Business Assistance

Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)

IMEC was established in 1996 to improve the productivity and competitiveness of Illinois' small and mid-sized manufacturing firms. IMEC will link your long-term plans and related goals with on-site implementation services by identifying performance gaps, solving these gaps, and building a culture to support sustained improvements. IMEC helps optimize operating capacity, implement advanced product and process innovations, increase sales and enter new markets, and improve profitability. Learn more at

International Trade Center

Exporting offers the opportunity to open new markets, broaden customer bases and reduce seasonal fluctuations characteristic of domestic sales. ITC offers new and expanded information tools and services make it easier for firms of all size to enter the international marketplace. The specialized and customized advising services include market research for potential global markets, assistance in identifying international competitors, guidance in finding new or additional distribution channels, and assessing export readiness. Visit their website at

Metro Chicago Exports (MCE)

Metro Chicago Exports is a program of the Chicago Regional Growth Corporation (CRGC). CRGC is a regional economic development organization that drives collaboration among public and private partners to generate inclusive growth and prosperity across Northeastern Illinois (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will, and the City of Chicago). Metro Chicago Exports boosts trade among small- and medium-sized enterprises. MCE’s export assistance programs help businesses reach their export potential by providing a range of financial, networking, and training support. Find more online at

Women’s Business Development Center – Aurora

The mission of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is to support and accelerate business development and growth, targeting women and serving other underserved communities and veterans, in order to strengthen their participation in, and impact on, the economy. The organization serves clients from all walks of life with a focus on women, minorities, and veterans with the majority from low-to-moderate income areas. More information can be found at

Waubonsee Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Through the SBDC, small business owners, both prospective and existing, can obtain essential management, marketing and financial coaching. We offer FREE one-on-one coaching and a wide variety of low-cost events and workshops to help make your business a success.

We can help you:

Work smarter, not harder! Check out our workshops for Small Business owners that will help you make connections, hone your skills and gain the marketing insights you need for success. Learn more at

College of DuPage Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Entrepreneurs and small business owners can obtain the needed advising in management, marketing, financial and operations. We offer FREE one-on-one advising and a variety of workshops to help your business not only survive but thrive!

Our training and advising is available for new and existing businesses. As a business owner, you understand the need to find expertise that is affordable and valuable. The Illinois SBDC at College of DuPage meets and exceeds on both of those requirements. Our advising and resources will help you:

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