September 2012

Illinois Small Business Development Center Workshops Announced for Fall 2012

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.

Lending 101

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/.

 

America’s Central Port Hosts Area Realtors Briefing and Rededicates Monument to Desert Shield

Illinois Representative Jerry Costello II Makes Remarks During Rededication Ceremony

IAmerica’s Central Port: To commemorate 9/11, America’s Central Port hosted a re-dedication ceremony in conjunction with an Open House and Tour conducted for St Louis area Realtors on Tuesday, September 11, 2012. The re-dedication ceremony of the Desert Shield Monument and Memorial Tree was held at the former US Army Charles Melvin Price Support Center in Granite City, Illinois now known as America’s Central Port. This ceremony will mark the official re-dedication of the Desert Shield Monument located just across from the main headquarters building on the former military base. With a detachment of the US Coast Guard Color Guard present, IL Representative Jerry F. Costello II, himself a Desert Shield veteran, placed a memorial wreath and made remarks at the monument about his service in Desert Shield and his thoughts about September 11.

IL Representative Costello remarked that when he served in the conflict, as a member of the US Army 82nd Airborne, he recalls hearing the sound of B-52 Bombers and other aircraft as they flew towards their targets in Iraq and he was glad they were on his side. He also recognized area realtors who were in attendance who served their country. The 82nd Airborne were among the first units to deploy during the first conflict which led to the overthrow of Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein.

Members of the US Coast Guard Color Guard Detachment Upper Mississippi River Detachment

In the lead up to the conflict,  in 1990 fellow Arab Gulf states refused to endorse Hussein’s plan to cut production and raise oil prices leaving him frustrated and paranoid. Iraq had incurred a mountain of debt during its war with Iran that had lasted for most of the previous decade, and the Iraqi President felt that his Arab brothers were conspiring against him by refusing to raise oil prices. After weeks of massing troops along the Iraq-Kuwait border and accusing Kuwait of various crimes, Hussein sent seven divisions of the Iraqi Army into Kuwait in the early morning hours of 2 August 1990.

The invasion force of 120,000 Iraqi troops and 2,000 tanks quickly overwhelmed Kuwait’s defensive forces, allowing Hussein to declare, in less than a week, that Kuwait was his nation’s nineteenth province. The UN responded quickly, passing a series of resolutions that condemned the invasion, called for an immediate withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait, imposed a financial and trade embargo on Iraq, and declared the annexation void.

Regarding Iraq’s actions as a threat to a vital interest of the US, namely the oil production capability of the Persian Gulf region, President George HW Bush ordered warplanes and ground forces to Saudi Arabia after obtaining King Fahd’s approval. Iraqi troops had begun to mass along the Saudi border, breaching it at some points, and indicating the possibility that Hussein’s forces would continue south into Saudi Arabia’s oil fields. Operation DESERT SHIELD grew rapidly to become the largest American deployment since the Vietnam War. Eventually, 30 nations joined the military coalition arrayed against Iraq, with a further 18 countries supplying economic, humanitarian, or other type of assistance. On 17 January 1991, when it became clear that Saddam would not withdraw, Desert Shield became Desert Storm. 148 members of the US military died during the conflict. In late 1990, a chapter of the Non Commissioned Officers Association in St. Louis planted a weeping willow tree and a monument at the then US Army Base in Granite City. The base supported operations during Desert Shield and eventually Desert Storm at that time.

Area Realtors Attend Port Briefing on New Mississippi River Bridge

Area Realtors also participated in an Open House with the Port and had the opportunity to preview America’s Central Port and its assets.  During a lunch briefing, officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation gave a detailed presentation on the new Mississippi Bridge. IDOT District Engineer Ted Nemsky and Ken Sharkey detailed the progress of the new bridge and how it will impact economic development in the region by improving access in the area. The Port’s Executive Director, Dennis Wilmsmeyer then gave an overview of the Port and Business Development Director Frank Miles conducted tours of port facilities and operations.

Sponsors for the event were The Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®, The REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois and America’s Central Port.

 

Operation Desert Shield Monument To Be Rededicated at America’s Central Port

America’s Central Port: To commemorate 9/11, America’s Central Port will host a re-dedication ceremony in conjunction with an Open House conducted for St Louis area Realtors on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.

The public is welcome to attend the re-dedication ceremony of the Desert Shield Monument and the Memorial Tree at 1:15pm across from the Port Office building at 1635 West First Street, Granite City, IL. For area Realtors, an Open House event will be held from 11:30am-2:00pm in the Office Center of Warehouse 3B on 1201 West First Street at America’s Central Port, Granite City, IL.

This ceremony will mark the official re-dedication of the Desert Shield Monument located on the former Charles Melvin Price Support Center. With a detachment of the US Coast Guard Color Guard present, IL Representative Jerry F. Costello II, himself a Desert Shield veteran, will place a memorial wreath and make remarks at the monument.  Those realtors in attendance who serve or have served in the military will be honored.

Before the ceremony, area realtors are also invited to an Open House with the opportunity to preview America’s Central Port and its assets.  The Illinois Department of Transportation will give a presentation on the new Mississippi Bridge, and the Port’s Executive Director, Dennis Wilmsmeyer will give an overview of America’s Central Port.  A bus will leave for re-dedication ceremony at 1:00pm, and after the ceremony, there will be a brief tour of America’s Central Port.

Sponsors include The Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®, The REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois, Cecil Management, and America’s Central Port.

For Realtors, the event is free and a light lunch is included.  To RSVP, please call 618-452-8440 or email rwilliams@americascentralport.com.