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Rockford, Illinois
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If you are interested in starting your own business, the SBDC is the place to start.  Our training programs will provide you with the right information to make the best decisions.

Are You Ready to Be an Entrepreneur?
Do you want to be your own boss?  Having an idea to start your own business is the easy part.  Gaining the knowledge to become a successful entrepreneur is a challenging path to pursue.  Join us for a couple hours monthly to arm yourself with an overview of the knowledge and skills you need before you jump into the life of an entrepreneur.

Click here for a class schedule or to register.


Self-Employment Training

 Manufacturing Self Employment Training Class

This low cost program, *is made possible by a partnering of the City of Rockford and the IL Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to bring the professional assistance you need. This course is for individuals who want to learn what it really takes to be your own boss.

  • Taught by a local manufacturing entrepreneur
  • Learn from experience you can't find in a textbook
  • Transform your ideas into products!

-Business plan development and software

-Patent, and Trademark information

-Proven Curriculum

*Reduced rate for qualified individuals who are low to moderate income. Others will pay a $100 tuition fee.

Date: Currently in session. Please call for more information regarding next class date. ( Each week on Thursdays for 6 weeks)

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Location: EIGERlab, 605 Fulton Ave., Rockford, IL

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Storefront Business Planning Class

Are you an entrepreneur with an idea for a profitable "storefront"small business or an existing small business owner that just needs a little help to make your business sustainable and profitable?

The City of Rockford's Commercial District Economic Development Education and Entrepreneurship Network (EDEEN) and Rock Valley College's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are offering an 8-week course to help you create a business plan for your restaurant, boutique, gift shop, salon, art gallery, or other concept. You will also receive up to 5 hours of individual assistance following the class to launch your business or strengthen your existing business.

Fees: No cost to low and moderate income households through funding from the City of Rockford. Others will pay a $100 tuition fee.

Location: Rock Valley College Learning Opportunity Center, Stewart Square, Second Floor, 308 West State Street, Downtown Rockford

Schedule: Currently in session. Please call for more information regarding next class date.

Register: Click here to register.


Accounting with Computer Software
Quickbooks Level 1 
Learn the basics of this powerful financial management software program for small business.  Topics include:  plan and create a new company, work with opening balances and balance sheet reports, work with customer and vendor transactions, and bank with Quickbooks.  We recommend that you have basic computer skills.  Purchase text at RVC bookstore.  Bring a flash drive to class.

Call Rock Valley College Community & Professional Education at (815) 921-3900 to register.

Quickbooks Level 2
Same text book is used for Level 1 and 2.  Topics for level 2 include:  inventory, payroll, job costing, time tracking, designating classes, reports, graphs and balance sheet accounts.  Bring a flash drive to class.

Call Rock Valley College Community & Professional Education at (815) 921-3900 to register.


Individual Counseling
The SBDC counselors are highly experienced in all aspects of start up businesses.  We would be happy to sit down with you for an individual counseling session to learn about your concept and connect you with the right resources to get started.

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