The Office of Innovation and Economic 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
In the News…
Creative thinking is abundant as HackSI 2019 draws largest crowd in history
Creativity and innovative thinking were in abundant supply when hundreds of technology enthusiasts converged at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for the seventh annual HackSI event, Nov. 2-3. The “hackathon” has grown by leaps and bounds since it began just a few years ago and at the end of the two-day brainstorming session, several teams and individuals walked away with bragging rights and prizes. Read more at https://news.siu.edu/2019/11/111519-hacksi-results.php
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 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.
Read more at https://news.siu.edu/2019/09/092519-coddington-named-forbes-under-30-scholar.html
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