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Illinois Small Business Development Centers are located throughout the state and provide information, confidential business guidance, training and other resources to start-up and existing small businesses. Far South CDC is a designated Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and its business assistance programs are offered in partnership with the SBA and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.

Far South CDC works with start-ups, entrepreneurs and existing small businesses to help them develop and expand their businesses and improve their operations and market share. Assistance is provided in the areas of business planning, debt and equity financing, expansion and relocation, placement and training and business and financial management. Far South CDC also assists companies in accessing a broad range of grants and incentive programs.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made upon request, with at least two weeks notice. Please contact Far South CDC for arrangements. SBA funded programs are extended to the public in a nondiscriminatory basis. Far South CDC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.


+ One-on-one business advice and management assistance.
+ Assistance with the development of business plans.
+ Help with accessing market information and the development of marketing plans.
+ Assistance with accessing business financing programs.
+ Assistance with financial analysis and planning.
+ Access to business education and training opportunities.
+ Specialized services in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurial development.
Starting 2018, the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center (ITC) at Far South CDC will help hundreds of Illinois companies take advantage of the potential of the international marketplace. The ITC will include specialized assistance to ensure exporters obtain the benefits associated with Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), including NAFTA. We help manufacturing and service companies make the right move at the right time. Services Include:

+ Assessing company readiness to export.
+ Identifying potential export markets
+ Identifying potential foreign buyers
+ Assisting with foreign market entry
+Financing &  International business planning
+ Export document training
+ Trade-lead matching from U.S.
+ Embassies
+ Education and networking
Florence Hardy is the Senior Director of Business Services here at Far South. With experience as a small business owner herself, she is committed to making sure our business owners have the knowledge and tools they need to succeed. Her specialties include Management Consulting, Business Plan Creation, Market Research,  Business Brokerage, Franchise Development and Consulting, and Corporate Development.
Kathryn is an award-winning customer service business consultant with a proven track record of helping her clients create and grow their businesses. She delivers top service by retaining strong client relationships and understanding their business needs. As an experienced in consultant, Kathryn can help you with development, strategic planning, technology, and process-improvement projects.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Crystal Birl at or call (773) 941-4833

Small Business Vendor Matching

Don’t go to the big boys first. Shop closer to home and support another entrepreneur like yourself! Whether it is paper supplies, plumbing services,  marketing services or something else, Far South CDC is now offering a matching service for businesses in the community.

Get access to over 1,000 Far South community members by posting your job or vendor listing on our monthly newsletter and on our website.

We will help you draft your request and post it online to help you find the perfect partner.

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