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
SIU's Business Incubator Programs hatch successful businesses
It’s not at all unusual for Kelly McCormack to look out her office window at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, home to the Business Incubator Programs, and see deer prancing across the grassy lawn or drinking from the pond.
Yet, she likens her “amazing” modern office to some of the best Silicon Valley has to offer. In fact, she’s coined the phrase “Little Sillinois” to describe the supportive, high-tech environment she’s found at SIU.