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Waubonsee SBDC Leads State in Business Start-Ups

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity recently reported that the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Waubonsee Community College led the state with 39 business start-ups in 2010. There are more than 35 SBDCs in Illinois.

Waubonsee SBDC Manager Harriet Parker attributes last year’s numbers to her office’s location in the state’s second-largest city, along with a lagging economy.

“With this economy, you have people who can’t get a job or who are looking to leave corporate America out of frustration with constant downsizing or a deteriorating work environment, and they want to start businesses,” Parker said.

The SBDC provides free counseling, advice and resources to new and existing small businesses in the area. Start-up clients in 2010 ranged from Preservation Bread and Wine in Geneva to the Steppin’ Out Dance Studio in Plano.

For more information on the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee, visit www.waubonsee.edu/sbdc or call (630) 801-7900, ext. 4143.