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cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small
Business Administration, Illinois Department
of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
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Accion is a small business lender dedicated to providing financing and business education to small businesses. Accion offers loans of up to $20,000 for start-up businesses and up to $50,000 for established businesses, as well as Credit Builder loans between $500 and $2,500. By encouraging the economic self-reliance of microentrepreneurs throughout Illinois and Northwest Indiana, Accion strives to help businesses and communities grow. To learn more about Accion or fill out an application, call the IL SBDC at Rock Valley College at (815) 921-2081 or click here to visit Accion's website.

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IBIS World 

As the world’s largest independent publisher of U.S. industry research, IBISWorld’s team of expert analysts covers 700 different market segments. Each industry report is presented in an objective, easy to understand format, providing hard-to-find answers to top market research questions. Each market report is available online in HTML and PDF format. Call the IL SBDC at Rock Valley College at (815) 921-2081 to get preferred pricing and complete access to these benefits.

  WISC- Wisconsin Innovation Service Center 

The (WISC) specializes in new product and invention assessments and market expansion opportunities for innovative manufacturers, technology businesses, and independent inventors. Since 1980, WISC has researched the viability of more than 8,000 projects. Technical experts and researchers use an extensive array of resources to analyze information on technical feasibility, existing patents, market size, competitive intensity, demand trends, and other areas. WISC's research products cover product feasibility, competitive intelligence, distributor assessment, customer satisfaction, and licensing partnerships. Call the IL SBDC at Rock Valley College at (815) 921-2081 to get preferred pricing and complete access to these benefits.


Existing businesses of any size will find a customized support network in our CTeam.  From our roster of  highly experienced and skilled professionals, CTeam participants will be brought together to work directly with you and/or your management team to successfully resolve your most difficult issues or develop your latest idea.  Contact the NIU EIGERlab at (815) 316-6357 to learn more or make an appointment.

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