Center for Entrepreneurship


The Center for Entrepreneurship strives to advance the practice of entrepreneurship to stimulate economic growth and development through new company formation and business growth. The Center is committed to the small business community with programming and promotion of entrepreneurial activities through varied programs, customized advising and high-quality training.

There are three core programs offered under the Center for Entrepreneurship, a department within the Continuing Education Division.

Illinois Small Business Development Center

Businesses can receive assistance in the areas of management, marketing, finance and operations.

Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Businesses can receive specialized assistance in the area of expansion through governmental contracting. Advising will meet the needs of selling to the local, state or federal markets.

Illinois International Trade Center

Businesses can receive specialized assistance to ensure export readiness in the global marketplace. 

Center for Entrepreneurship Benefactor:

Wheaton Bank & Trust Company - A Wintrust Community Bank

First Midwest Bank: Bank with Momentum

American Enterprise Bank

Itasca Bank & Trust

First Bank & Trust


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Contact Information

Center for Entrepreneurship
2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 201
Lisle, IL, 60532

Rita Haake, Center Manager
Phone: (630) 942-2184
Fax: (630) 505-4931

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Ideas to Profits Business Conference


Presented by COD's Center for Entrepreneurship

COD's Center for Entrepreneurship hosted a day-long business conference with sessions representing a broad distribution of disciplines and industries to learn new skills to help make owning a business even more rewarding. The day also featured a $5,000 business pitch contest.

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