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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary overview of the most useful resources available locally. (PDF)
Resources for students looking to start their own companies.
Short list of available venture capital and grants, as well as articles on funding.
General resources for starting a company in East Central Illinois.
Awards handed out for innovative ideas and business plans.
These organizations are resources for consulting and specialized advice.
Resources for SBIR/STTR funding as well as tutorials on applying for funding.
These are events and organizations that can familiarize you with basic entrepreneurial skills.
Tax information for small businesses. (PDF)
Description and overview of Research Park buildings and University facility use agreements.
Overview of IP protection and licensing IP from the University.
Referrals to services that Research Park companies have actually used.
Market data and presentations by speakers on sales and marketing.
HR resources, example documents, and websites for reference.
Basic legal issues that a business may encounter, from IP to joint developer agreements to mergers and acquisition.
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.
Online videos aimed towards helping tech entrepreneurs. Videos hosted by the Technology Entrepreneur Center.
A brief list of lab equipment/supply companies