Unleashing

the power

of small business

Help at Every Stage

If you currently own a business and are looking for resources to help your business grow, have a business idea, or have an interest in starting a business, the SBDC is a good first step.

Grow Your Business

We’re experienced in growth strategies and can offer advisory support and resources such as GrowthWheel and Lean StartUp to help your business achieve success.

Advising & Resources

We provide no cost, confidential, individual consultation in all functional areas of business. If we can’t answer your question, we’ll refer you to the organization that can.

Start Your Business

Our workshops and one-on-one consultations will provide you with the tools, knowledge and guidance necessary to start your business.

Become a ClientTake the first step and let us help you and your small business.
Remember, our services are offered free of charge.
Passionately providing business resources, insight and knowledge to small business owners with the desire, drive and determination to reach their goals.

Our Team

  • Testimonial

    Don Elmore

    Director, Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC

    Don Elmore

    Don Elmore brings many years of experience in consulting, executive and managerial roles to his position as Director of this Small Business Development Center. Those experiences have taken him into a variety of industries including computer-assisted instruction, networking products, scientific instruments, software development and publishing. He also co-owns a small retail business in Champaign, so he has firsthand experience with the issues faced by many small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Don provides help in a number of areas under the heading “business counseling” including start-up assistance, business plan development, financing, marketing strategy and more.

    Learn more about Don.

  • Testimonial

    Kathie Cravens, CGBP, MIEx

    International Trade Specialist, Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC

    Kathie Cravens, CGBP, MIEx

    Kathie Cravens, a seasoned international trade specialist with years of exporting experience, has traveled and lived abroad, worked closely with numerous international dealers and distributors, and has attended several international trade shows. She has advised small to medium sized companies on their export practices and has been directly involved with exporting numerous shipments of U.S. manufactured goods to every continent around the world.

    Learn more about Kathie.

Contact Us

Tap into one of Champaign County’s most valuable resources for small business. The SBDC is here and ready to help you unleash the power of your small business. Contact us today to speak with one of our trusted advisors.


Location

1817 South Neil Street – Suite 100
Champaign, Illinois 61820
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Phone & Email

217-378-8535
info@cusbdc.org

Office Hours

Monday – Friday 8:00 – 5:00
Closed Saturday and Sunday


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Our Partners

The Illinois SBDC at Champaign County EDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois DCEO, the University of Illinois and Champaign County Economic Development Corporation.

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