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Illinois Small Business Development Center

Planning to start or expand your business? You've come to the right place!

The Illinois Small-Business Development Center is a grant-funded program that provides business resources for McHenry County businesses that employ up to 500 people. Services include:

  • business advising, providing guidance for business growth
  • timely courses where you can network with other small-business owners
  • entrepreneurial resources including assistance obtaining funding

Free One-on-One Counseling

Our consulting services are free to all clients, start-up entrepreneurs, owners and managers of businesses. We've helped businesses in our area attract customers, improve their operations, increase sales, and obtain financing. We can review your business plan before you talk to your banker to help you prepare. Use our research and contacts to strengthen your plan, improve your operations or develop your marketing and e-business strategies. Plus, we catalog and track all federal, state and local government business assistance programs. We offer counseling and seminars/workshops on these and other topics:

  • Business planning, personnel and other business management issues
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Finance and accounting, regulation and taxation
  • Production and operations, office automation and computer training
  • Business data analysis, technology and other issues necessary to promote business growth
  • Operational, project and strategic planning techniques

Attend any of our courses to meet your fellow small-business owners and stay abreast of the changing tools to advance your business. Courses are designed to be tactical, so you'll leave with ideas you can implement for your business immediately.

Business Growth Resources

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