Entrepreneurs

Go Start A Revolution.

Benjamin Holt did when he opened the Holt Caterpillar Company in Greater Peoria in 1910. Caterpillar is now the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Your idea could be next. Our Greater Peoria entrepreneurial ecosystem can help you get there.

Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

The Peoria NEXT Innovation Center is the home to researchers, inventors, and entrepreneurs that are transforming new technologies and innovations into commercial enterprises. The Center opened its doors in 2007 at 801 West Main Street, Peoria, Illinois, with the Bradley Technology Commercialization Center serving as the property management provider for the Center.  The building, which can house up to 27 companies, has 48,000 square feet spread across 3 different levels. Before leasing space, potential tenants must complete a due diligence process to determine their ability to succeed and cooperate in an incubator environment.

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SCORE

SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE has a local Peoria Chapter that is located at the Heartland Partnership on the Peoria Riverfront. Peoria SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of the entrepreneur. SCORE volunteers are real-world professionals with time-tested knowledge who donate thousands of hours to help small businesses succeed. SCORE Counselors have backgrounds and experience in a wide variety of areas including accounting, finance, marketing, manufacturing, management and business plan preparation.

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Turner Center for Entrepreneurship

The Turner Center for Entrepreneurship is a not-for-profit program located at Bradley University. The programs which make up the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship provide business counseling, technical assistance, training, and educational activities for individuals interested in owning their own businesses. They help existing entrepreneurs and businesses who want to expand or take advantage of new opportunities and technologies, are interested in marketing their products and services internationally, or are seeking to commercialize new products and technologies.

Turner Center Programs Include:
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
International Trade Center (ITC)
Technology Commercialization

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