Government in the Greater Peoria area provides data, low-interest loans, business development programs, and training that are avaliable for startups. Some government funded programs are more focused on startup growth, and offer advice, mentorship programs, financial assessments, planning and strategy development, and more for local startup businesses.

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University

U.S. Small Business Administration

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.


  • 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

Ross Miller
1501 W. Bradley Ave.
Jobst Hall 141 – Turner Center for Entrepreneurship
Peoria, IL 61625
phone: (309) 677-2992

A.D.M.E. Illinois

Advancing the Development of Minority Entreprenership

Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME) is an investment program developed to strengthen Illinois’ start-up and small business community by tapping into the potential of underrepresented communities, including African-American, Latino, Asian-American, women, and veteran entrepreneurs. The pilot program will focus on minority-owned businesses and individuals in the Chicago, Peoria and Rockford metropolitan areas.