Start a Business

Starting a Business in Illinois Workshops
This free, 3 hour workshop conducted by the Small Business Development Center is designed for entrepreneurs who are ready to put their business plan together. Topics covered during the class include organizing your Business Plan, bank/investor expectations, preparing projections of revenue & expenses, step by step explanation of each Business Plan section, examination of a sample Business Plan, and loan programs available & their requirements.

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  • Find more information on their programs here.  

Starting a Business in Morton Checklist
The Morton EDC has provided a summary of activities and resources available for starting a business in Morton.  Find the list here or contact us at 309-263-2491 to talk through this list in person!

Starting a Business in Morton Checklist.

SBDC Business Plan Development Resources
The Illinois Small Business Development Center offers a variety of online sources for the development of your business plan including legal structure, permits, pricing your product, marketing, and much more.

SBDC Business Plan Development Resources

Turner Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Bradley
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University provides free business counseling and low-cost training programs for existing and startup businesses in Central Illinois.  It can provide business planning resources, resource links, training, government guidance, and more.

Startup Greater Peoria
Provides a starting point for new businesses, entrepreneurship, investors, and resources.  Provides a shared working space for new initiatives and startups in the regi
Also lists a range of resources available in the area for starting and growing a business.

Peoria SCORE provides free and confidential business mentoring tailored to meet the needs of the entrepreneur or small business owner.  Score mentors will provide customized assistance utilizing a range of subject areas pertaining to starting a business, growing a business, marketing a business, etc.

Peoria Next Innovation Center
Peoria Next Innovation Center is a technology incubator that fosters discovery, innovation, and commercialization for the life sciences, engineering, and information technology.

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