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About The Center

No Cost Business Advising

Illinois Small Business Development Center hosted at the Sauk Valley Community College was reopened in 2017 as part of the statewide Illinois SBDC network with support from Sauk Valley Area counties, cities, banks, and community organizations through a cooperative agreement and grant funding from the Small Business Administration and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Sauk Valley Community College offers no-cost advising to individuals and businesses who are seeking professional guidance in the field of business feasibility, business start-up, business growth, and business exit planning.

In addition to professional advising, the Illinois SBDC at Sauk Valley Community College offers professional training and workshops are designed and delivered by subject matter experts in the Sauk Valley! 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.     

2024 Center Stakeholders & Advisory Board

Funded Partnerships

Our partners help fund the Center to provide no-cost advising services to individuals and small businesses in the Sauk Valley Region!

Collaborative Advisory Board Partners

Our collaborative partners help the Center shape and provide innovative services to our area small businesses!

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Our Center Staff

A Team of Expert Advisors Ready to Assist Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses in the Sauk Valley!


Justin Bergman



Kim Ewoldsen



Pamela Clodfelter



Nancy Schaefer

Administrative Assistant

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Center Mission, Vision, and Value Proposition


To be the trusted network for business creation and growth across the Sauk Valley region in Illinois.


To provide professional guidance for business growth in the Sauk Valley Region.


The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network supports thousands of businesses like yours, providing valued assistance to launch dreams, secure financing, and increase profitability. We deliver expert small business guidance and connect owners to vital resources needed to compete, grow, and succeed. We provide confidential, professional business advice, strengthened by our experience, expertise, and specialized training. As your trusted partner, we are focused on your success. The services provided by Illinois SBDCs, SBDC International Trade Centers (ITC) and the Apex Accelerator program set the stage for personal and professional growth, which directly impacts our local economies for the better.

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