New Ventures Find Fertile Ground in Knox County

Find Resources for Your Success

You’ve got a great idea for a business. Now what? Working with the KCAP team will allow you to break the complex process of starting a business into achievable steps. From an idea to a plan and from a plan to execution, we will work with you side-by-side throughout the startup process.

$0 cost for advisement and assistance

$2+ million in startup financing provided to date

1 Email to get started

Step One: Create a Business Plan

The Illinois Small Business Development Center specializes in getting new companies up and running by providing assistance and advice on the early stages of starting a business:
Selecting the right legal structure for your business

  • developing a comprehensive business plan
  • preparing your startup financials
  • understanding state filing requirements
  • understanding taxation
  • developing a marketing plan

Accessing those services is as easy as contacting Ann Friederichs at 309-762-3999 x62243.

Step Two: Capital and Real Estate

With your completed business plan in hand, KCAP can help you find the right space to thrive and the right strategy to get funded. KCAP can with help with things like:

  • finding a site or an existing building
  • special financing strategies
  • state and local incentives
  • demographic data and traffic counts
  • navigating regulatory matters
  • marketing materials

For help at this stage, reach out to Ken Springer at (309) 343-1194.

We’ve included general guidance for some common situations here:

Carl Sandburg College’s Department of Workforce Development & Community Education has partnered Ed2Go to offer non-credit online classes in business, computer applications, hospitality, fitness business management, and more. The Knox College office for career placement is also ready to welcome students into the workforce as well as be a tool for the community. 

2023 Small Business Grant Recipient

“KCAP (Ken and Abby) are very professional and friendly to work with”

2023 Small Business Grant Recipient

“Without Ken I would have quit a long time ago. THANKS KEN AND ABBY! “

Amanda Powell

“KCAP was so helpful.  They connected me with the resource I needed to put my business plan together and then helped me locate and apply for a grant to start my business.  They supported me along the way and helped give me the confidence to start my business.  I now am a successful business owner and could not be more excited!” — Amanda Powell, Owner, Therapy for Positive Aging