Small Business Development Center

Illinois SBDC at Harper College helps businesses start, grow and expand.

SBDC provides on-to-one consulting.

Growing a small business is no small task. Need help to expand or improve your existing business? Contemplating launching a new business? We can help.

The Illinois SBDC at Harper College provides:

Free individual small business advising/coaching

Our talented team of seasoned business advisors will help you identify, understand and overcome the challenges of running a successful business. From someone who has an idea for a home-based business to an established company in need of capital to finance their next stage of growth, we work closely with our clients to find solutions that work best for them. Schedule your free appointment today.

April 2015 Workshops and Seminars


Email Marketing 101 - Strategy, Service Provider Software, and List Building

Wednesdays, April 8,15, and 22   from 9 to 10:30 a.m.   More information and registration

SEO vs. On-line Advertising

Thursday, April 16  from 9 - 11 a.m.   More information and registration

Pros & Cons of Franchising

Tuesday, April 28  from 7 - 8 p.m.   More information and registration

Starting A Business In Illinois - First Steps

Wednesday, April 15 from 8 to 9 a.m. More information and registration

Wednesday, May 20 from 8 to 9 a.m. More information and registration

Starting A Business In Illinois - Next Steps

Wednesday, April 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. More information and registration

Wednesday, May 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. More information and registration

What Our Clients Say

Starting A Business Seminar
"Great information & resources!  Instructor is friendly, open to questions, communicates well."  Dawn, entrepreneur starting a business

Marketing Boot Camp
"Great content.  Creative writing exercise was helpful. Really relates to small business owners - how overwhelming it is wearing many hats." Becky H., small business owner

How Small Businesses Are Using Facebook To Get Big Results

"Loved everything about Vanessa’s presentation. She was too good, professional, knowledgeable and easy to understand.” - Shaihla S., Bombay Bliss

Where are you on the business continuum?

Business continuum


Thinking:  I have a great business idea.

Launching: I've evaluated my idea and am ready to launch my business.

Growing:  I want to take my established business to the next level.

Exiting: I'm ready to merge, cash out or pass the business on to the next generation.