Illinois Small Business Development Center

In total, small businesses are the largest employers in the United States.  The State of Illinois and Kaskaskia College have teamed up for over twenty years to help small businesses start and grow within the district.  The aid is provided through the Illinois Small Business Development Center, or ISBDC.

The ISBDC has its main location at the Work Force Center in Centralia.  Here, people with business ideas can come and see what it takes to get started.  The center offers free counseling on how to start a business, including how to create projections, write a plan, and the details to get a business growing.  The center is not only for those who want to start a business, but also those who need help with their current one.  Whether the need is to incorporate, create a pay roll, or overcome stumbling blocks, business owners can speak with someone at the ISBDC for advice, free of charge. 

There are many other opportunities also provided by the ISBDC.  Every few months, each of Kaskaskia College’s Education Centers will host a workshop, put on by the ISBDC.  These workshops are open to anyone to attend, with the only cost being for supplies (such as hand outs).  These are great opportunities for people to learn about starting a business, or to help them expand.

  The ISBDC also offers small business incubators at several of the College’s Ed Centers.  These offices are ideal for any new business person looking for a place to meet clients or do work.  Each office is secure, has phone, electricity, furnishings, heating, cooling, and anything else a new owner could need, and is priced at only a dollar per square foot.  Student workers are also available at these locations to act as receptionists, at no additional charge to the business owners.

Success is huge at the ISBDC. Out of the new businesses they help start, 60% make it through the first two years.  Over half of those businesses that do not succeed are due to the fact that the owners decided the self-employment business world was not for them.  Starting a successful small business is not easy, but with all of the opportunities and services provided by the ISBDC, success is within reach.

For persons interested in starting their own business, expanding their business, seeking business advice, or simply just wondering if business ownership is for them, please contact the ISBDC at 618-545-3062.  Steve Groner, Small Business Development Center Director, is located in the ISBDC at the Kaskaskia College Workforce Center at 325 S. Poplar in Centralia.  He can be reached at 618-545-3060, or at

Riley Barker, Business Specialist, is located in Salem and typically covers the Northern and Eastern parts of the district.  He can be contacted at 618-545-3439, or at  Both Groner and Barker are willing to travel to meet with clients, and willing to help any way possible.​

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