The following is a list of resources that can guide an entrepreneur through the various factors of starting a new business. Included is information presented by speakers hosted by EnterpriseWorks, as well as referrals to government and third-party support.
Business and Startup Support
I-Start Entrepreneur Program
EnterpriseWorks is developing the I-Start program to encourage more University of Illinois inventors to pursue start-up formation and commercialization of their research and technology.
Shared Services Program
EnterpriseWorks has hired a diverse team of student specialists and part-time staff to help work on projects for small businesses in the Research Park.
Business consulting from locally-successful entrepreneurs.
EnterpriseWorks has compiled a list of the Entrepreneur-in-Residence workshops to assist entrepreneurs and inventors that are considering starting a business.
The Research Park is home to EnterpriseWorks, a technology business incubator that offers not only space for new companies, but access to University of Illinois resources and entrepreneurial training and mentoring.
Local Entrepreneur Resources Overview
Summary overview of the most useful resources available locally. (PDF)
Student Entrepreneur Resources
Resources for students looking to start their own companies.
Funding Your Small Business
Short list of available venture capital and grants, as well as articles on funding.
Starting a Company
General resources for starting a company in East Central Illinois.
Business Plan Competitions
Awards handed out for innovative ideas and business plans.
Small Business Consulting Resources
These organizations are resources for consulting and specialized advice.
SBIR/STTR Grants and Federal Funding
Resources for SBIR/STTR funding as well as tutorials on applying for funding.
Entrepreneur Training Programs
These are events and organizations that can familiarize you with basic entrepreneurial skills.
Small Business Tax Considerations
Tax information for small businesses. (PDF)
Offices and Facilities for Entrepreneurs
Description and overview of Research Park buildings and University facility use agreements.
Protecting Intellectual Property
Overview of IP protection and licensing IP from the University.
Professional Service Provider Referrals
Referrals to services that Research Park companies have actually used.
Sales and Marketing Strategies
Market data and presentations by speakers on sales and marketing.
HR resources, example documents, and websites for reference.
Legal Issues in Tech Entrepreneurship
Basic legal issues that a business may encounter, from IP to joint developer agreements to mergers and acquisition.
Leveraging Corporate Partnerships
Tim Hoerr gives a nice overview of leveraging outside relationships with OEMs, corporations in Joint Development Agreements, Prototyping facilities, Contract Manufacturers and other partners that can help your firm make technology products.
Information about taxes for startups and the self-employed.
Video Resource Center
Online videos aimed towards helping tech entrepreneurs. Videos hosted by the Technology Entrepreneur Center.
Mashable's list of PR Tips for startups.