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Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at SIUE

Starting Your Business

School of Business

First Steps

No matter what stage you are at in starting your business, the SBDC can guide you through the stages of business planning. The SBDC has the business knowledge you need to build on your effort and entrepreneur ideas. Our services are free of charge to for-profit businesses and include:

    • This all-encompassing handbook was written exclusively for the Illinois Entrepreneur. Key features include a feasibility and business plan outline, information for setting up a business, financial considerations, and plenty of other useful tips.

To begin working with the SBDC, it is highly recommended that you attend one of our "Starting a Small Business in Illinois" workshops. For a small and one-time fee, the SBDC will provide you with the tools to effectively plan for starting your business. You can register for the workshop online or by calling our office at (618) 650-2929.

Starting a business takes planning to make sure that you are well-prepared to take on the responsibilities and challenges of entrepreneurship. In addition to the SBDC, here are additional resources to help get you started:

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's (DCEO) Business
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