IESBGA Annual Conference

Main Content

MAY 19 - 21, 2021

Hyatt Place, Champaign, IL

The Illinois Entrepreneurship & Small Business Growth Association (IESBGA) will host its annual professional development conference, in support of the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, at Hyatt Place in Champaign, IL. You must register to attend.

The conference will kick off with a luncheon. Breakout sessions will be held in the hotel Wednesday afternoon and all-day Thursday. There will be a reception at the hotel on Wednesday evening from 5:15-7 p.m. Please make plans to join us for networking, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks.

Back by popular demand………. Savor the Flavor!!!! Visit Champaign County has joined downtown businesses to offer us a night on the town with a tour of the finest beverages and treats downtown Champaign has to offer. This will be another great opportunity to network with other conference attendees.

Certification hours will be available for each session. A sign-in sheet with the names of all participants registered prior to May 12, will be available in the back of each general session and workshop room. To receive credit for attending the session, please initial next to your name. If your registration was received after May 12, please print your name on a blank line provided at the end of each sheet.

GrowthWheel will host a training session May 17-19. The training runs 1-5 pm on Monday, 8 am-5pm on Tuesday and 8 am-12pm on Wednesday. Please contact Mark Petrilli if you are interested in participating at

IESBGA Conference Program

The Roger Luman Program Excellence Awards

The Roger Luman Program Excellence Award will be awarded on May 21. The award was created to recognize outstanding, innovative and best practices in the programs and services offered by member centers. These awards recognize specific programs developed by centers to meet a particular identified need and not the overall program or services offered by a center. It is intended that this awards program will facilitate the sharing of information regarding these programs with other IESBGA members resulting in their replication, and will be used to promote the excellence of Illinois small business assistance programs to small businesses and to similar small business assistance programs administered in other states.
All IESBGA members are encouraged to nominate one of their outstanding programs by describing the program, including its longevity, its strengths and its impact on small businesses and/or the impact on the community, region or state. The program must be ongoing and have a history of demonstrated success. It should be replicable by other centers and have involved other entities in the development and/or delivery of the program. Applications are due March 30, to Don Elmore at

The award is named in honor of Roger Luman who was the Managing Director of the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship in the Foster College of Business Administration at Bradley University. As a founding member of IESBGA, he coordinated the Program Excellence Awards for many years. Prior to joining Bradley University, he was a faculty member, business owner, consultant, and volunteer. The award looks to recognize those organizations that embody Mr. Luman’s dedication to supporting small businesses in their communities

Registration is required.

MEMBER Registration Fees By May 12

  • Members get free registration to all events.     

NON-MEMBER Registration Fees By May 12

  • Full Conference Registration: $250
  • Wednesday Only Registration: $155
  • Thursday Only Registration: $170
  • Friday Only Registration: $110

After May 12 members should add $10.

Certified Business Development Advisor

IESBGA Certification Form or IESBGA Re-certification Form If you are a current IESBGA member and are seeking Certification or Re-certification for the Certified Business Development Advisor, you need to submit a completed application and supporting documentation to Jackie Welch by April 30. You can email or send by mail:

Jackie Welch
Conference and Scheduling Services
Student Center – Mailcode 6705
Southern Illinois University
1255 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Hyatt Place
217 N. Neil Street, Champaign, IL  61820

Nightly rate is $135 plus tax

Deadline to make a reservation is April 5, 2021

To reserve a room, call 217/531-2800 and ask for IESBGA Conference rate or go online by clicking HERE**

**Once you type in your arrival and departure date, the group code (G-SM20) will automatically populate.

Registration Options:

Please contact Coordinator Jackie Welch at 618/453-5672 or