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SERVICES - New Businesses

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at
the Starved Rock Country Alliance

We have courses, training, resources, programs and business advisors to help you launch a start up small business across our region.


The Illinois SBDC at the Starved Rock Country Alliance offers a full range of services and information for small businesses of all types. We are a free resource team that can help you in many ways, and we’ve been helping new and existing business owners for more than 30 years.


Before starting a business or investing money in one:

  • Evaluate the idea for your business by researching similar businesses

  • Do a self-assessment of your abilities and determine where your skills are strongest and where you need to learn more

  • Research the market and your potential customers

  • Do a financial analysis on the feasibility of your business venture

  • Write a basic business plan

  • Our Centers offer assistance with the above areas and much more.

  • A smart first step is attending our no-cost Start Business 101 workshops with one of our knowledgeable advisors.

  • Get your basic questions answered and start developing your small business in this hands on interactive session.


Step 1:  Find a workshop in your area

Thinking of starting a business? The Illinois SBDC at the Starved Rock Country Alliance can help. The first step is to attend a "How to Start Your Business in Illinois." This workshop provides the necessary tools and insight needed to help start your business. From how to determine feasibility and legal structure, to the type of licenses you will need, this class covers all the essentials.


Step 2: Complete the online Request for Consulting

After you’ve attended a workshop, it’s time to complete an electronic Request for Consulting (eRFC). This form will start your relationship with the Alliance SBDC where you will find the most up-to-date resources for your business information needs. Please note that we cannot schedule requests for individual assistance without an electronic Request for Counseling.  Once the form is submitted, you will be contacted by an Illinois SBDC at the Starved Rock Country Alliance counselor to set up your initial session.


We can't wait to hear from you! Message us today and let us help you find what you're looking for.
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