The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SIUE has set its workshop schedule for the remainder of 2012. The SBDC is a valued partner of America’s Central Port and provides business counseling services to tenants of the River’s Edge Enterprise Center, the only small business incubator in southwestern Illinois.
The SBDC will host monthly “Starting a Business in Illinois” workshops twice each month; one in Edwardsville and one in East Saint Louis. In addition, the SBDC will be offering three new workshops this fall to help companies and potential entrepreneurs learn specialized skills to help them run a successful small business.
The cost of attending these workshops is $10 by cash or check, and attendees can pay upon arrival. To register or for more information, call the Edwardsville SBDC at (618) 650-2929 or the East Saint Louis SBDC at (618) 482-8330, or visit: http://www.siue.edu/business/sbdc/.
Starting a Business in Illinois
Thursday, Sept 13th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Edwardsville
Thursday, Sept 27th from 10:30am – 12:30pm in East St. Louis
This workshop is highly recommended for any prospective business owner and encouraged for any existing business. It covers the following topics: an orientation to Illinois SBDC services, financing options, business plan development, organizations in the area that assist with taxing and licensing, and overview of other requirements for starting a business in Illinois. After you attend the Starting a Business in Illinois Workshop, you may continue your relationship with the Illinois SBDC at SIUE by setting up an appointment with a counselor. For more information, download the SBDC’s “Thinking about Starting a Business?” brochure.
Financial Projections and QuickBooks
Friday, September 28th from 1:00 to 4:00pm
This course will be taught by Susan Young, CPA. Susan is a professor at SIUE and owns her own accounting firm. The course will be broken down into four sections. Section one will be one hour, and will teach you why QuickBooks is not working for you. Section two will be one hour spent on helping you learn how to project the financials of your business. Section three will be 30 minutes long and discuss business valuations, and the workshop will end with 15 minutes of Q & A.
Internet Marketing and Social Media
Thursday, October 18th from 3:00 to 5:00pm
This course will be taught by Dick Slackman of Tenby Technology. Dick will discuss how you can better market your business through the Internet. Social media basics will also be taught, including how to use Facebook, Twitter, and other sites to help you gain exposure for your business.
Thursday, November 8th from 3:00 – 5:00pm
This course will be taught by Susan Bailey, Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer for National Bank. Susan will discuss the basics of how small businesses can obtain loans to help finance their business and the overall process of how lending works.
For more information on all of the SBDC’s workshops, visit their website at: http://www.siue.edu/business/sbdc/.