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The SBDC helps small business owners recognize growth opportunities through planning, promotion and profitability.

We help new entrepreneurs assess the viability of their ideas and navigate the steps to getting their business up and running.

Our services are no-cost, and provided by experts who have years of experience running a small business.

New Entrepreneurs

Starting a Business step-by-step:

Step 1:

Attend our Starting Your Business in Illinois workshop.

This workshop will cover all the basics you need to know, including:

  • Legal structure options and differences
  • Financing sources
  • Lender eligibility requirements
  • Business plan preparation
  • Frequently asked questions

This workshop is online, live, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Step 2:

Sketch out a draft of your business plan and financial requirements.

Check out our workshops on topics pertinent to your business:

Step 3:

Schedule a one-on-one appointment with an SBDC advisor to help you with next steps.

One-on-one appointments are available both in-person at our Aurora campus, or online via Zoom

Small Business Owners

No matter what type of business, or how long you’ve been established, we meet you where you’re at.

We can help with:

You don’t have to have a specific problem. We offer general business coaching and accountability to help challenge your thinking and keep you moving forward.

Business Growth Academy

If you are an established business owner, currently generating revenue and looking for help with growth, this 7-week program help you learn:

  • How do I build a growth-oriented business?
  • How can I attract and/or retain my team?
  • What metrics should I use to manage the company?
  • How should I be planning for the future?

Connect with other business owners, share successes and challenges, discover new resources.

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SBDC Workshops

Work smarter, not harder! Check out our workshops for Small Business owners that will help you make connections, hone your skills and gain the marketing insights you need for success.

Pre-recorded workshops. Register once, watch any time!

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Request an Appointment

Request an SBDC appointment through the Illinois SBDC website.

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If you need a sign language interpreter or an accommodation for an event, please contact the Illinois Small Business Development Center at (630) 906-4143. A minimum of two weeks’ notice is requested.

The SBDC at Waubonsee Community College is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

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