Small Business Development Center

The WBDC’s three Small Business Development Centers provide counseling and training to support emerging and existing businesses. 

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Advising | The SBDC teams offer one-on-one business advising to all entrepreneurs in all stages of the business cycle– whether you’ve been open for months or decades. Select a location and advisor below to make an appointment.


Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the WBDC

Chicago office
8 S Michigan Avenue, Suite 400


Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the WBDC/Little Village

Little Village Chamber of Commerce
3610 W 26th St. Chicago, IL 60623


Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the WBDC/South Suburbs

4137 Sauk Trail, Suite 132, Room V
Richton Park, Illinois 60471


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International Trade Center

Ready to go worldwide? The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center (ITC) at the WBDC provides customized export solutions to help businesses enter global markets. 

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Workshops | While it may seem daunting to take your products or services to other countries, the ITC can help you with all stages of the process. Topics range from international logistics to credit insurance. Click here to check out upcoming workshops.

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Illinois APEX Accelerator

The Illinois APEX Accelerator at WBDC provides existing and emerging businesses in Illinois with
professional business counseling, training, and the information they need to grow, succeed, and reach their highest potential (apex) in government contracting.

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Huddle | Every Tuesday, the Illinois APEX Accelerator team hosts a one-hour session on how to boost your procurement efforts. Weekly topics range from capability statements to SAM registration. Join us and bring your hurdles to the huddle! Click here to check out upcoming sessions.

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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the Women’s Business Development Center. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA (or DCEO).

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please contact WBDC for arrangements. SBA funded programs are extended to the public in a nondiscriminatory basis. WBDC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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