A new resource for entrepreneurs and small businesses is opening up in McLean County.
Tuesday, community leaders celebrated the future McLean County Small Business Development Center, opening up at Illinois Wesleyan University. It will be a resource for entrepreneurs to improve their businesses and an opportunity for IWU students to get hands on experience.
“We have existing small businesses that need ongoing support and resources. Likewise, new entrepreneurs. So, it will strengthen the economic growth of the county,” says SBDC Director Karen Bussone.
Last year, the SBDC on Illinois State University’s campus announced that it was closing, due to the state budget crisis.
Bussone says the new center will build on the ISU’s success.
“It’s not what we can do better than someone else. It’s what we can take from key learnings and what they’ve done successfully and just keep moving forward with the vision,” she said.
The SBDC is set to open March 27, in the State Farm Hall, on IWU’s campus.