Center for Research and Services
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Brief Description:

Effective July 1, 1973, the Small Business Institute (RG 19-8-2) and the Business Research Bureau (RG 19-8-1) merged into the Center for Research and Services.

Established July 1, 1958, the primary purpose of the Business Research Bureau was to make scholarly information available to the local businesses.

The Small Business Institute was stablished in 1954 to develop executive training for small business. Its functions

included a degree-granting program, assistance to area businesses, and educational programs designed to benefit business groups. Ralph Bedwell was appointed director. Staff consisted of members of educational units who contributed to the program, and adjunct professors or research associates drawn from qualified experts. (Note:  Not to be confused with Small Business Development Center at Southern IL Research Park, on Pleasant Hill Road.)  Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is administratively under OERD, the Office of Economical and Regional Development.  For SBDC, see RG 75-11.

The Director of the Small Business Institute was advised by a council (RG 19-8-3) consisting of the President or a representative as Chair, and representatives from business, industry, labor, law, agriculture, banking, and education. These were named by the President after consultation with leaders in these fields and with appropriate members of the University staff.

Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 3/RG 19/8
Volume: 1.0 Boxes
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.
PreferredCitation: [after identification of item(s)], Records of the Center for Research and Services, Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.