The city of Collinsville and the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce are inviting local and regional business owners and entrepreneurs to meet the staff of the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to participate in one-on-one counseling sessions.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Collinsville City Hall Chamber Room located at 125 S. Center St.
Metro East SBDC Interim Director Jo Ann Di Maggio May said the open houses are an effective way to connect with the local business community.
“We always enjoy SBDC Community Days, and truly appreciate Collinsville City Manager Mitch Bair, Chamber Executive Director Wendi Valenti and Collinsville serving as our host,” said Di Maggio May. “It truly takes a team effort to help small businesses survive and thrive.”
SBDC staff 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
• Buying and selling a business
• State and federal regulations
• Exporting and international trade
The SBDC Day includes a one-hour “Starting and Growing Your Business” panel discussion, featuring representatives from the SBDC, The Bank of Edwardsville, Bullseye Marketing, Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the city starting at noon.
Attendees who desire to meet privately with an SBDC counselor are encouraged to request a 30-minute appointment by calling (618) 650-2929.
Di Maggio May and her staff plan to hold at least 10 SBDC Days in 2017.