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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

Our vision is to provide economic growth through small business stimulation for McLean County. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide professional guidance and inspiration to small business entrepreneurs

United and Stronger 

We, at the McLean County SBDC, are dedicated to providing consultation to assist in economic empowerment and growth of minority small businesses. Our mission is to build up local entrepreneurs across every race, religion, color, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, neurodiversity, disability and all other aspects, because diversity is our strength. It is through collaboration and inclusion that our community and all its members can succeed together.

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.

McLean County Small Business Development Center
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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: 

Arrowsmith, Atlanta, Bellflower, Bloomington, Carlock, Chenoa, Colfax, Cooksville, Danvers, Downs, El Paso, 

Ellsworth,  Gridley, Heyworth, Hudson, LeRoy, 
Lexington, McLean, Normal, 

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