Eric Sampson

Eric Sampson

Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center

    Business and Engineering Convergence Center 1144
    (309) 677-2992



Joining Bradley on May 4, 2020, as the Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University, Eric will advise individuals who want to start a business or expand existing businesses. Areas of assistance include developing business and marketing plans, financial projections, business formation issues, and obtaining financing. He will also assist owners and managers of existing small businesses to identify solutions to business related problems to expand and diversify their sales.

Eric brings a diverse background in finance, technical development, marketing, and real estate and investment management. He previously served as the CFO and Chief Trading Officer of Edgewater Trading, Inc. His areas of interest include supporting entrepreneurs and local small business owners toward capital funding options, market expansion and improved profitability, and supporting growth, hiring and competitiveness through innovation and effective strategies.

Eric received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Bradley University. He is an organizer of 1 Million Cups, the host of various entrepreneurship and start-up networking events in Peoria. He can be reached at for small business support. Services are confidential and provided at no cost.