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City of O’Fallon and Metro East SBDC to host Small Business Workshop


Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend a free workshop on business financing and participate in one-on-one counseling sessions at the O’Fallon Shiloh Chamber of Commerce (116 E. First St. O’Fallon) on Friday, July 22.

Staff from Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center 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 in O’Fallon runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the one-hour “Social Media” workshop starting at noon. Attendees wanting to meet privately with a SBDC counselor are encouraged to request a 30-minute appointment by calling (618) 650-2929.

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.


— From the Illinois Business Journal


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