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

Our SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois Wesleyan University, the B-N Economic Development Council, the City of Bloomington, and the Town of Normal. 

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Karen Bussone

Executive Director

Karen Bussone has been an Assistant Professor for Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois the past twelve years where she developed team-based collaborative classrooms while teaching courses across various disciplines including marketing, management, entrepreneurship, and financial management. Bussone has incorporated business plan and marketing plan writing as semester-long projects and has developed student/service provider project opportunities for the Bloomington-Normal small business and non-for-profit sectors.

Bussone has a broad knowledge of business experiences having served on teams within marketing, strategic leadership, manufacturing operations, and distribution for 21 years with Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods, and Dot Foods. With Kellogg’s, Bussone launched many new products in various manufacturing facilities across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. During her years with Kraft Foods, Bussone led the Parkay business divestiture efforts. She holds a B.S. in Food Science and an M.B.A. from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.

In February 2017, Bussone accepted the Director position of the Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University.