Business Development

Local Financing Assistance Links
Locations and contact information for area financial institutions.

NIU Business and Government Resources
Managed through the Division of Outreach, Engagement, and Regional Development at NIU to build connections between the university and local businesses, residents, government, and various groups and organizations, primarily within the City of DeKalb.

40TUDE Nonprofit
40TUDE is a student consulting team, led by NIU’s Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies, offering pro-bono consulting services for local non-profits.

Kishwaukee College Business Community Resources
Kishwaukee College offers resources for employee training and professional development to keep DeKalb County companies and employees competitive in the global economy. Available resources and information include customized training, OHSA & safety training, small business development, leadership development, and upcoming business development events.

DeKalb County Business Incubator
The Mission of the DeKalb County Business Incubator has been designed to foster and support, in an office environment, the initial development of new ideas by emerging entrepreneurs which can then evolve into a successful business for them and add to permanent/long-term economic growth throughout DeKalb County.

IL DCEO – Small Business Assistance
The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) ( has compiled a clearinghouse of information on starting a small business in Illinois.

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network serves thousands of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and second-stage small businesses throughout Illinois every year. The services provided by Illinois SBDCs, SBDC International Trade Centers (ITC), and Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) set the stage for personal and professional growth, which directly impacts our local economies for the better.

The SBDC at Waubonsee Community College — in partnership with Kishwaukee College — is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Through the SBDC, small business owners, both prospective and existing, can obtain essential management, marketing, and financial coaching. We offer no-cost one-on-one coaching and a wide variety of low-cost events and workshops to help make your business a success.

INTERSECT Illinois is a new economic development organization dedicated to increasing Illinois’ competitiveness, focusing on business development, and creating jobs. INTERSECT Illinois works with the Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and other economic development organizations throughout the state to promote Illinois’ strengths and resources.

State of Illinois Business Resources

U.S. Small Business Association

SCORE is a non-profit association dedicated to helping small businesses setup, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship for over fifty years.