The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Sauk Valley Community College

The Small Business Development Center at the Sauk Valley Community College has been established as part of a statewide network with support from city and county governments, local banks and community businesses as well as the federal Small Business Administration and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.


Our services include: one-on-one management consultation, training and professional development, strategy development and feedback, loan packaging help, assistance with financial projections, guidance on earned, owned, and paid marketing media mix, assistance with accounting tools, guidance on business administration technologies and applications, and generally any information needed to make informed business decisions.


Our list of training and workshops are those which we have designed and will deliver, co-developed and/or co-hosted workshops, and those we recommend that are offered from regional partners such as other IL-SBDCs, educational institutions, and area chambers of commerce. 


100% of our workshops are no-cost while those offered by our partners may include a nominal cost to cover materials, trainers, and resources. 


Workshop topics range from those relevant to startups to those needed by experienced business professionals.  If you do not see the topic that you need, please contact us.  We are eager to receive your guidance so that we can deliver topics that are needed and highly relevant to small businesses in our region.     



Our Vision

To be recognized as the
leading no-cost resource for business growth, advancing the Sauk Valley economy.

Our Mission


The IL-SBDC exists to strengthen our economy through the delivery of high quality, in-depth, and effective business consulting to existing and start-up businesses, creating both wealth and jobs.

Our Beliefs


We believe our clients are seekers of knowledge.  We respect their entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to learn.  We believe our clients are valuable individuals and are the life-blood of our regional, state, and national economy.


We believe business owners through effective planning and expert guidance can reduce entrepreneurial risk and be better equipped to accept the responsibilities associated with owning and operating a small business.


We believe our roles are to coach, connect, and educate our clients and that we must be open, positive, and knowledgeable in this endeavour. We work side-by-side to help our clients develop effective plans, strategies, and improve overall business acumen. 


Our consulting services include assessment, strategy feedback and validation, coaching, and no-judgement education. We are also your link to other resources and partners which may provide additional professional business assistance and services.  

Our Values


Service – This means making a difference in our clients’ lives by offering valuable, timely, and meaningful assistance. We make ourselves available, easily accessible, courteous and professional.


Quality – We offer uncompromising excellence in all we do.  Our entire staff is committed to continuous learning.  Each staff member invests a minimum of 40 hours each year in continuing education to learn and access cutting-edge business tools and techniques.


Integrity – We gain the confidence and trust of our clients by keeping all proprietary information confidential and by being honest, trustworthy, and credible in all our dealings–whether we are working with coworkers, clients, or partners.

© 2021 by Illinois Small Business Development Center at Sauk Valley Community College

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. SBA, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity and Sauk Valley Community College. Additional funding provided by the Supporters of the Illinois SBDC at Sauk Valley Community College.