40TUDE Business

A robust web presence is a must for small businesses.

For many small businesses, meeting customers’ expectations for online commerce and social media is a challenge. 40TUDE helps you amplify your online visibility and sales capacity with expert design and web services. 40TUDE is your new outsourced marketing team!

Our Partners

40TUDE Business brings together local marketing experts, industry-experienced faculty/instructors and talented NIU students. Partners include DeKalb County UNITES, OC Creative and NIU's Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development, College of Business and Jobs PLUSYou’ll work with experienced professionals every step of the way, as they guide the NIU students who are working behind the scenes.

Our services

We'll take care of it for you – $500 each

  • Online Presence - If you’re just getting started online, we’ll ensure your business has accurate information listed on popular platforms like Google My Business, Yelp and Facebook.
  • Social Media Plan- We’ll help you improve your social media presence with header designs, profile pictures, a posting plan, suggested voice and several starter designs.

Let’s take your online presence up a level - $1,000 each

  • New/Redesigned Website – Let us design or redesign your website (up to seven pages) for a fresh, appealing look.
  • E-Commerce and Online Sales – Ready to start selling online or update your online sales platform? Our team will work with you to create a seamless e-commerce experience for customers.

Your Eligibility

If you have a small business in Northern Illinois, you’re eligible!

Get Started

Submit your application on the DeKalb County UNITES webpage. Once you apply, OC Creative – DeKalb’s own creative agency – will contact you to begin the process.

Meet the Team

Federico Basetti (fede@niu.edu) – student team manager/project liaison
Chad Glover (cglover@niu.edu) – grant management and student employment liaison
Jennifer Groce (jgroce@niu.edu) – 40TUDE project manager
Brian Oster (brian@occreates.com) - OC Creative CEO and 40TUDE business client management

Contact Us

Jennifer Groce
Director of Community Promotion
40TUDE Business Logo
Back to top