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Small Business Investment Corporations

Small business investment companies (SBICs) supply equity capital, long-term loans, and management assistance to qualifying small businesses. They are privately owned and operated, and use their own capital as well as funds borrowed from the US Small Business Administration. While they are profit-seeking enterprises, SBICs select small businesses to be financed within the rules and regulations set by the SBA - therefore, only firms defined by the SBA as "small businesses" are eligible for SBIC financing.

The SBA recommends that small businesses looking for SBIC financing first identify SBICs that may be interested in their companies. Once you've identified and researched which ones would be a good fit for your company, call and find out what materials they would like sent. Some may prefer a full business plan, while others may first want to see the Executive Summary only.

1st Source Capital Corp.100 North Michigan StreetSouth Bend, IN 46601

Mail: P.O. Box 1602; South Bend 46634tel: (219) 235-2180fax: (219) 235-2227

ABN AMRO Capital (USA) Inc.135 South LaSalle StreetChicago, IL 60674

tel: (312) 904-6445fax: (312) 904-6376

Bankers Capital Corp.3100 Gillham RoadKansas City, MO 64109

tel: (816) 531-1600fax: (816) 531-1334

Preferred Investment Size: $100,000Investment Policy: Loans and/or EquityInvestment Type: Expansion, Later StageIndustry Preference: DiversifiedGeographic Preference: Mid-West

Cambridge Ventures, LP4181 E 96th Street, Suite 200Indianapolis, IN 46240

tel: (317) 843-9704fax: (317) 844-9815

Preferred Investment Size: $100,00 to $750,000Investment Policy: Sub Debt and/or EquityInvestment Type: Expansion, AcquisitionIndustry Preference: Diversified, ManufacturingGeographic Preference: Mid-West

CFB Venture Fund I, Inc.11 South Meramec, Suite 1430St. Louis, MO 63105

tel: (314) 746-7427fax: (314) 746-8739

CFB Venture Fund II, LP11 South Meramec, Suite 1430St. Louis, MO 63105

tel: (314) 746-7427fax: (314) 746-8739

Preferred Investment Size: $500,000 to $3 MillionInvestment Policy: Debt or Preferred StockInvestment Type: Buyouts, Expansion, Later Stage, MBO, LBOIndustry Preference: DiversifiedGeographic Preference: Mid-West

Continental Illinois Venture Corp.231 South LaSalle StreetChicago, IL 60697

tel: (312) 828-8023fax: (312) 987-0887

Preferred Investment Size: $5 to $25 MillionInvestment Policy: Loans and/or EquityInvestment Type: Expansion, Later StageIndustry Preference: DiversifiedGeographic Preference: National, Globally

Gateway Partners, L.P.8000 Maryland Avenue, Suite 1190St. Louis, MO 63105

tel: (314) 721-5707fax: (314) 721-5135

Heller Equity Capital Corp.500 West Monroe StreetChicago, IL 60661

tel: (312) 441-7200fax: (312) 441-7378

Kansas City Equity Partners4200 Somerset Drive, Suite 101Prairie Village, KS 66208

tel: (913) 649-1771fax: (913) 649-2125

Preferred Investment Size: $500,000 to $2 Mil.Investment Policy: EquityInvestment Type: Seed, Early Stage, ExpansionIndustry Preference: DiversifiedGeographic Preference: Mid-West

Milestone Growth Fund, Inc.75 South 5th St., Suite 705Minneapolis, MN 55402

tel: (612) 338-0090fax: (612) 338-1172

Preferred Investment Size: $150,000Investment Policy: Loans, Loans with Warrants, Equity with DebtInvestment Type: Expansion, Early StageIndustry Preference: DiversifiedGeographic Preference: National

Peterson Finance and Investment Company3300 West Peterson Avenue, Suite AChicago, IL 60659

tel: (773) 539-0502fax: (773) 583-6714

Polestar Capital, Inc.180 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1905Chicago, IL 60601

tel: (312) 984-9875fax: (312) 984-9877

Preferred Investment Size: $1-$3 MilInvestment Policy: Primarily EquityInvestment Type: Early to Later StagesIndustry Preference: IT, SoftwareGeographic Preference: National

White Pines Capital Corp.2929 Plymouth Road, Suite 210Ann Arbor, MI 48105

tel: (313) 747-9401fax: (313) 747-9704

Preferred Investment Size: $1-$5 Mil.Investment Policy: Stock, equityInvestment Type: Expansion, growthIndustry Preference: Manufacturing, Retail, Value-added, Life Sciences, Biotech, Telecom, IT, InternetGeographic Preference: Midwest


U.S. Small Business Administration - Training and Counseling Services


Small Business Development Centers

East St. Louis SBDC601 James R ThompsonSIUE East St. Louis CenterCampus Box 1200East St. Louis, IL 62201-1200

Phone: (618) 482-8330Fax: (618) 482-8341

Edwardsville SBDC

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Alumni Hall 2126

Campus Box 1107

Edwardsville, IL 62026-1107

Phone: (618) 650-2929

Fax: (618) 650-2647

Salem SBDC

Kaskaskia College

206 West Main

Salem, IL 62881

(618) 548-9001

Springfield SBDC

Lincoln Land Community College

1300 South 9th

Springfield, IL 62703

Phone: 217.789.1017

Fax: 217.522.3512



Rend Lake College

468 N. Ken Gray Pkwy

Ina, IL 62846

Phone: 618-437-5321 ext 1714



Missouri Venture Forum



information exchange


The Venture Club of Indiana


The Venture Club of Louisville


Other Venture Firms in Illinois

Digital Age Ventures

First Analysis Venture Capital

High Street Capital LLC


Illinois Ventures

Origin Investments


Venture Capital Background Information and Links


Illinois Business and Investor Forum


Employment and Recruitment Programs in Southwestern Illinois


Business Financing in Southwestern Illinois


Tax Incentives in Southwestern Illinois


Southwestern Illinois Resource Websites




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