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Helping new businesses launch is something we do quite well in Greater Peoria. Utilize these area startup resources.

Say Hello to Your Startup Coaches

Meet the people who will personally guide you as you conceive, plan, and launch your business.

Eric Sampson, Director, Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Eric provides confidential guidance to individuals who want to start a business or expand their existing business.
(309) 677-2992

Chris Youngmark, Assistant Director, Illinois Small Business Development Center

Chris meets with aspiring entrepreneurs on their new business venture.

Contact Eric or Chris at:

Andrew Ngui,
Director, Office of Innovation and Startups

andrew nguiAndrew helps catalyze innovation and entrepreneurial efforts through Start Here Greater Peoria. Contact Andrew and plug into Greater Peoria’s startup community.

Get Started at the Illinois SBDC

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC), at Bradley University, provides confidential business counseling at no charge and low-cost training programs for existing and startup businesses in Central Illinois. Services include:

  • Guidance through business startup steps
  • Training on how to write a business plan
  • Critique and suggestions on business plan content
  • Analysis of feasibility of new business ideas.
  • Provide low cost marketing ideas.
  • Referrals to area professional services providers and lending institutions.

Learn more…

Step One

Ready to start your own business? Register for “Starting Your Business in Illinois” workshop which provides the necessary tools and insights needed to help start your business. Workshop Info…

Step Two

Schedule a 1-on-1 confidential, no-cost advising session with an SBDC business advisor.

Contact the SBDC

Ready to get started? Contact the SBDC today!

Jumpstart Your Business Idea & Join the Startup Greater Peoria Community

Start Here GP is growing a community of thinkers, doers, and innovators in Central Illinois. Start Here GP provides startup consulting, life design coaching, collaboration, and mentorship in order to connect all sorts of talents and sprout startups. Get plugged in by attending one of Startup GP’s many events. View the Start Here GP Facebook page…

Get Work Done Here

Get Work Done Here

The Nest Coworking is a shared office space providing the flexibility and resources required by independent professionals. Featuring work space, meeting rooms, and 1Gbps fiber wifi. Learn more or call (309) 495-5910.

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