About Us

Being an entrepreneur can be an exciting time.  It can also be a confusing and frustrating time.  The Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University helps entrepreneurs by providing clarity, direction and access to resources.

Our Center has five advisors dedicated to starting and growing businesses in southern Illinois.  Whether you need help with getting more customers, finding financing, understanding the financial health of your business, selling outside of the U.S., business planning, getting your business online or protecting your ideas, – just to name a few of our services – we are here to help you succeed.

To be successful in business, you need good information.  Most of the advisors on our team owns or has owned a business, so we know what it’s like to start and grow a business.  In addition, for the last 30 years many business owners in southern Illinois have trusted the Small Business Development Center at SIU us to help them.  In fact, we work with an average of over 500 clients every year, from answering questions from how to start a business through assisting with complex expansion projects.

The best part of the Small Business Development Center is that these services are FREE!  We also offer seminars on business topics including how to start a business in Illinois, using social media and many others.  The event calendar along with more information about the services we offer can be found online at sbdc.siu.edu.

Whatever questions you have or goals you want to achieve, the Small Business Development Center at SIU can help.  Feel free to give us a call at 618-536-2424 to set up a free, confidential appointment to see how we can help you succeed.