Kevin Evans

Director, Small Business Development Center

Peoria NEXT Innovation Center 109
(309) 677-4989


Kevin Evans originally a Chicago native, Graduate of Marycrest College Davenport Iowa with a degree in Business Administration and minor in Computer Science, After graduation obtained Series 7 worked as a Registered Representative later obtain series 24 Started Snave Trading Corporation Inc.  a member firm of the Chicago Stock Exchange from 1990-1997.    Kevin also operated Snave partners LTD as the managing partner.  Later launched Kevin Evans & Associates and employee benefits practice. Kevin currently works as Director Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University.

Kevin is certified as a Business Development Advisor by the Illinois Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth Association.  He has mentored and advised more than 250 small businesses and start-ups.  Has served on a variety of community boards including Association for Child Development, Richwoods JFL, Mental Health Association of Central Illinois. Kevin has also served as organizer for 1 Million Cups Peoria.  Kevin is actively involved in volunteering in Peoria Public Schools as a coach.  He also serves as a mentor for Junior Achievement of Central Illinois. 


  • Co-Instructor BraveLaunch
  • Instructor for GPEDC Co-Starters
  • Instructor of Starting a Business in Illinois Workshop
  • Instructor of Junior Achievement Company


  • Artist to Entrepreneur
  • Demystifying Art Business
  • How to Operate for Start-ups
  • Concepts in Management – Startups

Practice in Field

  • Consulting – Employee Benefits


  • Youth Leadership Saint Paul Baptist