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Metro East SBDC offering minority entrepreneurship workshop in East St. Louis

The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will host a workshop on Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship on May 22.

sbdclogoThe workshop will focus on a variety of general topics designed to instruct new business start-ups and individuals who have an interest in entrepreneurship.

The topics will include:
• Business planning
• Business entity formation
• Business Enterprises Program certification
• Importance of credit
• How to gain access to capital
The event is sponsored by Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of East St. Louis and will take place at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center, 101 Jackie Joyner-Kersee Circle in East St. Louis.

“This is an opportunity for entrepreneurs of all backgrounds to learn from the Department of Commerce’s experience on how to start a business,” said Jo Ann DiMaggio May, SBDC director and experienced small business counselor. “While a goal of this workshop is to help minority entrepreneurs, such as veterans, international students, women and racial minorities, this is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs who are not minorities to come and join in on the conversation as well.”

The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Those interested may call (618) 650-2929 for more information. Registration is open online at

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