Start a Business

Helping new businesses launch is something we do quite well in Greater Peoria. Utilize these area startup resources.

Get Started at The Illinois SBDC


The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC), at Bradley University, provides business counseling at no cost and also offers low-cost training programs for aspiring entrepreneurs, startups, and existing businesses in Central Illinois. Services include:

  • Guidance through business startup steps
  • Training on how to write a Business Plan
  • Critique and suggestions on Business Plan content
  • Analysis of feasibility of new business ideas.
  • Provide low cost marketing ideas.
  • Referrals to area professional services providers and lending institutions

Jumpstart Your Business Idea & Join the Startup Greater Peoria Community

Startup gp

Startup GP is growing a community of thinkers, doers and innovators in Central Illinois. Startup GP provides training, collaboration, and mentorship in order to connect all sorts of talents and sprout startups. Get plugged in by attending one of Startup GP’s many events.

Startup Peoria Initiatives

The Nest

The Nest Coworking is a shared office space providing the resources required by independent professionals. Learn More arrow


KeyStart is a business pre-accelerator and pitch competition providing entrepreneurs with fast access to capital. Learn More arrow

Travel Grants

The Startup Travel Grant is for those that need to travel in order to take the next step in growing their business. Learn More arrow

Slack Team

Our goal is to gather people from the GP startup community into one place where they can meet others that hold similar values. Learn More arrow

Mixer Events

Our Mixer events connect local entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, service providers, and others. Learn More arrow