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Illinois Small Business Development Centers

Updated on March 24, 2013

Workshops At A SBDC Sponsored Event

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Why Entrepreneurs Need Small Business Development

Entrepreneurship is the holy grail of financial independence but it's not for everyone. In order for an entrepreneur to be successful he or she needs tools. I've been an entrepreneur since 1989 and I sometimes don't even know what the right tools are for my business. The industry, as well as the business climate is always changing. When I started back in 1989 America Online (AOL) kept my customers and I connected, now we have at least dozen of ways to access each other from e-newsletters, blogs, fan pages, twitter feeds and even hubpages. Entrepreneurs have to make business decisions all the time, sometimes on the fly. It's good to have a resource like the SBDC around. One of my business mottos is to keep smart people close and the SBDC helps me fulfill it.

What are SBDC's?

Small business development centers provide management, marketing and financial counseling to small business owners. They can assist with developing business and marketing plans, as well as financial analysis and other management needs.

I highly recommend them for any business (start up or late stage). Throughout my business career I've become very familiar with how they work. I've listed the Illinois centers below along with their contact information.

Elgin Community College

1700 Spartan Drive

Elgin, Il 60123

847.214.7488

Waubonsee Community College

Aurora Campus

5 East Galena Blvd

Aurora, IL 60506

630.801.7900

Kishwaukee College

21193 Malta Rd

Malta, IL 60150-9699

815.825.2086

Rock Valley College

Technical Center 3301 N Mulford Road

Rockford Il 61114

815.968.4087

Sauk Valley Community College

173 Illinois Route #2

Dixon Il 61021

815.288.5511

Illinois Valley Community College

815 N Orlando Smith Ave

Building 11

Oglesby Il 61348

815.223.1740

Black Hawk College

4703 16th Street

Moline Il 61265

309.797.7138

Maple City Bus & Tech

620 S Main Street

Monmouth Il 61462

309.734.4664

Bradley University

141 N. Jobst Hall

1501 West Bradkley Avenue

Peoria Il 61625

309.677.2992

WIU SBDC

214 Seal Hall

Macomb Il 61455

309.298.2211

Lincoln Land Community College

100 N Ninth Street

Springfield, IL 62703

217.789.1017

U of I Extension

2525 E Federal Drive

Decatur Il 62526

217.875.8284

Danville Area Community College

28 W North Street

Danville Il 61832

217.442.7232

IL Eastern Community College

401 E. Main St.

Olney IL 62450

618.395.3011

Kaskaskia College

27210 College Road

Centralia IL 62801

618.395.3011

SIU Edwardsville

200 University Pk. Dr.

Edwardsville Il 62026

618.650.2929

SIU East St Louis

411 Broadway

Room 1010

East St Louis IL 62201

618.482.8330

Rend Lake College

468 N Ken Gray Parkway

Ina, IL 62846-9801

618.437.5321

SIU Carbondale

Dunn Richmond Econ Dev. Ctr.

150 East Pleasant Hill Rd

Carbondale, IL 62901

618.536.2424

Southeastern Illinois College

303 S Commercial

Harrisburg, Il 62946

618.252.5001

Shawnee Community College

8364 Shawnee College

Ullin, Il 62992

618.634.9618

Asian American Alliance

222 West Cermak

Chicago Il 60616

312.312.2200

Back of the Yards SBDC

1751 West 47th St

Chicago, IL 60609

773.523.4419

Chicago State University/Greater Southside

9501 south King Drive

Chicago, IL 60628

773.955.3938

18th St Deve Corp SBDC

1830 s. Carpenter

Chicago, Il 60608

312.733.2287

Evanston Business and Technical Center

1840 Oak Avenue

Evanston, Il 60201

847.866.1817

Greater N Pulaski Development Corp

4054 W North Avenue

Chicago, Il 60639

773.384.2262

Harper College

Business & Professional Development

1200 W Algonquin Rd

Palatine Il 60061

847.925.6000

Jane Addams Hull House Association

Parkway Community House

500 East 67th St

Chicago, Il 60637

773.955.8027

Latin American Chamber of Commerce

3512 West Fullerton Ave

Chicago, Il 60647

773.252.5211

Moraine Valley Community College

10900 S. 88th Ave

Palos Hills, IL 60465

708.974.5468

North Business and Industrial Council

5353 W Armstrong Ave

Chicago, Il 60646

773.594.0891

Triton College

2000 Fifth Ave

River Grove, IL 60171

708.456.0300

Women’s Business Development Center

8 South Michigan

Chicago, Il 60603

312.853.3477

Governors State University

College of Business

University park Il 60466

708.534.4928

Kankakee Community college

Box 888 River Road

Kankakee Il 60901

815-933-0376

Joliet junior College

City Center Campus

214 N Ottawa

Joliet Il 60432

815-280-1400

College of DuPage

425 22nd Street

Glen Ellyn Il 60137

630.942.2771

College of Lake County

19351 W Washington St

Grayslake Il 60030

847.543.2033

Mchenry County College

8900 US Highway 14

Crystal lake, Il 60012

815.455.6098

About the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

The SBDC (Small Business Development Centers) are funded with federal, state, local and even some private funds. Although the above list only includes Illinois based operations they are located across America. Most consulting services are free of charge however some training and workshops may charge a small free. They are definitely worth checking into if you are an entrepreneur or strive to become one.

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