Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bethel New Life

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bethel New Life provides training and technical assistance to new and existing small businesses, primarily on Chicago’s West Side and in the City of Chicago.

The center is certified by the state of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and funded through the federal Small Business Administration and is one of 36 SBDCs across the state of Illinois.

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Monthly Trainings: We offer a variety of training and education opportunities, including workshops on starting a business in Illinois, marketing, financing, accounting, legal structure, taxes, technology, social media and business planning. Workshops are generally led by professionals working in the topic area of focus.

Technical Assistance/Individual Counseling:
• One-On-One Business Counseling
• Business Feasibility
• Market Research
• Financial Analysis
• Business Planning
• Loan Packaging for Business Loans
• Technology Assistance

Additional multi-session training opportunities are also available, join the mailing list at to receive notification when enrollment begins.


Support to Manufacturers

Our experienced and expert staff is supporting the renaissance of manufacturing on Chicago’s West Side – one manufacturer at a time. With over 170 manufacturing businesses generating over $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Bethel’s SBDC is assuring that it is not business as usual for West Side manufacturers.

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