Small Business Development Center

SBA to Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus Up to $2 Million in Disaster Loans

In concert with the Economic Empowerment Services of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) strives to provide a hub for the support of small business owners and entrepreneurs. Interested in becoming a client? Click here and select “New Client”.

The SBDC offers support in the areas of:

  • Branding strategies
  • Business plan development
  • Computer & technical assistance
  • Customer relations
  • Financial and lending assistance (access to capital)
  • Market research assistance and marketing plans
  • One-on-one advising for business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Supplementary training through our Innovation Technology Institute (ITI)
  • Using and understanding data analytics
  • referral to those interested in establishing an online partnership

Make a free appointment by completing this online contact form. Our Illinois SBDC is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and clients are seen by appointment only.

Master Plan

Master Plan is offered twice a year. For more information, please email

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Side Hustle Saturday™

Side Hustle Saturday™ is a one-day workshop offered monthly at locations across our YWCA Metropolitan Chicago footprint that helps attendees learn the steps needed to transform their “side hustle” or hobby into a real business. For more information on Side Hustle Saturday™, please contact us at

Childcare Business Training

Have you ever thought of starting a childcare business? Do you have a small childcare business that you want to move to the next level? We offer free one-on-one coaching on the business of childcare. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Princess Gentry, Business Advisor—Julian Grace Innovation & Technology Institute, at


This service is also supported by:
The Coca-Cola Foundation
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Funding in part through a cooperative agreement with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (ILDCEO), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).


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