Development & Expansion

Basic Web Development Class

The DeKalb Public Library is starting a 4-week Basic Web Development Class beginning this Thursday, July 14th at 6:30 p.m.

In this program, gain the knowledge to construct your own websites in just four weeks. In the first, learn to plan the website of your dreams and start building right away with HTML. Next, take your skills to the next level by streamlining your project using CSS. The third week will then focus on learning to add JavaScript to make your website interactive and exciting, while the fourth will emphasize integrating and perfecting these components.

Please register by phone at 815-756-9568 ext. 1700 or email Edith Craig, Communications Manager, at There is a limit of 15 people for this free class and anyone over the age of 10 is welcome to this basic class.

Small Business and Entrepreneur Assistance

DeKalb County is a community that is well aware of the advantages small business owners and entrepreneurs bring to the area. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration website, independent firms having less than 500 employees represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms. They employ approximately half of all private sector employees and have generated 60 to 80 percent of all new jobs annually during the past 10 years. It is with this in mind that DeKalb County has a number of resources available to these individuals and groups.

The DeKalb County organizations that are available to small business owners and entrepreneurs include:

  • Elgin Community College Small Business Development Center
  • Kishwaukee College Center for Business Development and Continuing Education
  • Waubonsee Community College Small Business Development Center
  • Illinois Business Information Center
  • DeKalb County Chapter of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
  • Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC)
  • DeKalb County Small Business Initiative

They provide assistance with business planning, marketing, employee training, process improvements, technology and financing. For more information on all of these resources Click Here.

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The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee Community College provides management, marketing, and financial counseling to prospective and existing small business owners. For more information, call the IL SBDC office at (630) 906-4143, or visit the Waubonsee Seminar Details Page for class descriptions, locations, ticket numbers, prices, and registration information on the upcoming events. Click Here for a list of upcoming events.

Need to learn QuickBooks or Excel or want to improve your skills on either program? Waubonsee offers classes to help you out. Click Here for the full list of upcoming Workforce Development Courses.

Illinois workNet Center Calendar and Events


The Illinois workNet Center aids the workforce by connecting job seekers and employers. It provides education, training and employment opportunities which are detailed in the monthly calendar. The Illinois workNet Center at DeKalb is located at 1701 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, Illinois 60115 and can be contacted at (815) 756-4893. For more information visit the Illinois workNet website

Click here to find events taking place in DeKalb.

Call (815) 901-0177 if you have any questions.

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Many classes, seminars, and workshops are offered through the Center for Business Development and Continuing Education.
The Center for Business Development and Continuing Education serves all business, industry and community members with education, training, professional development and personal enrichment classes and workshops.

Business Development is the arm of the Center which is designed to assist local business and industry that compete in a global market, through evaluative services and customized training.  Whatever you need to keep your company and employees competitive in today’s global economy, the professional staff in Business Development can provide the workshop, seminar, or training to keep you heading for continuous quality and development. The staff in Business Development can arrange your customized training either at your work site or on the Kishwaukee College campus.

To learn more about Kishwaukee College and their Center for Business Development and Continuing Education, Click Here.

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NIU College of Business students enjoy an engaging campus experience from a college that is nationally recognized in academic and industry circles for its award winning and dedicated scholar-teachers, personalized student advising, state-of-the-art facilities, active involvement with the business community, and outstanding curricula that narrows the gap between thinking and application. Since the college’s founding in 1961, more than 50,000 alumni have graduated. A large majority of them have become successful business executives in the Chicago area and around the world. Because of this and our close proximity to Chicago, NIU’s College of Business builds extensive partnerships with many firms, alumni, and business leaders. We do this with you, the student, at the forefront of our mind.

To learn more about NIU’s College of Business, Click Here. To visit NIU’s general website, Click Here.

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The College of Engineering & Engineering Technology (CEET) develops adaptable problem solvers capable and ready to solve the challenges of a dynamic and quickly changing world.  Our students not only focus in the classroom, but also spend time working inside our many laboratories, where they learn to apply the complicated principles they learn in the classroom.  This prepares each student for internships and research projects that most often translate to job opportunities immediately upon graduation.

We have more than 200 company presidents, CEO’s, and senior executives among our alumni, and our alumni society (ETAS) directly impacts the instruction of our faculty. CEET understands that engineering professionals are constantly evolving, so we keep our finger on the pulse of change. Our classroom instruction is always current, and the majority of our faculty have business and industry experience.

We have 45 full-time faculty members, 96% of which hold doctoral degrees.  Our faculty personally teach all undergraduate and graduate classes, so you’ll learn from qualified, skilled professionals.  Our classrooms are small and you’ll benefit from the personal attention of your faculty members who know you by name and take a personal interest in your education and your life.

To learn more about NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering , Click Here. To visit NIU’s general website, Click Here.

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The goal of this program is to provide a career path for every student by engaging educators and businesses on ongoing collaborative working relationship toward the inspiration and training of industrial workforce professionals. In order to carry out this goal, a Career Development Coordinator position has been formed and will be responsible for engaging educators and businesses in establishing and conducting career development activities including school business presentations, company visits and tours, job shadowing, internships, work study programs and apprenticeships.

The Pilot Program is a key part of an emerging DeKalb/Ogle County Workforce Development Consortium. A steering committee was charged with hiring an Industrial Workforce Coordinator for the Pilot Program in time for the beginning of the school year. After screening candidates and conducting interviews, the Pilot Program Steering Committee selected Gene Fogle for this position. With a career in business, a delight in seeing youth succeed and a fervor for making things go fast, Mr. Fogle is onboard and reaching out to educators and industry. He can be reached at 815-593-0865 or by email at

To learn more about the DeKalb-Ogle Workforce Development Consortium, Click Here.

Kish Career Link

Kish CareerLink is an innovative, collaborative effort between Kishwaukee College, Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corporation (GREDCO) and the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) to assist students from middle school through college with career exploration through work-based learning activities with local business and industry.  With Kish CareerLink, students and job-seekers can learn about the area companies that offer jobs and careers in their area of interest, participate in career discussions with an online mentor/coach from that company and further interact with that company by participating in job-shadowing, internships, company tours and summer employment. For more information, contact Katie Wolf at (815) 561-2051 or