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Resource Links and
Community Partnerships

Providing Connections You May Need


Office of Minority Economic Empowerment
Attn: Mr. Matthew J. Simpson
African American Business Development Manager

(312) 520-0434


43 W. Galena Blvd.

Aurora, IL 60506

(630) 256-3160



105 E. Galena Blvd, 8th Floor

Aurora, IL 60505

(331) 442-1617

Ms. Karina Garcia, CEO


Mailing address:

411 Hamilton Blvd., Ste. 1404

Peoria, IL 61602

(309) 740-4430


43 W. Galena Blvd.

Aurora, IL 60506


43 W. Galena Blvd.

Aurora, IL 60o506

(630) 256-3180

Ms. Jen Mendoza, Interim President & CEO



Small Business Development Centers (SBDCS)

Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide information, confidential business guidance, training and other resources to early stage and existing small businesses.


Services Include:

  • One-on-one business advice and management assistance;

  • Assistance with the development of business plans;

  • Help with accessing market information and the development of marketing plans;

  • Assistance with accessing business financing programs;

  • Assistance with financial analysis and planning;

  • Access to business education and training opportunities;

  • Specialized services in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurial development


Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee Community College

18 S. River St.

Aurora, IL 60506-4178

(630) 906-4143


Illinois SBDC, lTC, & PTAC at College of DuPage

2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 201

Lisle, IL 60532

(630) 942-2771


Illinois SBDC at Elgin Community College

1700 Spartan Drive Bldg. E, Suite E 105

Elgin, IL 60123-7193

(847) 214-7488


Illinois SBDC at Joliet Junior College

1215 Houbolt Road

Joliet, IL 60431

(815) 280-1400

Women’s Business Development Center


The Women’s Business Development Center was founded in 1986 and is a nationally recognized leader in women’s business development and economic empowerment.


Attn: Ms. Minerva Calatayud, Director

43 W. Galena Blvd.

Aurora, IL 60506


(630) 246-7831

United States Small Business Administration (SBA)

In addition to providing local lenders with loan guaranties to help facilitate lending to small businesses, the SBA is a valuable resource of information for business owners and entrepreneurs. The resources, available at no charge, include guidance in starting-up a new business along with information to assist ongoing businesses in such topics as forecasting, financial management, contracting opportunities, special interests, advocacy laws and regulations, and employee issues.


Attn: Mr. Mark Ferguson

Deputy District Director


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