Our center is OPEN, and providing support virtually!
In this time of immense change, we understand that many small businesses are facing challenges. We are thinking of each and every one of the small business owners of McLean County every day and striving to do our best to provide helpful resources and consulting services.
Our SBDC team will continue to listen and educate ourselves to ensure we equally offer and promote our services. We are proud to continue supporting the minority communities and their small business owners of McLean County.
Shop Small Resources
Resources, Events, and Information
Shop Small Studio - An online resource small business owners can use to create and download complimentary custom marketing materials in just two minutes or less.
Black-Owned Business Resources - An online resource black-owned business owners can use to create, download, promote their business, and learn more about other black-owned businesses across the nation.
Town of Normal Resources - An online resource small business owners can use for templates and photos/graphics for social media posting and emails to encourage the support of small businesses.
Response to COVID-19
Our SBDC is open and providing our no-cost services "virtually" for current and incoming clients via phone, email, and video chat. We are also communicating federal, state, and local updates and resources via our COVID-19 Resources page, our email list, and our Facebook Business page as quickly as we can each day.
If you are NOT currently a client, and wish to make an appointment, you MUST fill out the appointment request form and our advisor will contact you as soon as possible.
For other business resources, visit the McLean County Business Portal, a free resource available to anyone interested in starting, managing or expanding their business in McLean County.
Since 2017 the SBDC has..
WITH AN AVERAGE OF 8.3 HOURS / CLIENT CONSULTATION
Start a new business or grow your existing business with expert advice, workshops and resources.
54% - Bloomington
24% - Normal
22% - Surrounding Communities
Where our clients are located
Receive No-Cost assistance with:
Guidance on business financing
Market research and marketing plans
Developing new markets
Working with local government
Upgrading your technology tools
Connections to additional resources
Interested in accessing additional small business resources? Visit the Small Business Administration's website for other helpful information.
3rd Floor, State Farm Hall
1402 Park Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Dedicated Parking Spots are available just off of Park Street, east of the Mark Evans Observatory.
Hours of operation:
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
By appointment only
Closed on Weekends