Financing/Funding Sources

Small Business and Entrepreneur Assistance

Illinois Small Business Development at Elgin Community College

Contact Information:

Phone: (847) 214-7488
Address: 1700 Spartan Drive Elgin, IL 60123-7193

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Small business development assistance is available to businesses in the north and central parts of the county from the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Elgin Community College. This center offers free one-on-one business consulting, business planning and business financing assistance. Other services include tax planning and accounting assistance, marketing advice and research and international trade and government procurement. Free telephone and email business coaching is available.

Kishwaukee College Center for Business Development and Continuing Education

Contact Information:

Phone: (815) 825-2806
Address: 21193 Malta Rd., Malta, IL 60150-9699

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Consulting capability at the Kishwaukee College Center for Business Development and Continuing Education, in the north and central parts of DeKalb County, includes strategic planning, process mapping, project management, organizational development and process improvement.  Customized training can encompass leadership, industrial and technical training and OSHA health and safety.  In partnership with the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), the center provides services to manufacturers including ISO/QS quality assistance, lean manufacturing, advanced manufacturing and information technology/E-business.

Illinois Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee Community College

Contact Information:

Phone: (630) 906-4143
Address: 5 East Galena Blvd.

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In south DeKalb County, small business development assistance is provided by the Waubonsee Community College Small Business Development Center.  The center providers one-on-one counseling by appointment and conducts a variety of seminars and workshops on business planning, management, marketing, growth strategies and financing. For new entrepreneurs, a Business Plan Start-Up Guide is available to list and explain the recommended steps involved in creating a business plan.

Illinois DCEO Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology

Contact Information:

Phone: (800) 252-2923
Address: 500 East Monroe Springfield, IL 62701-1643

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The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity maintains a website known as the Illinois Small Business Development Center with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and technology.  The organization provides experts, networks, tools and other opportunities to help new and expanding small business ventures be more attractive to investors.  The many different resources offered through their services include tools from financing to government contracting assistance.

SCORE Chapter of DeKalb County (Service Corps of Retired Executives)

Contact Information:

Phone: (815) 748-1649
Address: 775 S. Annie Glidden Road DeKalb, IL 60115

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The Services Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is an organization of experienced business leaders who volunteer to help anyone operating a small business or thinking about starting one.  The DeKalb County office opened in 2009 as part of the Fox Valley Chapter.  Free counseling is available for as long as an individual desires the help.  SCORE also has low-cost workshops, has many resources available on their website, and provides additional services to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

 Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center

Contact Information:

Phone: (888) 806-4632
Address: 155 North 3rd Street Suite 402 DeKalb, IL 60115

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The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) is a team of specialists who work with Illinois businesses to increase productivity and become more competitive.  They accomplish this by employing the know-how of a national network of field engineers who work directly with manufacturers and other businesses to solve problems and create opportunities.  IMEC also helps companies access other Illinois-based private and public sector resources.  IMEC solutions including expanding operating capacity, integrating advanced manufacturing techniques, creating a culture of continuous improvement and increasing supplier performance.

DeKalb County Small Business Initiative

Contact Information:

Phone: (815) 899-0778
Address: 200 N. Main Street Sycamore, IL 60178

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The DeKalb County Small Business Initiative is a comprehensive website identifying resources available to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the county.  As a part of the country’s mission to encourage economic development, DeKalb County Government maintains this informational guide to lead interested parties to the free or low-cost services that are offered in our area.

Illinois Business Financial Services

Contact Information:

Phone: (309) 495-5976

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As a premier Illinois CDC, Illinois Business Financial Services has been growing small businesses for over 30 years.  With the SBA 504 Program, small business owners can secure the financing they need to expand and purchase real estate or capital equipment at below-market rates.