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SBDC, East St. Louis group seek to build alliances between business and government

The Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Greater East Saint Louis Business Development Association will bring local small business and government together in an open dialogue from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. The event is set for SIUE’s East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, Building D Multipurpose Rooms 1006-1008.

sbdclogoThe event is open to all business owners regionally, particularly St. Clair County and the East St. Louis community. It will focus on a variety of general issues concerning small business growth and development in Illinois. The topics will include:

● Small Business Growth and Development Opportunities in the city of East St. Louis
● Small Business Development Resources on local, state and federal levels
● Opportunity Zones Benefit for Small Business and Economic Development

The event aims to bring together business owners, business professionals and local officials to encourage a positive and productive dialogue, and share resources to promote successful small business.

“This is an opportunity for all small businesses to express their needs and concerns,” said Jo Ann DiMaggio May, SBDC director and small business counselor. “The goal of this session is particularly to help minority entrepreneurs by providing a venue for honest and collaborative dialogue.”
GEBDA President Edmond Brown said, “This event will help small businesses in East St. Louis grow. There will be opportunities to connect with civic and GEBDA partners to learn about available resources.”

For more information, contact Jo Ann Di Maggio May at Registration is available online at

The mission of Greater East Saint Louis Business Development Association is to drive economic development, help existing businesses grow, and create jobs in the Greater East St. Louis Community.

The Illinois SBDC for the Metro East at SIUE assists existing companies as well as new businesses headquartered in the nine-county Metro East region of Calhoun, Jersey, Madison, Bond, Clinton, St. Clair, Washington, Monroe and Randolph. It is a no-cost service to the community supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and SIUE.

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