What the SBDC Does
The SBDC conducts nearly 50 seminars and workshops throughout the year that address topics important to all business owners. Approximately half our offerings are directed to those people at the start-up stage of business. These range from a one-night "reality check" on starting a business to more extensive sessions on business fundamentals, feasibility studies, business acquisition and franchise purchases. The balance of our programming is designed for established businesses and focuses on topics of marketing, finance, accounting, taxation and many "industry specific" issues.
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
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; business plans, financial statements or other materials relating to the issue of discussions must be submitted prior to the meeting.
The SBDC also hosts and takes appointments for the Fox Valley Chapter of S.C.O.R.E. (Service Corps of Retired Executives). S.C.O.R.E. provides free, confidential business counseling or coaching to anyone who is operating a small business or thinking about starting one. A preliminary business plan, relevant supporting information and/or significant questions on the topic to be discussed, and/or attendance at a SCORE or SBDC Basics of Starting a Business program are strongly recommend prior to a SCORE counseling session.
To schedule a SCORE counseling session, visit: www.scorefoxvalley.org
For companies that require specialized attention, the SBDC can act as a referral source for a variety of specialized professionals and consultants. Many provide free or low-cost initial consultation meetings. Areas of expertise include business plan development, cash flow analysis, business valuation modeling, marketing plan development, database searches for financing sources, mailing lists and more. We draw on the expertise of SBDC staff members, college faculty and business professionals who have agreed to consult with SBDC clients.
To begin this process, arrange an appointment with an SBDC staff member to determine your needs and the type of expertise required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our offices at (630) 942-2771 or 942-3775.
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.
As the business services arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the SBDC can answer your questions concerning SBA and state financing programs, bank lending and capitalization options available to small-business owners. The SBDC can be your gateway to negotiating the maze of government regulations and start-up issues through the state's First Stop Illinois program. You may access First Stop by calling (800) 252-2923.
Developed in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and College of DuPage as a service to Illinois businesses under cooperative agreement #SB-2M-00097-15.
David Gay, Program Manager
Illinois Small Business Development Center
Voice: (630) 942-2771
Fax: (630) 505-4931
Summer Hours - May 31 to August 3
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL
60137 (630) 942-2800
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