Thank you to everyone who nominated individuals for the 40 Under Forty 2016 Award. We look forward to announcing this years 40 award winners.


Congratulation to this year's 40 Under Forty Awards for 2015. View them here


Today w begin unveiling the 40 Under Forty Awards for 2015. Please be sure to check out the new website.


We will be launching our 40 under Forty very soon. So check back on our website or follow us on Facebook.

We do not have any workshops scheduled for the remainder of the summer. You will find 9 workshops in the Fall Continuing Education Center Catalog which will be available Aug/September. We are looking to add some additional workshops which will be posted here and on the  ISBDC at IVCC facebook page.


Upcoming GrowthWheel Workshop: Great tool to organize your information and make decisions.  Save the Date Wednesday June 9th.


Small Business & Entrepreneur Resource Expo

Tuesday November 18, 2014 8:30 am-10:30am

The Small Business & Entrepreneur Resource Expo is FREE, but advance registration is required.
To register email Dianna at dtuftie@ncicg.org or call (815)-433-5830. Click here for Flyer (PDF format)


We are in full operation in our new location. We moved to IVCC Main Campus C-328. We look forward to many exciting things happening in 2014. We will keep you posted. Have you heard about Starved Rock Startups? If you haven't and want to learn more about it, please go to www.starvedrockstartsup.com


Breakfast of Champions 2013

The Illinois Small Business Development Center hosted their 3rd annual Breakfast of Champions at Deer Park Country Club on Thursday October 24, 2013. We honored 16 companies at this event. These are local business owners that have made a BIG impact on the development of our community. We recognized our SBDC Advisory Board:Jay Baxter, Jamie Gahm, Tom Becker, Brian Carnes, Marci Duro, Jordan Ellena, Nora Fesco, Sam Fisher, Al Forristall, Jamie Gahm, Kelly Klobucher, Debb Ladgenski, Kevin Lindeman,Yona Lunkin, John McCormick, Boyd Palmer, Ted Parisot, Jim Peters, Troy Resetich, Deb Schultz, & Bob Vickrey. Also recognized was the SBDC Funding Partners:Illinois Valley Community College, Sterling Development Corporation,Illinois Labor Management,City of Spring Valley, and Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Next, 2013 Corporate Event Sponsor: Hometown National Bank (4o Under Forty). Now for the award winner, we begin with 2013-2014 Student Entrepreneurs: Blake Billig, Justin Taylor, and David Bartley all from LaSalle-Peru Township High School. Austin Berberich from Henry High School, and Nathan Ward from Putnam County School. 2013 Entrepreneur Educator of the Year: Jay McCracken, Superintendent of Putnam County Schools. 2013 Advocate of the Year:Jordan Ellena- University of Illinois Extension. 2013 Advocate of the Year: Debb Ladgenski-City of Spring Valley Economic Development Director. 2013 Funding Partner: Heather Sotelo, Executive Director Greater Sterling Development Corporation. 2013 Start-Up Business Owner of the Year: Mark Krum of Krum Creations.2013 Start-Up Business Owner of the Year: Christie Pasieka & Michelle Olson of Christy’s Kitchen Ltd. 2013 Start-Up Business Owner of the Year: Joe Marenda of Joey’s Sausage & Deli. 2013 Start-Up Business Owner of the Year:Matthew Becker of Stone Jug Barbeque.  

Keynote Speaker and 2013 Hall of Fame: Seattle Sutton of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.2013 Business Owners of the Year:Glenn Biscocho & Edgardo Biscocho of Biscocho Automotive LLC. 2013 Business Owner of the Year:Ann Crosby of Annie’s Little Pots. 2013 Business Owner of the Year:Brian Padilla of Bri-Morr Trucking.2013 Business Owner of the Year: Dave Pellegrini of  D&M Landscaping.2013 ProfessionalBusiness Owner of the Year:Dr. Wendy Sanders-Maubach, O.D. 2013 Business Milestone:45 Years Robert Kuhn of Robert Kuhn Photography. 2013 Niché Business of the Year:Fred Konrad & Diane Baker of Paws Here Pet Resort. 2013 Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year: Cody Burroughs of State Farm.2013 Web Development Business of the Year:AJ Hauser of Hauser Design Group. 2013 Marketing Technologies Business of the Year: Ted Parisot of Informé.

 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year
Mark Wenzel
August Hill Winery &
Illinois Sparkling Co.

Breakfast of Champions 2013



 Facts About Government Grants

SBA does NOT provide grants for starting and expanding a business.
Government grants are funded by your tax dollars and, therefore, require very stringent compliance and reporting measures to ensure the money is well spent.  As you can imagine, grants are not given away indiscriminately.
Grants from the Federal government are authorized and appropriated through bills passed by Congress and signed by the President. The grant authority varies widely among agencies. SBA has authority to make grants to non-profit and educational organizations in many of its counseling and training programs, but does not have authority to make grants to small businesses. The announcements for the counseling and training grants will appear on (www.grants.gov.) If Congress authorizes Specific Initiative Grants, organizations receiving such grants will receive individual notifications.
Some business grants are available through state and local programs, nonprofit organizations and other groups. For example, some states provide grants for expanding child care centers; creating energy efficient technology; and developing marketing campaigns for tourism. These grants are not necessarily free money, and usually require the recipient to match funds or combine the grant with other forms of financing such as a loan. The amount of the grant money available varies with each business and each grantor.
If you are not one of these specialized business, both federal and state government agencies provide financial assistance programs that help small business owners obtain loans and venture capital financing from commercial lenders.


Websites are now free for Illinois businesses!




At the Illinois Small Business Development Center, we believe the web is an essential platform for all of our members. That’s why we’ve joined Illinois Get Your Business Online a Google-led program that provides the tools and resources for Illinois businesses to get online and succeed online.  


 The program includes:


     A free, easy-to-build, professional website

     A free customized domain name and hosting for one year

     A free local business listing on Google

     Free tools, resources, and local events


While 97% of Americans look online for local products and services, 58% of Illinois small businesses do not have a website or online presence. These businesses are virtually invisible to many potential customers.


Illinois Get Your Business Online is an easy, free, and fast way for Illinois businesses to get online. With professional templates and a few easy steps, businesses can create and publish a website in less than 60 minutes.

 If your business is not online, find 60 minutes to create a professional website. It’s easy. Really fast. And really free. Get started at: . Don’t stay invisible to customers looking for you online.  http://www.gybo.com/illinois/