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Illinois Small Business Development Center
Bldg E, Room E105, ECC Campus
Tel: 847-214-7488
Fax: 847-931-3911
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Fridays June - Aug.

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Small Business Development

As a result of insufficient state funding, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will close December 31, 2016. The college is exploring opportunities and partnerships to ensure that local small businesses in District 509 will continue to be served.

If you own a small business or are considering starting one, the Illinois Small Business Development Center (IL SBDC) at ECC offers free and low-cost assistance to help you succeed.

Poised for Growth Business Plan Competition

2015 Poised for Growth Business Plan Competition logo

We are now accepting applications for the 2016 Poised for Growth Business Plan Competition. Applications will be accepted from January 11, 2016 through March 31, 2016. Eligible businesses must be for profit, headquartered in Illinois, three or more years old, and classified as a small business. Get details

Last Year's Winner

Michelle Lipinski of Rubino Engineering, Inc. won a $10,000 cash prize and $5,000 in consulting services as the winner of the 2015 Poised for Growth Business Plan Competition. Read full story» | View media gallery»

We Offer

  • One-on-one free business counseling and coaching
  • Free functional assessments and in-depth financial analyses for existing businesses
  • Referrals to other sources of information and/or industry professionals
  • Low-cost training workshops, events and courses:

Counseling Services

Owners and prospective owners of small businesses are welcome to use the free counseling services of the Illinois SBDC. Counseling areas include:

  • Business start-up steps such as legal structure, name registration and license/permit issues
  • Business, marketing and strategic plan development
  • Guidance and technical support for financing/loan applications
  • Financial analysis, tax planning and accounting assistance
  • Marketing advice and research
  • International trade opportunities or government procurement
  • Read testimonials»

Free Telephone and Email Business Coaching

A business coach can help clarify your start-up or established business goals and objectives and give you the resources you need to operate a successful business. We can provide:

  • Professional, trained business coaches with backgrounds in small business issues
  • Business counseling from the convenience of your home or office

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We Don't Offer

  • Lists or advice on what types of business to start
  • Guarantee of actual loans or grants*
  • To write your business, marketing, or strategic plans for you

*Note: Loans are obtained through financial institutions and other lenders; grants for starting a business are essentially nonexistent.

As part of the statewide Illinois Entrepreneurship Network, we are affiliated with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and are a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information about these agencies, please visit: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity | U.S. Small Business Administration

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