Seven new state-run centers opened this summer to further support Illinois small businesses.
The additional Small Business Development Centers are in Chicago, Elgin and Joliet. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity said the $11.5 million effort brings the total number of centers statewide to 42.
“With many Illinois businesses currently facing unprecedented burdens as a result of COVID-19 and recent civil unrest, our SBDC community partners can be a lifeline for businesses working to reopen safely,” said Michael Negron, acting director of the department.
Business owners can get one-on-one confidential advice and assistance at the centers on many topics including education, training and business planning.
The centers also have helped small businesses seek financial assistance during the coronavirus pandemic, which forced many to close or dramatically change day-to-day operations.