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About Us

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.  We provide professional guidance for business growth to advance the Illinois economy.  We work in partnership with our funding agencies: the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Defense Logistics Agency, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bradley University provides free business counseling and low-cost training programs for existing and startup businesses in Central Illinois. Some of the services this center offers include business startup assistance, business plan advice, growth strategies, financial statement analysis, management training seminars, student consulting projects, and marketing ideas.

The Rural Business Development Manager at Bradley University will help align our centers and programs with national and state priorities to support rural business startup and growth.  The focus of this position will be on individuals and businesses in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Mason, and Stark countries, along with the eastern portion of Fulton county, and southern portion of Marshall County. This position will counsel rural clients on the development of their business and marketing plans, identifies potential financing opportunities for clients; coordinates the use of internal and external resources to achieve Center goals and objectives, and support rural business growth.

The Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) assists companies in selling goods and services to federal, state, and local agencies.  The center also assists with registration requirements as a vendor and certification as a diverse business owner

The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Bradley University has helped hundreds of Illinois companies take advantage of the potential of the international marketplace. The ITC expanded in 1994 to include assisting clients with accessing the benefits of the many U.S. Free Trade Agreements. The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Bradley University has helped expand Illinois exports by over $300 million, and is a recipient of the President's E-Award, the nations highest honor recognizing excellent in export growth.

The centers and programs in the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship supports local entrepreneurs and potential high growth businesses at all business life-cycle stages. Client companies can range from early stage companies to companies that have been in business for over a century.

Staff

Kevin Evans
Director, Small Business Development Center

Peoria NEXT Innovation Center 109
(309) 677-4989
ksevans@bradley.edu

James Foley
Director

Jobst Hall 141
(309) 677-3075
jff@bradley.edu

Jennie Hale
Director of Programs & Budget

Jobst Hall 141
309-677-4321
tce@bradley.edu

Cameron Horn
Manager, Rural Business Development

Jobst Hall 141
(309) 271-9244
chorn@fsmail.bradley.edu

Keli Krueger-Huhra
Director of the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Jobst Hall 412B
(309) 677-3297
khuhra@bradley.edu

Ross Miller
Director of Technology Commercialization and Director for the Institute for Innovation through Collaboration

Peoria NEXT Innovation Center 218
(309) 677-4432
rmiller@bradley.edu

Beatriz Ramirez
Free Trade Agreement Specialist

Jobst Hall 412D
(309) 677-2996
bramirez@bradley.edu

James Ryan
International Trade Specialist

Jobst Hall 141
(309) 677-3647
jryan@bradley.edu

Support Staff

Theresa Bloom
University Support Staff

Jobst Hall 141
(309) 677-4321
tbloom@fsmail.bradley.edu