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What counties does the Central Illinois SBDC serve?
The Illinois SBDC for Central Illinois, hosted by Growth Corp, follows its mission of providing professional guidance for business growth in ten Central Illinois counties, including Sangamon, Menard, Logan, Christian, Montgomery, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass, Greene, and Scott.
The Illinois SBDC for Central Illinois carries on the long history established through the SBDC’s 35-year role as a leader in economic development for the area. Hosted by SBA Certified Development Company, Growth Corp, the Center now adds access to the in-house expertise of one of the top 504 lenders in the country.
Growth Corp is a proud host of the Central Illinois SBDC
Guidance for Business Growth
With nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs are in every community providing local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources need to succeed. America’s SBDCs provide measurable economic results, in 2020 SBDCs helped generate; 91,767 jobs, $7 billion in sales growth; $6 billion in capital investments; and started 20,374 new businesses proving once again, SBDCs are leaders in job creation and economic growth.
The Central Illinois SBDC, hosted by Growth Corp, offers advising services and programs for individuals interested in starting or growing a business. Since the Center is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois Department of Commerce, and Growth Corp, nearly all of the services and programs provided are offered at no cost to clients.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What services are offered?
- Starting a new business
- Writing a business plan
- Creating financial projections
- Developing marketing plans
- Increasing sales
- Record-keeping and accounting
- Personnel management
- Sources of credit financing
- Advertising and sales promotion
- Understanding financial statements
- Industry research
How do I make an advising appointment?
Schedule a no-cost, confidential, one-on-one session today: cisbdc.com/appointments
Who is the Director of the Central Illinois SBDC ?
Kevin Lust (pictured above left).
Mr. Lust began his service at the Illinois SBDC at Lincoln Land Community College in 2005 and was with the Center through its closing in December 2020, when he opened the new Illinois SBDC for Central Illinois. He originally began his career in banking and has owned his own professional services business since 1996, along with two other small businesses.