About Us

The centers within the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship include the Illinois Small Business Development Center, Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Bradley University, NAFTA Opportunity Center, and Entrepreneurship Center focus on individual areas that relate to issues with which small businesses may come in contact.

The Illinois Small Business Development Center 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 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 the NAFTA Opportunity Center - one of only two in the state with a focus on Canada and Mexico. Working together, more than 500 companies have expanded their export sales by more than $80 million.

Since 1994, the NAFTA Opportunity Center has helped hundreds of Illinois companies capitalize on the potential of Free Trade Agreements around the world, including the state's two top export destinations - Canada and Mexico. Whether your company is new to international trade or already has established export markets, contact us to maximize your export potential.

The Entrepreneurship Center works with 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.

New Matchmaking Portal: The Turner Center and the IL SBDC at Bradley University have developed a networking portal in partnership with XLR8.  This allows clients to connect with each other, or mentors and alumni that want to offer assistance to companies as they grow. For more details, link here: Matchmaking Portal.


Kevin Evans
Director, Illinois Small Business Development Center

Peoria NEXT Innovation Center 109
(309) 677-4989

James Foley

Jobst Hall 141
(309) 677-3075

Jennie Hale
Director of Programs & Budget

Jobst Hall 141

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

Jobst Hall 412D
(309) 677-3297

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

Peoria NEXT Innovation Center 218
(309) 677-4432

Beatriz Ramirez
Free Trade Agreement Specialist

Jobst Hall 141
(309) 677-2996

James Ryan
International Trade Specialist

Jobst Hall 412B/C
(309) 677-3647