IESBGA Annual Conference - Virtual

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August 4-6, 2021 

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 at 12:45 pm with a welcome, new member orientation, and the Annual IESBGA meeting.  Breakout sessions will be held Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday. Friday will begin at 8 am with a new member follow up then at 9 am a general session on Self-Care and Wellness from Mary Ardapple Dieker from Coreview Coaching. Following is the IESBGA Program Excellence Award and the certification and recertification presentation.

Certification hours will be available for each session. Each session will have a monitor to keep track of who is logged. To receive credit for attending the session, please stay logged in the entire time.


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 July 30th non-members should add $10.

Location: Virtual

Register Online:




or you can

Email the registration form to Jackie Welch at

Call Conference and Scheduling Services at 618/536-7751

Please contact Jackie Welch at 618/453-5672 or if you have any questions.



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 July 30th, 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

Certified Business Development Advisor

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 July 30th.

Email completed forms and documentation to 

IESBGA Certification Form

IESBGA Re-certification Form