The Illinois SBDC at Bethel New Life is led by staff with experience in the SBDC Network and a wealth of knowledge in the areas of small business development, management, and capital investment.

A key component of Bethel ‘s business development activities is its Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which provides training and technical assistance to new and existing businesses. SBDC focuses on the needs of new and emerging businesses assisting them in the start-up process with business planning and accessing other business resources Individual counseling is available at no charge and free training workshops open to the public are offered on a regular basis.

While Bethel’s SBDC is focused on providing consultation to any business that seeks support, those that have manufacturing or technology capabilities are a high priority.

The SBDC is supported in part by the federal Small Business Administration and at the state level by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.