September 24, 2009

Center to mark 25 years of helping businesses

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- There’s going to be a big birthday party at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the “guest” of honor is the Illinois Small Business Development Center, best known as the ISBDC.

The Sept. 29 celebration recognizes 25 years helping create, develop and grow Southern Illinois, one business at a time. The reception is 4:30-6 p.m. at the ISBDC, located in the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, 150 E. Pleasant Hill Road in Carbondale.

Plans call for SIU President Glenn Poshard to speak at 5 p.m. Honored guests include past and present clients, former directors, financial institutions and all those who have played a part in the success of the ISBDC. Many of the center’s clients will be showcasing their services and products during the festivities. The public is welcome.

“Success stories abound at the Illinois Small Business Development Center and we encourage anyone with current or past involvement with the center to join us in celebrating 25 years of business assistance to Southern Illinois,” said Lynn Andersen Lindberg, current director of the center.

The ISBDC works with an average of 350 clients annually, from small, home-based businesses to larger companies with global markets. The center provides clients with a variety of free counseling services and resources.

“Our 25-year commitment of serving small business owners and entrepreneurs through our SIUC Small Business Development Center is a critical piece of our economic development priorities. We applaud the successes of the hundreds of businesses we have assisted with start-up and expansion and sincerely appreciate our 25-year partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity,” Poshard said.

For more information about the ISBDC or the celebration of the services the ISBDC provides call 618/536-2424 or check the Web site at