Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bethel New Life
The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bethel New Life provides training and technical assistance to new and existing small businesses, primarily on Chicago’s West Side and in the City of Chicago.
The center is certified by the state of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and funded through the federal Small Business Administration and is one of about 30 SBDCs across the state of Illinois.
Monthly Trainings: We offer a variety of training and education opportunities, including workshops on starting a business in Illinois, marketing, financing, accounting, legal structure, taxes, technology, social media and business planning. Workshops are generally led by professionals working in the topic area of focus. Our regular free workshop schedule for the first quarter of 2017 can be found here: 1st Quarter Topical Small Business Workshops
Technical Assistance/Individual Counseling:
• One-On-One Business Counseling
• Business Feasibility
• Market Research
• Financial Analysis
• Business Planning
• Loan Packaging for Business Loans
• Technology Assistance
Entrepreneurial Training Program
Twice a year the IL SBDC at Bethel New Life offers a 15 week Entrepreneurship Training Program for new and existing businesses less than five years in business. The comprehensive class helps provide the framework for these entrepreneurs to develop a business strategy to launch or expand their business. For more information about the class and how to apply click here.
Support to Manufacturers
Our experienced and expert staff is supporting the renaissance of manufacturing on Chicago’s West Side – one manufacturer at a time. With over 170 manufacturing businesses generating over $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Bethel’s SBDC is assuring that it is not business as usual for West Side manufacturers.