Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

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The Community Development Department serves as the 'heartbeat’ of our community, as our breadth of work touches most constituents within the city. The onset of the pandemic highlighted the disparities, particularly among people of color, as it relates to health, housing, education, and economic development. This department serves across several sectors regarding housing and economic development, and we can make a difference here in our backyard by establishing a Small Business Development Center.

The need for the SBDC project was born out of the work of the City of Bloomington’s Racial Equity Strategic Planning Committee (RESPC) and reconfirmed by the recent business survey conducted by Morris Leatherman Company, where 84% of the surveyors responded that the creation of a city-led incubator was a good idea. The development of a city-led SBDC will be established to achieve the following goals: increase economic mobility among under-represented groups including BIPOC and women-owned businesses, youth, and the creative sector (artists); serve as a space for aspiring entrepreneurs by providing educational and financial resources; repurpose an existing facility; create long-lasting jobs that will benefit the community; and drive economic growth.


The Community Development Department serves as the 'heartbeat’ of our community, as our breadth of work touches most constituents within the city. The onset of the pandemic highlighted the disparities, particularly among people of color, as it relates to health, housing, education, and economic development. This department serves across several sectors regarding housing and economic development, and we can make a difference here in our backyard by establishing a Small Business Development Center.

The need for the SBDC project was born out of the work of the City of Bloomington’s Racial Equity Strategic Planning Committee (RESPC) and reconfirmed by the recent business survey conducted by Morris Leatherman Company, where 84% of the surveyors responded that the creation of a city-led incubator was a good idea. The development of a city-led SBDC will be established to achieve the following goals: increase economic mobility among under-represented groups including BIPOC and women-owned businesses, youth, and the creative sector (artists); serve as a space for aspiring entrepreneurs by providing educational and financial resources; repurpose an existing facility; create long-lasting jobs that will benefit the community; and drive economic growth.


  • The City of Bloomington is committed to fulfill the aspirations of our small business community. Please take 5-10 minutes to help us better understand how we can best meet your needs and the aspirations of the wider small business community. The data captured will be used to develop an innovative small business development center that will break ground in 2023.

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