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What the SBDC Does

Advising

The SBDC provides one-on-one counseling services to new and existing businesses at no charge. We will review business plans and discuss financing options, bank loans, SBA and state-backed loan programs, marketing, management and other topics of concern to our business clients. Counseling sessions are by appointment only.

Services include:

  • Financial analysis/checkup
    You must be able to read between the lines of your financial statements and make the seemingly inconsequential numbers accessible and comprehensible. Our counselors will work with you to review your financials to offer a reality check and a plan for financial growth.
  • Development marketing plan
    Identifying your market is the key to successful business. Who is your customer? Where are they located? How will you reach your ideal target base? All of these questions and more can be addressed with you to develop a comprehensive marketing plan.
  • Business Plan analysis
    Do you have a business plan?? Our counselors will examine your business plan and offer in-depth expertise on this important road map for your business.

Don’t have a business plan yet? Attend our Business Plan Boot Camp! Check our calendar for upcoming dates

Training 

The SBDC conducts nearly 50 seminars and workshops throughout the year that address topics important to all business owners. All seminars are direct, to-the-point and factual. Instructors are small-business owners and professionals in their respective fields, ensuring that the information provided is timely, relevant and immediately applicable in a real-world environment.

Classes range in duration from one to multiple sessions, and tuition varies with duration and topic. SBDC schedule

Resources

SBDC clients may visit our resource room containing computer programs, video tapes and reference material on a variety of business topics. If you are thinking about getting into business and want general information, if you are looking for information on business plans or financing, or if you want to conduct a financial analysis of your company, the SBDC reference section can be a valuable resource. There is no charge to use the resource center, and no appointment is necessary. Hours are regular SBDC business hours. If you cannot find the answer to your questions here, SBDC staff will direct you toward more extensive resources available at the College of DuPage Library.

The SBDC also can provide referrals to area business professionals who can help your business thrive. We maintain a data base of accountants, attorneys, consultants, banks and other business providers who are particularly attuned to small-business needs. 


Contact Information


Center for Entrepreneurship
Illinois Small Business Development Center
2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 201
Lisle, IL 60532

Martha Carney, Program Manager
Phone: (630) 942-2771
Fax: (630) 505-4931

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