Small Business Services

Welcome to the Entrepreneur & Business Center (EBC) at Joliet Junior College. We are a small business advising center providing no-cost professional services to the community. We deliver one-on-one support for the pre-planning and launch stages of a new business, growth of an existing business, or the purchase of an existing business.

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What We Do

Our Mission

Our mission is to help entrepreneurs grow and create jobs in Illinois communities, and to train a future generation of business leaders, especially those from nontraditional backgrounds. Our business center is an outreach program at heart, and part of our mission is to level the playing field for underserved businesses.

To reach those developing businesses and budding entrepreneurs that can benefit from information and nurturing, we depend on our network of community partners to identify trends and collaborate for the good of businesses and economic growth.

Who We Serve

  • Business Owners
  • JJC Students, Alumni, and Staff
  • Community Members
  • Non-Profits 


Our Services 

One-on-One Advising

Clients and can schedule an appointment to meet with one of our advisors. We then follow up with regular meetings for as long as our support is needed to help you launch your business.

  • Business Plan Development
  • Cost Analysis
  • Budget Creation
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Preparing for Financing

Education and Workshops

These no-cost seminars are offered on a rotating schedule throughout the year. Topics vary but are always relevant to the small business owner.

  • Learning the Sales process
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Legal Protections for Small Businesses
  • Website Essentials
  • QuickBooks for Beginners

How You Benefit

Accountability- You and your advisor develop goals and timelines for your progress.

Expertise- Our advisors work together to give you the information you need to make good choices.

Resources- We connect you with community partners to support other areas of your business formation or operations.


Register Now

To have an opportunity to meet with one of our advisors, please take a moment to complete the registration form. Click the link below.



What to Expect

After reviewing our services and submitting your registration to become a client, our business advisors will review your submission and reach out by email or phone to discuss and schedule next steps.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Email


Why become a client of Joliet Junior College's EBC?

  • The access to educational, training, business and faculty resources of the college.
  • The regional focus and our commitment to the community
  • Our access to both new and existing partnerships across the community
  • Our education, training and advisory services are available online, via Teams and in person, one-on-one
  • Our advisors come from diverse business backgrounds and specialties who are dedicated to getting answers to your questions


Social Media & More

You do not have to be a business expert to start a business, but entrepreneurship takes dedication and hard work. We are here to provide support to set you up for success.

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