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About the Small Business Development Center

Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
at University of Illinois Extension
coordinates and delivers management programs, technical assistance and educational programs to small businesses. Services are tailored to meet the unique needs of the existing business owner or manager and potential business owners.

The SBDC takes a case management approach toward small business services. Center staff coordinates its services with other local, state, and national business service providers; for example, local economic development agencies, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the U.S. Small Business Administration, in order to optimize the use of services and maximize the benefits to clients.

The SBDC offers assistance in:

  • Business counseling for existing and start up businesses
  • Developing, writing, and implementing business plans
  • Preparing and implementing budgets
  • Cash flow management
  • Evaluating legal entities
  • Evaluating business acquisitions

Educational Programs Offered --- See Calendar for Current Schedule:

Introduction to Starting Your Own Business

*Additional Topics May Include:
Analyzing Financial Statements
Bookkeeping Basics
Introduction to Marketing
Is Owning a Franchise Right For You?
Small Business Legal Issues
Small Business Tax Basics
Quick Books Pro for Beginners
Writing a Business Plan

Visit eCenter Direct:
Clients and prospective clients may use this online tool to request SBDC counseling services and register for training events.

University of Illinois Extension Small Business Management & Economic Development Regional Services

Small Business Management and Economic Development Extension Educators are off-campus representatives of University of Illinois Extension.

These educators are academic professionals who provide high quality assistance to community groups, existing businesses, and pre-business ventures through educational programs.

Office Hours
Decatur Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Champaign Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Contact Us

Small Business Development Center
3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
Phone: 217-875-4004
FAX: 217-875-4334
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1817 S. Neil Street, Suite 201
(Illini Plaza)
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-378-8535
FAX: 217-359-1809
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