The Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University

Opening in March 2017, the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University provides free consultative assistance and professional advice to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in McLean County and surrounding communities.

Our services include: one-on-one management consultations, training workshops, market research, loan packaging help, assistance with financial projections and information needed to make informed business decisions.

Workshops and training will be co-hosted throughout McLean County. Monthly sessions of “How to Start a Business in Illinois” will be scheduled. Topics will range from financing, marketing, new products and services, to personnel management and employee recognition, customer service, cybersecurity, insurance and other issues. 

Our Vision

The Illinois SBDC of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University enables entrepreneurs and small businesses with practical information, skills, and strategies that make a measurable, positive impact on the performance of their businesses and, by extension, on the communities in which they work.

Our Mission

The Illinois SBDC of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University exists to strengthen our economy through the delivery of high quality, in-depth, and effective business consulting to existing and start-up businesses, creating economic impact.

Our Beliefs

We believe our clients have needs and are willing to learn. We know they are entrepreneurial in spirit. We believe our clients are valuable as individuals to us and to the regional, state, and national economy.

We believe our roles are to coach, connect, and educate our clients and that we must be open, positive, and knowledgeable in this endeavor. We provide assistance but do not do our clients’ work. We are also a link to other resources and partners with other business assistance service providers.

Our Values

Service – To us, this means making a difference in our clients’ lives by offering valuable, timely, and meaningful assistance. We make ourselves available to them, and we are courteous and professional.

Quality – We will offer uncompromising excellence in all we do.

Integrity – We will gain the confidence and trust of our clients by keeping all proprietary information confidential and by being honest, trustworthy, and credible in all our dealings–whether we are working with coworkers, clients, or partners.

The Illinois SBDC of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan works to provide a wide variety of services to meet the needs of many types of entrepreneurs in varying situations and stages of their business.

Services Include:

  • 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

  • And much more! 

In addition to Bloomington-Normal, the Illinois SBDC of McLean County at IWU serves the following communities: 

Anchor, Arrowsmith, Bellflower, Bentown, Carlock, Chenoa, 

Colfax, Cooksville, Cropsey, Danvers, Downs, El Paso, 

Ellsworth, Funks Grove, Gridley, Heyworth, Hudson, Kumler, 

Le Roy, Lexington, McLean, Meadows, Merna, Normal, 

Saybrook, Stanford, Towanda, Twin Grove, Weston

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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.