The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the cities of O’Fallon, Shiloh and Fairview Heights, will serve as host to a free workshop on business financing on Friday, March 24.
The seminar and one-on-one counseling sessions will take place at The O’Fallon Shiloh Chamber Meeting Room, 200 S. Lincoln St., O’Fallon.
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 runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a one-hour “How to Hire and Keep Good Employees” workshop presented by Marc Voegele, owner of Express Employment Professionals, 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 as a service to the community. To learn how these no-cost services may help your business venture, contact the Metro East SBDC or email@example.com.
— From the Illinois Business Journal