Spring 2015 Seminars/Classes/Workshops


Brainstorm Your Business Idea      

You’re dreaming of owning and operating our own business but you don’t know where to start. This session will take you from an idea to planning stages of feasibility. Understand how to analyze your business idea and then take it to the next level. This class will brainstorm through the most critical steps in the business planning process.

Tue      6-8 p.m.           Feb 24 1 Session

Bev Malooley  C-325, IVCC  CEX-9540-302           $40


Small Business Planning 101           

This workshop is an introduction and overview of the many areas in business that are included when writing a business plan or marketing plan. Attendees are encouraged to bring a hardcopy of a business plan or marketing plan they are currently working on for their business.

Wed    8:30-10:30 a.m.           Feb 25 1 Session

Gina    C-325, IVCC  CEX-9542-02 $40



So You Want to Start a Business

Starting a new business is both exciting and frightening. This workshop will provide you an overview of how to write a business plan, register a business name, obtain a tax ID number, appropriate insurance, recordkeeping, legal ownership and other start-up issues. You will gain general knowledge of what basic action need to be implemented along with your plan.

Tue      6-8 p.m.           Mar 3   1 Session

Bev Malooley  C-325, IVCC  CEX-9508-303           $40


Small Business & Social Media

Social media is one tool small businesses should be using within their business and in 2015 social media is widely used by consumers and does not appear to be disappearing anytime soon. More importantly the young millennials, who are working in your business, are using social media. Entrepreneurs and Small Business owners will learn how to use social media as a learning and communication tool. 

Wed    8:30-10:30 a.m.           Mar 25             1 Session

Gina    C-325, IVCC  CEX-9530-03 $40



Business Make-Over

Learn simple techniques to improve the overall customer experience. Everything from curb appeal to attitude can impact revenue. This workshop will provide action steps that you can apply immediately to your business. This is an interactive learning workshop for owners, managers and employees. Bring your team and let’s get to work.

Tue      6-8 p.m.           Mar 31 1 Session

Bev Malooley  C-325, IVCC  CEX-8541-303           $40


Small Business Marketing

Small Business owners should have more insight into each marketing resource. In 2015, there are many marketing opportunities to choose from and understanding the tools and how to utilize each one will be discussed. Attend this workshop to learn more marketing tips. This workshop will also include networking opportunity. Please bring business cards with you.

Tue      8:30-10:30 a.m.           Apr 7   1 Session

Gina    C-325, IVCC  CEX-9521-04 $40


 Lender Forum 2015


Lender Forums are a series of informational sessions designed for commercial lenders, offering presentations and updates from various Government financing organizations.  Topics will include the SBA One, Veteran Advantage Program, and Upcoming SBA Training Opportunities. Organizations presenting at the forums include: U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA 504 Corporations, Illinois Small Business Development Centers, and SBA Microlenders. Encouraged to attend are Commercial Lender, CPA, Economic Developers & Mayors.

Tuesday March 25, 2015

Peru City Hall , Peru, IL

9am-12 Noon

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40 Under Forty Nominations Late Spring/Early Summer 2015

40 Under Forty Event Fall 2015

Breakfast of Champions Awards Ceremony    Fall 2015


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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity