Illinois Small Business Development Center Programs 

The SBA (Small Business Administration) provides a variety of training, counseling and
resources to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs to help them start – and grow –
their businesses. At Chicago State University, those services are delivered by the Small
Business Development Center in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity.

We understand that entrepreneurs drive America’s economy, and account for the majority of
our nation’s new jobs and innovations. Our services and programs are designed to help
businesses enhance their performance and build capacity to successfully compete in the
global marketplace.

Strategic business relationships are the key to economic growth in the 21st century, and we
are proud of the partnerships we form with local business organizations and chambers.
These collaborations provide additional support and resources to address the specific needs
of groups such as veterans, women business owners, or CEO’s who want to expand their
businesses through mergers & acquisitions.