The Business and Industry Centers located in each of the 39 Illinois community college districts provide assessments, testing, education, training and other business resources that are specific to the needs of a local business. These centers assist local businesses to become competitive and to increase their economic viability by increasing employee skills.

Small Business Development Centers in cooperation with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the U.S. Small Business Administration, provide technical and management assistance through one-on-one counseling and group training sessions to local business owners. These services may include development of a business plan, securing finances, addressing state and federal employment laws and other details necessary to be successful.

Procurement centers provide businesses with the marketing and technical assistance necessary to procure government contracts. Ultimately, the successes of the procurement centers provide industrial and service-based companies with government contracts that facilitate job creation and retention in the area.