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"Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety." Proverbs 11:14
The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Joseph Center is the only faith-based SBDC in the United States. It is a member of the Illinois Entrepreneurship Network (IEN), a powerful statewide network of resource providers for emerging business sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IL-DCEO). The Illinois SBDC at The Joseph Center is a vital asset for business owners, providing business consulting, networking opportunities and training programs to assist entrepreneurs in improving business performance, productivity and profitability. The center's services include:
Strategic planning is critical to business success to ensure aggressive, sustained growth. The Illinois SBDC at The Joseph Center provides individualized, confidential business consultations free of charge to entrepreneurs who are preparing to start a business, as well as those who are established. Our consultants provide guidance based on both business and biblical principles in a wide variety of areas including:
• Business acquisitions
• SBA loan counseling and application preparation
• Market analysis and strategies to capitalize on emerging markets
• Strategic business planning for dramatic increase and sustained growth
• Feasibility planning
• Business start-up
• Business certifications
Workshops and Seminars
The Illinois SBDC at The Joseph Center offers workshops covering a wide variety of topics conducive to business success. Our monthly business start-up workshop helps emerging entrepreneurs understand how to start a business with increased probability for success. Other seminars and workshops offered include teachings on marketing, business financing, government procurement, patents and trademarks, e-commerce, contracting/sub-contracting, and real estate topics. Our workshops are taught by Christian business people who are subject matter experts in their fields.
Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration