Business Outreach Center

Business Center

The Business Outreach Center is available to both existing business and aspiring entrepeneurs

Business Outreach Center

Located within The Chamber Office, the Business Outreach Center provides existing businesses and individuals interested in starting a business, assistance, services, resources, and access to information critical to making smart business decisions.


Business Outreach Center @ The Chamber
903 North Keller Drive
Effingham, IL 62401
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

"Evidence indicates start up firms that take advantage of resources such as mentoring, counseling and other small business development assistance have a better survival and growth rate than do their peers."

— Todd Harris, Financial Post, Feb. 25, 2008

Resources Include

  • Business Resource library - Books, magazines, and various audio-visual materials on subjects that range from how to write a business plan to leadership.
  • Free Counseling Sessions - Business start-up, financial, operational, and employment assistance provided by expert counselors from area colleges and government agencies.
  • Free Online Resume Service, Notary Public and Certificate of Origin Assistance.
  • Interview space - Perfect for off-site or confidential interviews.
  • Resources for Enterpreneuers and Business Owners Starting or Expanding a Business in East Central Illinois
  • SBA Small Business Resource Guide - Guide to share valuable tools and services that exist to support you, America‚Äôs 32.5 million small businesses and innovative startups, as you pursue the American dream of business ownership
  • Touchdown space for busy entrepreneurs - A fully equipped office containing computer links to colleges, government agencies, business development services, employment resource sites, and even training modules.

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