Join us for a series of 2024 Illinois Lender Forums.  SBA’s Illinois District Office, SCORE and Illinois’ SBDC Network are holding a series of free forums to update commercial lenders on agency programs and services. Topics will include SOP 50 10 changes, Lender Match, and upcoming SBA training opportunities. SBA staff, 504 corporations, SCORE representatives, and SBA microlenders will present at the event.

The forums are free, but registration is required to attend, so that each lender attending can receive an information packet containing material from all presenters. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the host Small Business Development Center to make arrangements.

The forums have been developed in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Small Business Development Center Network as a service to Illinois small businesses.


Illinois Lender Forums

All lender forums will be held from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. CT. To register, click on the date you wish to attend.

*Highlighted sections indicate the dates/locations Growth Corp is presenting.

May 1, 2024
Vernon Hills
featuring Joel Herscher
College of Lake County, Southlake Campus
1120 S Milwaukee Ave, RM V336-V340
Vernon Hills, IL  60061
Illinois SBDC at College of Lake County
(847) 543-2750
Email: beachum@uchicago.ed
May 7, 2024
Effingham  Koerner Distribution Hospitality Room
1601 Pike Avenue
Effingham, IL  62401
Illinois SBDC at IECC
(618) 393-3554
Email:  lezondrad@cod.edu
Wednesday, May 9, 2024 Glen Ellyn
featuring Joel Herscher
College of DuPage
535 Duane Stree #233
Training Room 301
Glen Ellyn, IL  60137
Illinois SBDC at College of DuPage
(630) 942-3031
Email: lezondrad@cod.edu
May 15, 2024
Des Plaines Oakton College
1600 E Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL  60016
Illinois SBDC at Oakton College
(847) 635-1645
Email: mgilbert@oakton.edu
May 16, 2024
Carbondale Illinois SBDC at SIU-Carbondale
1740 Innovation Drive
Carbondale, IL  62903
Coming Soon!
May 22, 2024
featuring Marcia Schlicht
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
Room A114
801 W. Main
Peoria, IL
Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University
(309) 495.7238
Email:  illinoissbdc@bradley.edu
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 Chicago
featuring Ryan O’Neill
SBDC at Rogers Park Business Alliance
7056 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL  60626
Illinois SBDC at Rogers Park Business Alliance
(773) 508-5885 x 9
Email:  croeschley@rpba.og
May 28, 2024
Rockford Rock Valley College
Stenstrom Student Center
3301 North Mulford Road
Rm. 1118 (Atrium)
Rockford, IL  61114
Illinois SBDC at Rock Valley College
(815) 921-4076
Email: M.Wright@RockValleyCollege.edu
May 31, 2024
featuring Nick Kern and Steve Lindsey
Old Herald Brewery & Distillery
115 East Clay Street
Collinsville, IL  62234
Illinois Small Business Development Center
for the Metro East
(618) 650-2929
Email:  gdimagg@siue.edu
June 5, 2024
Aurora Waubonsee Community College
18 S. River St., Room 160
Aurora, IL  60506
Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee Community College
(630) 906-4143
Email: nrulz@waubonsee.edu
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 Palatine William Rainey Harper College
Wojcik Conference Center
1200 W Algonquin Rd. W201
Palatine, IL 60067
(Park in lot 14)
Illinois SBDC at Harper College
(847) 925-6520
e-mail: sbdc@harpercollege.edu
June 12, 2024
featuring Marcia Schlicht
Champaign Public Library
200 W. Green Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Illinois Small Business Development Center
at Champaign County EDC


About Growth Corp

Growth Corp is the largest provider of SBA 504 commercial real estate financing in Illinois. 

Growth Corp is a non-profit development company certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to originate SBA 504 loans in Illinois and its surrounding areas.  Driven by a passion for helping small businesses grow, Growth Corp is the largest SBA 504 Lender in Illinois and one of the top ten Certified Development Companies in the country.  With a current portfolio in excess of $900 million, Growth Corp has helped thousands of small and medium-sized businesses get the financing they need.

We know your success depends on having access to expansion capital.  We offer affordable and accessible expansion capital to grow your business.  Our experienced staff takes pride in making a difference in the lives of small business owners and their employees.  Start-ups to seasoned businesses and everything in between can benefit from working with Growth Corp.  Here’s why:

  • We’re the #1 SBA 504 Lender in Chicago and Illinois.  Growth Corp also consistently ranks as one of the top ten SBA 504 Lenders nationwide.
  • SBA recognized Growth Corp as an Accredited Lender after a thorough review of its policies, procedures and prior performance.  The prestigious ALP status grants Growth Corp increased authority to process and close 504 loans, which provides expedited processing of loan approvals and closings.
  • We simplify the loan approval process.  Our team coordinates the entire process from application through closing, funding and servicing, making it seamless for you and your bank lender.
  • We are SBA 504 Experts.  Our responsive and educated staff focuses almost exclusively on SBA 504 loans.  We’ve got the process down to a science!
  • We’ve worked with thousands of businesses, spanning various industries.  That means, there’s not much we haven’t seen.  Your goals, project structure and business type will likely be familiar to us and we’ll understand your unique situation.
  • Our mission is to advocate for small business.  We love our communities and believe small business is the foundation of their economic prosperity.  We will do all we can to support you and your business goals.

If you run a small to medium sized business in and need financing to buy or construct a building or to purchase machinery/equipment, Growth Corp’s team of professionals will work with you directly to provide the best financing strategy for reaching your goal.  Contact any member of our Lending Team today!