. You can make a request to meet with our small business counselors by:
We also offer low cost seminars and workshops:
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Illinois State University (SBDC) is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Illinois State University College of Business. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.