Business Outreach Center

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


The Business Essentials Support and Technology Center @ the Chamber provides information, assistance, and services to individuals interested in starting a business and existing businesses will have access to resources critical to making smart business decisions.

Available services include:

  • Free Counseling Sessions on business start-up, financial, operational and employment assistance provided by expert counselors from area colleges and government agencies*
  • Touchdown Space for Busy Entrepreneurs including a fully equipped office containing computer links to colleges, government agencies, business development services, employment resource sites and even training modules.
  • Interview space for off-site confidential interviews.
  • Business Resource library, supplied by Helen Matthes Library, containing books, magazines and various audio-visual materials on subjects that range from how to write
    a business plan to leadership.
  • Free on-line Resume Service, Notary Public and Certificate of Origin Assistance.
  • Area Resources for Enterpreneuers and Business Owners Starting or Expanding a Business in East Central Illinois (PDF, 213 KB)

Business Outreach Center
903 North Keller Drive
Effingham, IL 62401
Phone: 217-342-4147
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday