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Small Busness Administration
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economc Opportunity
City of Bloomington, IL
Town of Normal, IL

Our SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the the U.S. Small Business Administration,

the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Wesleyan University, the City of Bloomington, and the Town of Normal. 

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The Illinois SBDC of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan is OPEN!!!

We are providing support virtually... until May 31st

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 single day as we do our best to be of service. 

 

Our SBDC team is open. We are 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 website COVID-19 Resources page, our email list,  and our Facebook Business page as quickly as we can each day. 

 

We 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 would like to receive our latest updates, please please sign up for our email newsletter via the button below. To learn more about the following topics, please click the appropriate links below that will take you to the appropriate sections on the COVID-19 Resources page. We update it daily, so check back frequently. 

  1. Be aware of Coronavirus scams 

  2. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

  3. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP SBA 7a)

  4. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)​

  5. PPE Items (both for businesses that need PPE and businesses that can donate PPE)​

  6. Illinois - Emergency Small Business Grant and Loan Assistant Initiatives​

  7. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

  8. Walmart Open Call 2020

  9. Additional Assistance Programs​

  10. Advice to small business owners on how to "Pivot and Plan" during change

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

Visit BNPrepared.org for COVID-19 resource for employers, employees, families, the community of McLean County, share a resource, and get your questions answered.

 

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

SERVED 419 CLIENTS

WITH AN AVERAGE OF 8.3 HOURS / CLIENT CONSULTATION

Explore

An Idea

Start Your Business

Grow Your 

Business

Attend An Event

Start a new business or grow your existing business with expert advice, workshops and resources.

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

52% - Bloomington

24% - Normal

24% - Surrounding Communities

Where our clients are located

Interested in accessing additional small business resources? Visit the Small Business Administration's website for other helpful information.

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

Illinois SBDC

SBDC STAFF

Karen Bussone, MBA
Executive
Director

Angela Kuppersmith, SM
Assistant 

Director

Scott Dixon
Volunteer Advisor

Dan Irvin

Volunteer Advisor

Olivia Causer

Marketing Intern

Senior

Sociology Major

Cole Churchill

Marketing Intern

Senior

DTE Major

German Minor

Maggie Warrner

Marketing Intern

Junior

Marketing Major

Emily Wynne

Marketing Intern

Junior

Business Major

Chemistry Minor