IESBGA Annual Conference

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Dates for this event are pending.  This year's conference will be held virtually.

Theme:  Plan - Grow - Protect: Advancing in a Digital World

The Illinois Entrepreneurship & Small Business Growth Association (IESBGA) will host its annual professional development conference virtually this year, in support of the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network. You must register to participate.

The conference will kick off with a keynote speaker. Breakout sessions will be held Wednesday afternoon and all-day Thursday, and Friday morning.

Certification hours will be available for each session. Reports will be generated to keep track of your participation.

IESBGA Conference Program -- COMING SOON

The Roger Luman Program Excellence Awards

The Roger Luman Program Excellence Award will be awarded on Friday morning of the event. 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 TBD, 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 

  • Members get free registration to all events.     

NON-MEMBER Registration Fees 

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

After TBD 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 TBD. 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

Location: Virtual

Registration Options:  COMING SOON

  • Members
  • Non-members
  • Sponsorship
  • Fax the registration form to 618/453-5680 or email
  • To register by phone with a credit card, call Conference and Scheduling Services at 618/536-7751

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