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Resources for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

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The staff at the Illinois SBDC at UIC have found the following resources to be interesting and maybe helpful to small business owners.  Items listed here are for your information and knowledge.  Remember that you need to decide what is best for your business and situation and not all of this will be relevant for you and your business. A listing below does not constitute or imply endorsement or recommendation.

5 Videos You Must Watch Before Starting a Business Note: unfortunately not all 5 are available, but the ones that are available are excellent.
Ten Ways You Can Start Your Own Business Doing Nothing
The Exact Pitch Deck Strategy I’ve Used To Raise $125M Since 2011
The startup framework to validate your idea before you spend $1
4 Keys To Creating A Marketing Budget That Gets Results
Top sales strategies: 62 sales experts share their best tactics to land more customers and close deals
Give Your Ideas Away
6 Low Cost Ways to Test your Business Idea


Federal and State Resources

Small Business Administration (SBA)
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The mission of the Small Business Administration is “to maintain and strengthen the nation’s economy by enabling the establishment and viability of small businesses and by assisting in the economic recovery of communities after disasters.” The agency’s activities are summarized as the “3 Cs” of capital, contracts and counseling.

The SBA Learning Center has many resources that you may find helpful covering many small business topics.  Click here to visit.


Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
To raise Illinois’ profile as a premier global business destination; and to provide a foundation for the economic prosperity of all Illinoisans, through coordination of business recruitment and retention, provision of essential capital to small businesses, investment in infrastructure and job training for a 21st century economy, and administration of state and federal grant programs.


Other Resources

Click HERE to download a business plan template.
Click HERE to download a sample cash flow template with sample explanations.

Certificate of Achievement for completion of the Venture Series

To receive a Certificate of Achievement for completing all 4 of the Venture Series Workshops, please:
Download the homework assignments and answer all the questions on all 6 pages
Submit your answers in 1 electronic document and include the dates of the 4 workshops you attended to sbdc @
We will review the answers, provide feedback, and send you a PDF file of a certificate of achievement.
If you have questions, let us know.

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