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The Office of Economic and Regional Development at Southern Illinois University Carbondale established the Small Business Incubator Program with assistance from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (formerly the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs). This program has assisted more than 50 organizations start and expand their operations since its inception in 1990. It is housed within the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center in the SIU Research Park, adjacent to the main campus at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The Small Business Incubator Program partners with the Illinois Small Business Development Center, which is also located within the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center.  The SBDC provides a full range of business development assistance for entrepreneurs, including one-on-one consulting, workshop and training events, and business plan development.

The mission of the Small Business Incubator Program is to accelerate the start-up and expansion of small businesses in southern Illinois. The program is here to provide the guidance and consulting necessary to make sure those start-up and expanding firms have the tools necessary to succeed.

Value Added Services Provided:

  • Business Coaching
  • Business Planning
  • Start-up/Expansion Assistance
  • Resource Networks
  • Meeting Room Space
  • Member of the National Business Incubator Association
  • High Speed Internet Access
  • 3D Printing Lab
  • Peer-to-peer Networking
  • Mentoring Access
  • Flexible Lease Terms
  • SIU Research Park Linkage
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In the News…

SIU’s Grub Club luncheon is a way for entrepreneurs and businesses to connect

Ribbon cuttings for two new businesses, a chili cook-off and a student food pantry donation drive were highlights of the recent Grub Club meeting and luncheon at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Where entrepreneurs and innovators connect...read more at https://news.siu.edu/2019/11/110619-grub-club-luncheon-great-way-for-businesses-to-connect.php

Southern Illinois Research Park receives $50,000 SBA ‘Growth Accelerator’ award

The Southern Illinois Research Park has received a $50,000 growth accelerator award from the U.S. Small Business Administration to support women entrepreneurs.  

The award is part of $3 million the SBA allocated across 39 states and territories to support startups and entrepreneurs researching and developing STEM-related innovations, company formation, and awareness and education on the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

Read more at https://news.siu.edu/2019/10/100219-research-park-receives-award.php or view the complete list of award winners at https://www.sbir.gov/accelerators.

SIU’s Jacob Coddington is a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Scholar

Read more at https://news.siu.edu/2019/09/092519-coddington-named-forbes-under-30-scholar.html

Lift off to career success at SIU’s Launch Professional Development Conference

Read more at https://news.siu.edu/2019/09/091719-launch-professional-development-2019.html

SIU's Business Incubator Programs hatch successful businesses

Read more at https://thesouthern.com/business/local/siu-s-business-incubator-programs-hatch-successful-businesses/article_8559c836-8820-598f-ba67-4ca927812ee6.html