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.

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Since 2017 the SBDC has..

SBDC Clients Served

SERVED 781 CLIENTS

WITH AN AVERAGE OF 8 HOURS / CLIENT CONSULTATION

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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
SBDC Clients

Receive No-Cost assistance with:

  • Business planning

  • Guidance on business financing

  • Market research and marketing plans

  • Developing new markets

  • Working with local government

  • Import/export resources

  • 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.

Find small business resources

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. 

 

We also highly encourage McLean County small business owners and community members to continue to monitor official communications from the CDC, McLean County Health Department, and BNPrepared.org.

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. 

If you ARE a client, contact us

via email and we will respond

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.

Address:
3rd Floor, State Farm Hall
1402 Park Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Parking: 
Dedicated Parking Spots are available just off of Park Street, east of the Mark Evans Observatory. 
Click Here for more directions.

Hours of operation:

Monday-Friday

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

By appointment only

Closed on Weekends