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College of DuPage Career and Professional Training

College of DuPage Continuing Education provides quality and affordable career training and professional development

College of DuPage Library

Extensive listings of business resources & databases.

Innovation DuPage

Located in DuPage County, Illinois, Innovation DuPage empowers entrepreneurs, inspires and informs businesses, educational and governmental partners through focused collaboration, resource sharing and strategic development of the regional innovation ecosystem.  Innovation DuPage will significantly impact regional economic development by leveraging public and private partners in support of startup and early-stage business enterprises by connecting them to the knowledge, expert mentors and resources necessary to succeed.

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Experts, networks, tools and other opportunities transform your business into an appealing investment for lenders. That's where success begins. We partner with well-respected business development organizations and educational institutions that work with clients who have the vision and potential to become a high-growth enterprise. Whether your company employs two people or 102, we can help you Connect Outside The Box - it's a new way of thinking that extends beyond your own knowledge and experience to activate the possibilities!

U.S. Small Business Administration

The SBA's mission is to maintain and strengthen the nation's economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters. Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has also delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. Information regarding the 8(a) and HUBZone certification programs, and exporting opportunities.

International Trade Administration Export Solutions 

The Export Solutions are developed by the trade professionals at US Commercial Service to help US exporters create successful international sales strategies.  

Illinois Office of Trade & Investment (OTI)

OTI provides export assistance to companies interested in global opportunities. Through a network of trade specialists located in Chicago and regional foreign offices, OTI provides market research, and lead generation assistance.  

Export-Import Bank of the United States

The EXIM Bank is the official export credit agency of the United States that provides financial tools to accelerate the growth of US exports.

System for Award Management/SAM

The System for Award Management (SAM.gov) is an official website of the U.S. Government. There is no cost to use SAM.gov. You can use this site to: Register to do business with the U.S. Government. Update, renew, or check the status of your entity registration.  Identify federal contracting opportunities and more.

NAICS

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.

Federal Procurement Data System

For contracts whose value or estimated value is $3,000 or more. Every modification to that contract, regardless of dollar value, must be reported to FPDS-NG.

GSA Schedules

GSA Schedules are fast, easy, and effective contracting vehicles for both customers and vendors. For GSA Schedules, GSA establishes long-term governmentwide contracts with commercial companies to provide access to millions of commercial products and services at volume discount pricing.

County Business Patterns

Provides data on the total number of establishments, mid-March employment, first quarter and annual payroll, and number of establishments by nine employment-size classes by detailed.

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Top 10 Need to Know Questions When Launching a Business in Illinois

Feeling overwhelmed because you need to write a business plan to launch that great idea? Think lean! Do not rewrite a novel like "War and Peace". We offer guidance to navigate your way to a concise, well written & valuable business plan that will not only launch your business but continue to direct your business to future success.

SCORE – Fox Valley Chapter

The SBDC also hosts the Fox Valley Chapter of S.C.O.R.E. (Service Corps of Retired Executives). S.C.O.R.E. provides free, confidential business mentoring to anyone who is operating a small business or thinking about starting one.

Association of Small Business Development Centers

America's Small Business Development Center Network is the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories. The mission of the network is to help new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership, and assist existing businesses to remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy.

Contact Information

Business Development Center
535 Duane Street, Office 233
Glen Ellyn IL 60137
(630) 942-2600
Email: bdc@cod.edu

Rita Haake, Center Manager
Phone: (630) 942-2184
Fax: (630) 942-2606
Email: haaker@cod.edu

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