Help at Every Stage
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.
Remember, our services are offered free of charge.
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC is funded through a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois Department of Commerce, and the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation; with additional support provided by EDC of Decatur and Macon County and the Midwest Inland Port.
Director, Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC
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.
Mariel Huasanga, CGBP
International Trade Specialist, Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC
Mariel Huasanga, CGBP
Mariel Huasanga is a seasoned exporter, and has traveled to more than 55 countries, lived abroad, received certifications in international logistics and international market intelligence, and founded two companies – a chemical/textile consulting firm and a biotechnological/chemical business.
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.