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Illinois Small Business Development Center

Mission

The mission of the Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC is to assist in job creation, support entrepreneurship, business start-up, expansion, productivity, and to sharpen small business management in the region. Our organization and partners accomplish this through one-on-one counseling, technical assistance, training seminars, information provision, networking opportunities and business development and real estate expertise.

Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

If you have a business idea, have an interest in starting a business, or currently own a business and are looking for resources to help your business grow, the SBDC is a good first step to investigate what resources are available to you. Our highly trained and experienced staff can offer consulting on business planning, tax procedure, incorporation, financing, financial analysis and planning, marketing tools and strategy, and management assistance. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the SBDC/EDC at 217-359-6261. You can also register online. The best part is, it’s FREE!

Services and Resources Available Through the SBDC

The local SBDC is a sharp operation that provides face-to-face business consulting. It also links you to shared business education and training opportunities at the state level in the following areas:

1. Government Contract Procurement

2. Pursuing International Trade Opportunities

3. Environmental Assistance

4. Business Operations

5. Human Resource Practices, posters to display and other statutory requirements

6. Acquisitions

7. Licensing, Registration, Permitting and Assistance

8. Unemployment Insurance

9. Franchise Disclosure

Publications available at Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

1. Starting a Business in Illinois Handbook

2. Child Care Start-up Profile

3. Grocery/Convenience Store Start-up Profile

4. Restaurant Start-up Profile

5. E-Commerce Business Profile

6. Small Business Environmental Assistance Program brochure

7. Business Financing Programs Matrix

8. Proposal Writing Handbook: Basic Steps for Writing a Successful Grant Application

9. Resource Directory for Minorities, Women, Veterans and Disabled Persons Starting a Business Retailing in Illinois