Schaumburg Business Association

Illinois SBDC at Harper College

  • Business Consultants
650 E. Higgins Rd.
Suite 18N
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 925-6000
  • About

    The ISBDC at Harper College provides no-cost confidential consulting for small and home-based businesses. Schedule below to receive expert help with one of our advisors. We have also partnered with local firms in Law, Accounting/Tax, Human Resources and Prototyping to offer you free expert help. Our services are paid for through a partnership between DCEO, the Small Business Administration and Harper College.

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    No Cost Advisor Appointments

    Advisory Session w/ Tony Baldassano, CPA 1 hour
    Tony has been giving great business advice to hundreds of entrepreneurs and small business owners for 25 years. His experience includes a broad range of industries, including: real estate, wholesale distributors, trucking companies, retailers, contractors, education, chemical companies, contract manufacturers, farming, and business services.

    Advisory Session w/ Shawn Smith 1 hour
    Shawn Smith specializes in marketing, branding, digital marketing, graphic design, social media, crowd funding (4 successful Kickstarter campaigns), and runs two unique small businesses in Chicago. Shawn has experience helping artists and crafters (Etsy) to monetize what they do. He can help you brainstorm new ideas about your brand and marketing plan. Shawn is ''start up'' friendly.

    Business Coaching with Dennis LaPorta 1 hour
    Business Coaching from a Sales Perspective! Every decision you make in business can have a profound effect on your ability to sell your product or service! I can show you how each decision you make can affect your sales efforts. After all, if you can't sell your product or service, what is your business worth? Dennis is ''start up'' friendly.

    Advisory Session w/ Margret Younis 1 hour
    Looking for a WBE certification (Woman Owned Business) or MBE certification (Minority Owned Business)? Schedule an appointment with Margret to learn more about government contracting and the certification process. Margret Younis is the owner/founder of HRRC, a certified WBE fingerprinting and background check business. Margret is ''start up'' friendly.

    Website/Technology Help with Jennie Johns 1 hour
    Book an appointment with Jennie Johns if you need assistance with your website, email service, and/or other technology issues. Jennie specializes in web functionality, usability and customer experience. She can assist with your technical questions regarding website creation, deployment, and ongoing maintenance. Jennie has over 20 years experience in developing websites along with 8 years teaching website usability, programming, and Microsoft Office applications.

    Advisory Session w/ Tom Cassell 1 hour
    Tom Cassell has provided one-on-one business coaching to many businesses across different industries. Tom specializes in SBA lending (7a, 504), and buy/sell.

    Advisory Appointments in Downtown Elgin 1 hour
    The Illinois Small Business Development Center has partnered with the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce to offer no cost one-on-one business advisory sessions.
    No Cost Legal, Accounting/Tax, Human Resources & Prototype

    Legal Help Sponsored by Lavelle Law 30 minutes
    Founded in 1989, Lavelle Law Ltd. is one of the most respected law firms in the Chicago area. Their expertise includes business and entrepreneurial law, estate planning, divorce and family law, criminal defense, commercial and residential real estate law, banking and securities law, law practice management, bankruptcy and more. The firm generously donates time to clients of the

    Accounting/Tax Help with PorteBrown,LLC 30 minutes
    Get tax, incorporation/business entity advice, QuickBooks help, and more with Margaret Borla, CPA with PorteBrown. 30 Minute appointments. Margaret and PorteBrown,LLC generously donate time to clients of Harper's ISBDC.

    Human Resources Help with Balanced HR Solutions 1 hour
    NEW! Get general HR advice for your small businesses in a wide variety of areas including compliance, employee relations, hiring your first employee, policies and procedures and record-keeping. Melissa and Wendy have each been working in Human Resources for more than 20 years and have worked with businesses in many industries. Make an appointment today to get great advice on your HR small business needs.

    Prototype and Product Development Help Desk Sponsored by EIGERlab 30 minutes
    Do you have an idea for a product and need help with prototyping, engineering and development? EIGERlab is an award winning full service prototyping and product development agency specializing in engineering, reverse engineering, computer-aided design (CAD),3D printing, manufacturing, commercialization and project management. If no dates are available, call 815.965.3522 or to schedule.
    Workshops, Classes and Groups

    Intro to Email Marketing for your Business 1 hour 30 minutes
    This workshop will help you connect the dots on how to monetize your email and social media efforts. You'll learn: (1) What is an opt-in, lead magnet, freebie and why you need one to make money in your business (2) The 3 key elements that make for an irresistible opt-in (3) Knowing what your ideal clients want (4) Different types of opt-ins you can easily use for your business model (5) Using your perfect opt-in to grow your list FAST! Free. Thursday, March 15, 8:30-10am.

    How to Leverage the Power of LinkedIn To Grow Your Business 1 hour 30 minutes
    You know your prospects are on LinkedIn, and you've heard the success stories, but how do YOU reap the benefits of LinkedIn to get more leads, more business, and more referrals? In this seminar you will learn: How to create a LinkedIn profile that attracts quality prospects; How to reach out on LinkedIn to make connections, generate leads, and win more business more consistently; How to build your online reputation as the ''GO-TO'' person in your field. Free. Thursday, April 12, 8:30-10:00am

    Intro to Marketing Your Business Online 1 hour 30 minutes
    Joe Skibbie of JRS Marketing Communications will present the basics of Digital Marketing for Business, making sure your business can be found easily online. In this course, students can expect to learn about the importance of mobile responsive website design and its link to being listed in search results. You will learn about Social Media’s growing importance and connection with Search Engine Optimization. Having a focused online strategy can be the difference. Free. Tuesday, May 8, 8:30-10:00am.

    Master Class: Create an Opt-In Your Ideal Clients Will Find Irresistible 1 hour 30 minutes
    In this session Vanessa is going to help you connect the dots on how monetize your social media efforts. And it begin with creating the perfect opt-in your potential clients are WAITING FOR YOU TO OFFER! You'll learn: What is an opt-in, lead magnet, freebie and why you need one, The 3 key elements that make for an irresistible opt-in, Knowing what your ideal clients want, Different types of opt-ins you can use for your business, Using your opt-in to grow your list. Free. Thursday, May 3, 8:30-10:00am.

    Master Class: Create Killer Content Consistently 1 hour 30 minutes
    Ever ask yourself, ''What the heck am I going to send to my email list this week?'' In this training you'll learn: How to structure your emails so they'll get read, the easiest way to get engagement by adding just one little thing to your emails, inspired content strategy that will position yourself as the expert, How to structure your emails so they'll get CLICKED on, How it's not killer sales copy that will have your readers taking massive action. Much more. Free. Thursday, May 10, 8:30-10:00am

    Master Class: Email Automation Domination! Email Automation Made Easy 1 hour 30 minutes
    Email automation can be a confusing and overwhelming concept for any small business/solopreneur to master. Perhaps you don't know what to say in these emails or you just never found the time to get these automated systems set up. By the end of this session, you'll not only have a clear understanding of how email automation works, you'll also be given EVERYTHING YOU NEED to finally create that automated welcome email series you always wanted to! Free. Thursday, May 17, 8:30-10:00am

    Starting a Business in Illinois Workshop 1 hour 30 minutes
    Do you have the personal characteristics, the financial fitness and the business readiness skills to own a business? Find out if entrepreneurship is right for you. Learn about the critical steps to opening your own business including viability, business formation, financing, and more. Class is offered every month.