Additional Resources

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Several additional resources are available in our area to assist persons who want to start a business in our community. Our local community college, Carl Sandburg College, can offer customized and contract training for businesses at The Branch Campus in Carthage through its Center for Agriculture, Business and Industry (CABI). In cooperation with the Small Business Development Center at Western Illinois University they also offer management training, helps for starting a small business and assistance in writing a business plan. The Entrepreneurship Center at Western Illinois University also provides excellent resources for those interesting in starting or enhancing a business. Further assistance is available through the University of Illinois Extension office in Hancock County, which can also provide training for businesses.

Carl Sandburg College Carthage Branch Campus
Center for Agriculture, Business and Industry
Contact: Sarah Billeter
217-357-3129
SB-Center@wiu.edu

Small Business Development Center
Contact: Dan Voorhis
510 North Pearl
Macomb, IL 61455
309-836-2640
SB-Center@wiu.edu

Western Illinois Entrepreneurship Center
Contact: Sadiq Shah
510 North Pearl
Macomb, IL 61455
309-836-2700
S-Shah@wiu.edu

University of Illinois Extension – Hancock County
Contact: TBA
550 North Madison
Carthage, IL 62321
217-357-2150
baker@uiuc.edu

Opportunity Returns – Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Tom Carper – Regional Director
510 North Pearl
Macomb, IL 61455
309-836-2684

General resources from the state of Illinois for persons wanting to start their own small business are available on these state websites:





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