SBDC and ITC at

 Governors State University Closure

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and International Trade Center (ITC) at Governors State University are slated to close December 31, 2016. 

The reasons for the closure are due to University budget constraints caused by the lack of state funding. 

For new clients we are partnering with other SBDCs: Industrial Council of Nearwest ChicagoCollege of Dupage SBDC, ITC, and PTAC and our local SCORE representatives. Reach out to them to discuss your business needs! 

For our existing clients who desire to continue to work with a counselor, we will work to find the best combination of referral solutions as needed.  

It has been a pleasure serving you and we encourage you to keep moving forward in your business endeavors!

Additional Resources for Service Continuation



College of DuPage Center for Entrepreneurship
2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 201
Lisle, IL 60532
Small Business Development Center
Phone: 630.942.2600
Fax: 630.505.4931

Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Rita Haake, Program Manager
Phone: 630.942.2184
Fax: 630.505.4931

International Trade Center
Zachary Person
,Program Manager
Phone: 630.942.3041
Fax: 630.505.4931

Small Business Development Center @ UIC

Phone: 312.996.4057

Women’s Business Development Center
WBDC - Chicago Office
8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th FL Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.853.3477

Fax: 312.853.0145
1.800.526.0844 (TDD only) or
1.800.526.0857 (operator assisted)

43 W. Galena Boulevard Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: 630.896.3115

Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago

320 N. Damen Ave., Suite 100Chicago, IL 60612
Small Business Development Center
Contact: Emily Lo
Phone: 312.433-2373
International Trade Center
Contact: Molly Banuelos

Phone: 312.433.7656

SouthWorks MakerLabs Network 



  • Provides tools and training to make physical and electronic products/prototypes.
  •  Guide you through the process of creating a business based on your product.

Before you hire an engineer or designer and spend six figures to have someone build tooling for a prototype, build a prototype at one of our MakerLabs. Utilize 3D printers, laser cutters, and access the manufacturing labs of our host community colleges.

If you have a craft-oriented product, they also offer Etsy training and tools to develop new products.