Helping Businesses in Southern Illinois Start, Grow and Succeed
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with no-cost, confidential, one-on-one business advising services, research, resources and low-cost training programs.
We work with real people and real businesses in southern Illinois, providing professional guidance for business growth since 1984.
The Illinois SBDC at SIU helps businesses at every stage, whether they are starting, growing or selling. Our Certified Business Advisors are small business experts who provide professional business
Starting a Business?
Have an idea and want to turn it into a business? We offer business
Learn more about our business start-up
Growing a Business?
Growing a business can be challenging. Our advisors can provide
Learn more about our business growth
Buying or Selling a Business?
Interested in buying an existing business or selling the one you have? Our advisors can provide
Our team of professional advisors are not only advisors but also small business owners with diverse backgrounds and expertise in a variety of areas such as business planning, business financing, financial analysis, prototype development,
Impacts of the Illinois SBDC at SIU in 2019 included:
- Advising 358 clients
- Providing 2,251 hours of consulting
- Helping 31 entrepreneurs create new businesses
- Assisting 15 business expand
- Helping create 84 jobs and
- Loans and investments totalling $7,313,461.
- Held 29 business workshops, training 433 participants
Whatever questions you have or business goals you want to achieve, the Illinois Small Business Development Center at SIU can help.