Illinois Small Business Development Center & Help for Entrepreneurs

Naperville small business law attorney, small business development, Gierach Law Firm, business operation, business formation, global marketplace, small business operationThe Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) (or the International Trade Center) located on Southern Illinois University of Carbondale’s campus has been assisting small businesses throughout the state of Illinois for years. Their focus has often been on helping launch small businesses, and also providing assistance to small businesses looking to expand and take their operations to the next level.

The Center has helped entrepreneurs for decades. In fact, in mid-November they will celebrate 30 years of support with a gala event. The SBDC is proud to encourage both new and existing business as well as foster and strengthen connections among local businesses owners.

The SIU Small Business Development Center

For the past three decades, the SBDC has provided professional assistance to small businesses throughout the Illinois. In 1984, the SBDC was created after the passing of the federal Small Business Development Act of 1980. When created, the SBDC became Illinois’ first Small Business Development Center. The SBDC is funded via a cooperative agreement between the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The SBDC provides individualized, free, and confidential consulting services and other assistance to small businesses. Within the state of Illinois, small businesses are those with less than 400 employees. Currently in Illinois, 98.3 percent of employers are considered as operating small businesses. As of 2010, it was estimated that Illinois was home to over 1 million small businesses. The SBDC provides assistance to small businesses for all stages of the business development process, including the formation of a business concept into a tangible business operation, assistance with expanding an existing business, and also for taking a business to the next level by entering into the global marketplace. Some of the other services offered by the SBDC include seminars on a wide range of business and entrepreneurial-related topics.

Access the Right Information for Your Business

Business lawyers appreciate that, unlike some false perceptions, most new businesses do not become stable overnight. As the SBDC explains, “To be successful in business, you need good information.” When it comes to the legal details of forming and operating your business, access to the right information is often the most important aspect of long-term stability. Ensure that you have access to the skilled knowledge you need before undertaking any number of operations, including: drafting new contracts, fielding buy/sell agreements, conducting business tax planning, dealing with litigation or employee disputes, crafting a succession plan, or any number of other tasks.

The SBDC offers useful seminars on various business topics and can steer you to other professionals able to provide critical support and advice. Check out the Illinois SBDC’s website for more information about the gala, as well as for more information about the services that the SBDC can provide for your small business.

If you require legal assistance regarding a small business matter, contact the Naperville small business law attorneys at the Gierach Law Firm today for help.