Helping Businesses in Southern Illinois Start, Grow and Succeed
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University provides no-cost, confidential, one-on-one business advising services and workshops for entrepreneurs in southern Illinois.
The Center's Certified Business Advisors assist business owners at every stage, whether they are starting, struggling, growing or selling. The advisors provide professional guidance for business growth by offering
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at SIU has been a trusted resource to serve businesses in southern Illinois since 1984. Ready to see how the SBDC can help your business? Sign up to become a client to get started!
Starting a Business?
Have an idea and want to turn it into a business? We offer business
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Growing a Business?
Growing a business can be challenging. Our advisors can provide
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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.