Starting a Business


    New busineses and entrepreneurs are an important part of a community's growth and innovation, and we value the opportunity to connect them to the resources and services they need to succeed.


    SCORE Peoria


    Peoria, IL Chapter of SCORE (For The Life Of Your Business) is part of a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of the nation’s small business. SCORE volunteers serve as mentors.


    Peoria SCORE provides free and confidential business mentoring tailored to meet the needs of the entrepreneur or small business owner and tailored to your personal objectives.


    SCORE volunteers are real-world professionals with time-tested knowledge who donate thousands of hours to help small businesses succeed. Mentors have backgrounds and experience in such areas as accounting, finance, marketing, manufacturing, management and business plan preparation.


    SCORE provides free and confidential one hour mentoring sessions are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 AM and on Thursdays at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 PM.


    Contact Score:

    Peoria SCORE
    Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce
    403 NE Jefferson
    Peoria, IL 61603

    Phone: 309-676-0755

    Email: Score.Peoria@scorevolunteer.org


    Bradley University Turner Center for Entrepreneurship


    The Turner Center for Entrepreneurship is a not-for-profit program located at Bradley University. The centers which make up the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship provide business counseling, technical assistance, training, and educational activities for individuals interested in owning their own businesses. The Turner Center not only works with individuals in the community, but also with students hoping to start their own businesses. The center also helps existing entrepreneurs and businesses who want to expand or take advantage of new opportunities and technologies, are interested in marketing their products and services internationally, or are seeking to commercialize new products and technologies.


    The centers within the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship include the Illinois Small Business Development Center, the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center, and the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center. 


    Contact the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship:


    Turner Center for Entrepreneurship

    Bradley University Jobst Hall

    Jobst 141
    Phone: (309) 677-4321