M&M Shrimp Shack - Mendon, IL

"The Small Business Development Center at Western Illinois University was instrumental for the initial phase of M&M Shrimp Shack and continues to provided support as we enter our first year of production. The staff provided advice and resource information for licensing, registration, and tax information. Jim, Greg, and Dana are always available to answer any questions that arise along the way. They assisted in our website design and various promotional material, such as, flyers and hand-out materials. Advertising opportunities were also provided through press releases and local news station coverage. We plan to continue utilizing the skills, knowledge and resources offered at the SBDC as our business continues to grow. It is nice to have experts available to answer questions that will inevitably come up in the beginning stages of any business."


Marty Douglas and Mike Finlay of M & M Shrimp Shack,LLC, Mendon, IL

Monk River Bicycle - Colchester, IL

“I knew how to work on bikes, but I did not know how to start a business. The SBDC helped me with the legality of it; helped me get a license and a tax permit. I was glad that I was able to make this happen but I could not have made it happen without the SBDC.”


Monk River Bicycle is located in Colchester Illinois and is open for business. For more information about Will check out his website monkriverbicycle.com

Koreana Restaurant

Amber Jorden, Started Koreana Restaurant in Galesburg Illinois. She is an Army Veteran who came back to start her small business with her family and has worked hard to achieve her American dream. With the help of the Small Business Development Center, her dream became a reality.  If you’re ever in the area check out her business. https://www.facebook.com/koreana.galesburg/