The Illinois Small Business Development Center (IL SBDC) and the Illinois International Trade Center provide FREE, confidential advising and training to help entrepreneurs and businesses start, grow, prepare to export, and sustain their businesses.
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Where are you in your journey?

Starting a Business

Work with our certified small business advisors to learn what you need to know about starting a business in Illinois.

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Growing a Business

Need help reaching that next level? Our certified small business advisors can work with you to build those plans.

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Buying or Selling a Business

Is it time for you leave your day job and be the boss or do you want to slow down and let someone else be the boss? Our advisors can assist.

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Ready to Export

Is it time for you leave your day job and be the boss or do you want to slow down and let someone else be the boss? Our advisors can assist.

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Through confidential one-on-one advising, we help small business owners with all aspects of business, from start-up plans to exporting plans.

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The Illinois Small Business Development Center is a unit of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University.

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The Illinois Small Business Development Center is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the Illinois Department of Opportunity, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University complies fully with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws, orders, and regulations. The University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity institution and has a nondiscrimination policy that includes race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability, or veteran status in employment, programs, and services.

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