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Committed to Central Illinois

At Emerging Business Services, we are dedicated to serving others and our community.

Startup Community Meetups

Bloomington-Normal’s new generation of entrepreneurs.

Slingshot CoWork

The first space dedicated to the startup community in Bloomington-Normal.

Angel Investor Network

The Bloomington Normal Angel Investor Network, Inc. was created to build a vibrant private investment community in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.

Emerging Business Capital

Emerging Business Services is honored to house Bloomington-Normal’s first venture capital fund.

Why does Emerging Business Services exist?

We are committed to transforming Bloomington-Normal and our neighboring communities into vibrant, sustainable startup and emerging company communities. Emerging Business Services provides high-quality financial services, financial capital and access to high-quality human capital.

We believe that Bloomington-Normal deserves a dynamic community of startup and emerging companies. Emerging Business Services is dedicated to creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem that produces not just a few, but dozens and even hundreds of high-potential companies.

We believe the best times for Bloomington-Normal are ahead of us. We see the future of our community filled with high-character business leaders equipped with the financial and human capital to produce and grow high-quality companies. We believe businesses located in Central Illinois deserve the very best.

Dedicated to Bloomington-Normal

Existing entrepreneurs in Bloomington-Normal and entrepreneurs graduating from Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan, and Heartland Community College deserve the following:

  • An opportunity to receive unqualified support from business leaders in Central Illinois. Emerging Business Services is committed to ensuring local business leaders receive the highest level of service available, thereby increasing their probability of success.
  • An opportunity to have their projects funded
  • An opportunity to launch long-term, highly successful business here in Central Illinois. Emerging Business Services is committed to building a supportive ecosystem for successful businesses to remain in Central Illinois.
  • Access to high-quality financial services and human capital

About Us

Accounting and Financial Services with a Purpose.

Emerging Business Services is a multi-faceted, synergistic financial services firm offering CFO and capital services exclusively to premier emerging companies in Central Illinois. Emerging Business Services is committed to transforming the economic and financial landscape of Bloomington-Normal by fostering a dynamic community of startup and emerging companies. We accomplish this goal by putting others and our community before ourselves.

Standard of excellence

Emerging Business Services clients are:

  • Individuals and organizations with a foundation of trust and integrity
  • Leaders possessing powerful business ideas
  • Aware of the need for high-quality financial assistance in order to grow their business
  • Focused on others and responsive to their wants and needs
  • Working with a long-term vision for a vibrant, sustainable business community in Central Illinois

Business Thought Formation and Business Points of View

Clear thinking and well-articulated points of view are powerful tools in business. Everyone’s thoughts are based upon a framework, and everyone’s speech is formed with a specific purpose in mind, both of which should be given first priority in business. Our thoughts and speech determine the results we achieve – positive or negative. At Emerging Business Services we base our thoughts and speech on

“May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O God.” ~Psalm 19:14

At Emerging Business Services, we pride ourselves on having a correct framework for thought and purpose in speech. We benefit from it, and so do our clients. We would love an opportunity to discuss how having a correct framework for thought and a correct purpose in speech has benefited our clients and how it can benefit your business.

Risk and Motives for Risk

Taking risk is a fundamental aspect of business, one that is crucial to understand. An often overlooked aspect of  risk is a proper understanding of the motive for taking risk. A question we pose at Emerging Business Services to ourselves and our clients is “Do we have a correct motive for taking risk?” Understanding the motive should be given first priority in determining which business risks to take. At Emerging Business Services we base our motives for taking risk on

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” ~1 John 4:9

In short, God took a risk to help us reach something that we could not reach for ourselves. At Emerging Business Services, we take risk focused on helping others reach something they could not necessarily reach for themselves. We would love an opportunity to discuss how having this motive has benefited us, our clients and how it can benefit your business.

Partners

Emerging Business Services is privileged for the opportunity to focus on the needs of Central Illinois’ start-up and emerging company community. Below are some examples of how Emerging Business Services is making a positive impact through focusing on others:

George R. and Martha Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Illinois State University

In 2014, Emerging Business Services, and the companies it capitalized, were the largest contributors to the ISU Entrepreneur Startup Showcase. The 2014 prize package exceeded $90,000. Emerging Business Services considers their sponsorship of this prize package one of our greatest privileges, as it is an opportunity to focus on the needs of new entrepreneurs coming out of the university system in Bloomington-Normal. We believe that these ISU entrepreneurs deserve a chance to have their projects funded and to receive high-quality assistance with their endeavors. Emerging Business Services is proud to participate in this incredibly important work headed by Dr. Mark Hoelscher at the George R. and Martha Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Illinois State University. We encourage everyone in the Bloomington-Normal business community to get involved. Emerging Business Services is committed to maintaining our leadership role in this fantastic endeavor. To find out more about the ISU Startup Showcase, click here. To learn more about the George R. and Martha Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, click here.

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The Bloomington-Normal Angel Investor Network, Inc.

In 2014, Emerging Business Services had the privilege of co-founding the Bloomington Normal Angel Investor Network along with Mr. Mike Somers. The Bloomington Normal Angel investor Network is committed to:

1.) Providing access to capital for startup and emerging companies, and

2.) Re-landscaping the Bloomington-Normal business community with a vibrant startup and emerging company community. To learn more about the Bloomington Normal Angel Investor Network, visit bnangels.com.

Slingshot CoWork

We believe in creating a long-term, vibrant, sustainable startup community in Bloomington-Normal. Which is why we partnered with the Bloomington-Normal Angel Investor Network to launch Slingshot CoWork in Uptown Normal—the first space in Bloomington-Normal dedicated specifically to the startup community.

When diverse backgrounds and ideas collide, the necessary fuel for innovation is created. Our shared working environment at Slingshot CoWork serves various groups of professionals. Members are working independently on various endeavors, but share similar values and recognize the synergy that can result from collaborating and working alongside like-minded professionals. In a nutshell, Slingshot CoWork offers the professionalism of a corporate office, the flexibility of a gym, and the comfort of a coffee shop. Check out our memberships page for more information on how to become part of Slingshot CoWork.

Capitalization of Startup and Emerging Companies

At Emerging Business Services, we believe there is a bright future ahead for our community. We had the privilege of capitalizing four businesses/endeavors in 2014 through the Bloomington-Normal Angel Investor Network, Inc.
  • High Growth:
    • internrocket.com – To learn more about internrocket.com, visit their website at internrocket.com.
  • Small Business:
    • The Etiquette Training Institute of Central Illinois. To learn more, visit their website at www.etioci.com. Read the founder of the Central Illinois Training Institute’s blog at www.aladyscode.com.

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Grace of God Children’s Project

In 2015 Emerging Business Services adopted the Grace of God Children’s Project, which allows our business services to meet the needs of others in Kenya. The opportunity to participate in this worthy endeavor was brought to our attention by Nick Glimsdahl, who is leading the U.S. based effort to assist the Grace of God Children’s orphanage. Emerging Business Services provides resources such as capital, legal, educational, health, clothing, nutritional, and others to the Grace of God Children’s project. To learn more about this endeavor or how you can participate, click here.

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