Centralia To Host SIUE’s IL Small Business Development

June 1, 2018

The Centralia Economic Development Office is pleased to bring this valuable small business resource to the area.

On Wednesday, June 13, local business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the region are invited to meet the SIUE Small Business Development Center (SBDC) staff and participate in one-on-one counseling sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Centralia City Hall, 222 S. Poplar Street Centralia IL 62801.

Staff from Illinois SBDC for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will be available to talk confidentially with business owners and entrepreneurs on a range of topics including, but not limited to: business financing,  marketing assistance, social media strategy, business plans, expansion opportunities, buy and selling a business, state/federal regulations. exporting and international trade.

The SBDC Day runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a 90 minute “Discussing the Client Experience” Workshop, starting at 12 p.m. (noon), presented by Carol Eckhoff, MS, CEAS I, CSMT.
This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs and business owners to discover the valuable business resources that the SBDC has to offer.

Attendees wanting to meet privately with a SBDC counselor are encouraged to request a 30-minute appointment by calling 618-650-2929.

IL SBDC of the Metro East at SIUE Interim Director JoAnn DiMaggio May finds these open house events an effective way to connect with local business community.

“We always enjoy SBDC Community Days and truly appreciate Ms. Lambert and the City of Centralia serving as our host,” said Di Maggio May. “It truly takes a team effort to help small businesses to survive and thrive.”

Di Maggio May and her staff plan to hold at least ten SBDC Days in 2018.

The Metro East SBDC assists entrepreneurs as well as existing business owners operating in the nine-county Metro East region of Calhoun, Jersey, Madison, Bond, Clinton, St. Clair, Washington, Monroe and Randolph. It enhances the region’s economic interests by providing one-stop assistance to individuals by means of counseling, training, research and advocacy for new ventures and existing small businesses.

SBDCs in Illinois are funded, in part, through a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as a service to the community. To learn how these no- cost services may help your business venture, contact the Metro East SBDC at 618-650-2929 or sbdcedw@gmail.com.