Governors State University College of Business

Phone: 708.534.4930

  • Undergraduate & advanced degrees across business disciplines, AACSB Accredited
  • Sign Up for email announcements regarding the Doing Business In - Exporting Series.

Governors State University School of Extended Learning


  • Provides CEU, noncredit, and certificate training classes for Small Business & Personal Development
  • Sign Up for email announcements regarding Small Business training.
  • Business training classes under Professional Development

Nonprofit Community Development Financial Institutions (small biz lenders):


Chicagoland Business Opportunity Fund VEDC
John Boadner

Other Small Business Development Centers:

Women’s Business Development Center
GSU campus representative now available.

WBDC – GSU Office
Priscilla Cordero
For appointments: 312.853.3477 extension 100.

WBDC - Chicago Office
8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.853.3477
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 100
Chicago, IL 60612  

Small Business Development Center
Contact: Emily Lo
Phone: 312.433-2373

International Trade Center
Contact: Molly Banuelos
Phone: 312.433.7656

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

Additional Entrepreneurial Resources

SouthWorks MakerLabs Network:

  • Provides tools and training to make physical and electronic products/prototypes.
  • Guidance through the process of creating a business based on your product.
  • Build a prototype. (don’t hire a designer or spend six figures)
  • Utilize 3D printers, laser cutters, and access the manufacturing labs of our host community colleges.
  • Etsy training for craft-oriented products including tools to develop new products.