Frequently Asked Questions

Illinois SBDC at College of DuPage offers workshops specifically for future businessowners. Please check the current training schedule for upcoming workshops. If you are ready to meet with an advisor, please request an appointment.

 Yes. Most government "loans" through SBA and state programs are guaranteed to banks rather than direct loans to businesses. However, these loans are not for everyone. The lending programs generally work through banks, require collateral, equity (owner) investment, a business plan and other supporting documents. Preparation is key to successful borrowing. Contact the Illinois SBDCfor help.

No, we do not write business plans. We will help you organize your business plan, find the right content, and structure the plan to your audience. We do business plan reviews through our one-on-one advising.

Absolutely! If you are looking for training, we offer workshops in person and online to turn your idea into a business. Topics include: starting up, business planning,QuickBooks, digital marketing, and financing. Visit our calendar to see which topics fit best into your schedule.

Yes! The Illinois SBDC offers many training programs on operations, planning, financial analysis, marketing, finance and other topics for established businesses. Illinois SBDC advising is focused on established businesses. Our advisors and partners provide expertise in marketing, finance, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions,franchising, organization and management structure, transition planning and more.


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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.


Contact Information

Business Development Center
Illinois Small Business Development Center
535 Duane Street, Office 233
Glen Ellyn IL 60137

Ute Westphal, Program Manager
Phone: (630) 942-2630
Fax: (630) 942-2606

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