Upcoming GrowthWheel Workshop: Great tool to organize your information and make decisions. Save the Date Wednesday June 9th.
Small Business & Entrepreneur Resource Expo
Tuesday November 18, 2014 8:30 am-10:30am
The Small Business & Entrepreneur Resource Expo is FREE, but advance registration is required.
To register email Dianna at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (815)-433-5830. Click here for Flyer (PDF format)
We are in full operation in our new location. We moved to IVCC Main Campus C-328. We look forward to many exciting things happening in 2014. We will keep you posted. Have you heard about Starved Rock Startups? If you haven't and want to learn more about it, please go to www.starvedrockstartsups.com
Breakfast of Champions 2013
The Illinois Small Business Development Center hosted their 3rd annual
Breakfast of Champions at Deer Park Country Club on Thursday October 24,
2013. We honored 16 companies at this event. These are local business
owners that have made a BIG impact on the development of our community.
We recognized our SBDC
Advisory Board:Jay Baxter, Jamie Gahm, Tom Becker, Brian Carnes, Marci Duro, Jordan Ellena, Nora Fesco, Sam Fisher, Al Forristall, Jamie Gahm, Kelly Klobucher, Debb Ladgenski, Kevin Lindeman,Yona Lunkin, John McCormick, Boyd Palmer, Ted Parisot, Jim Peters, Troy Resetich, Deb Schultz, & Bob Vickrey. Also recognized was the SBDC Funding
Partners:Illinois Valley Community College, Sterling Development Corporation,Illinois Labor Management,City of Spring Valley, and Ottawa Area Chamber of
Commerce & Industry. Next, 2013
Corporate Event Sponsor: Hometown National Bank (4o Under Forty). Now for the award winner, we begin with 2013-2014
Student Entrepreneurs: Blake Billig, Justin Taylor, and David Bartley all from LaSalle-Peru Township High School. Austin Berberich from Henry High School, and Nathan Ward from Putnam County School. 2013
Entrepreneur Educator of the Year: Jay McCracken, Superintendent of Putnam County Schools. 2013
Advocate of the Year:Jordan Ellena- University of Illinois Extension. 2013
Advocate of the Year: Debb Ladgenski-City of Spring Valley Economic Development Director. 2013 Funding
Partner: Heather Sotelo, Executive Director Greater Sterling Development Corporation. 2013
Start-Up Business Owner of the Year: Mark Krum of Krum Creations.2013
Start-Up Business Owner of the Year: Christie Pasieka & Michelle Olson of Christy’s Kitchen Ltd. 2013
Start-Up Business Owner of the Year: Joe Marenda of Joey’s Sausage & Deli. 2013
Start-Up Business Owner of the Year:Matthew Becker of Stone Jug Barbeque.
Keynote Speaker and 2013 Hall of
Fame: Seattle Sutton of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.2013
Business Owners of the Year:Glenn Biscocho & Edgardo Biscocho of Biscocho Automotive LLC. 2013
Business Owner of the Year:Ann Crosby of Annie’s Little Pots. 2013 Business Owner of the Year:Brian
Padilla of Bri-Morr Trucking.2013 Business Owner of the Year: Dave
Pellegrini of D&M
Owner of the Year:Dr. Wendy Sanders-Maubach, O.D. 2013
Business Milestone:45 Years Robert Kuhn of Robert Kuhn Photography. 2013 Niché Business of the Year:Fred Konrad & Diane Baker of Paws Here Pet Resort. 2013 Veteran
Owned Small Business
of the Year: Cody Burroughs of State Farm.2013 Web
Development Business of
the Year:AJ Hauser of Hauser Design Group. 2013
Marketing Technologies Business of
the Year: Ted Parisot of Informé.
2013 Entrepreneur of the Year
August Hill Winery &
Illinois Sparkling Co.
Facts About Government Grants
SBA does NOT provide grants for starting and expanding a business.
Government grants are funded by your tax dollars and, therefore,
require very stringent compliance and reporting measures to ensure the
money is well spent. As you can imagine, grants are not given away
Grants from the Federal government are authorized and appropriated
through bills passed by Congress and signed by the President. The grant
authority varies widely among agencies. SBA has authority to make grants
to non-profit and educational organizations in many of its counseling
and training programs, but does not have authority to make grants to
small businesses. The announcements for the counseling and training
grants will appear on (www.grants.gov.) If Congress authorizes Specific Initiative Grants, organizations receiving such grants will receive individual notifications.
Some business grants are available through state and local programs,
nonprofit organizations and other groups. For example, some states
provide grants for expanding child care centers; creating energy
efficient technology; and developing marketing campaigns for tourism.
These grants are not necessarily free money, and usually require the
recipient to match funds or combine the grant with other forms of
financing such as a loan. The amount of the grant money available varies
with each business and each grantor.
If you are not one of these specialized business, both federal and
state government agencies provide financial assistance programs that
help small business owners obtain loans and venture capital financing from commercial lenders.
Websites are now free for Illinois businesses!
At the Illinois Small Business Development Center, we believe the web is an essential platform for
all of our members. That’s why we’ve joined Illinois Get Your Business Online a
Google-led program that provides the tools and resources
for Illinois businesses to get online and succeed online.
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A free local business listing on Google
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While 97% of Americans look
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have a website or online presence. These businesses are virtually invisible to
many potential customers.
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